Nesta Trust

58 Victoria Embankment

Contact Person

Nathan Elstub
Chief Investment Officer
DescriptionNesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society. Nesta is based in the UK and supported by a financial endowment. We work with partners around the globe to bring bold ideas to life to change the world for good. The Nesta Trust, is a charitable trust which holds all the investment assets invested to fund the charitable activities of Nesta in advancing the objects of the Trust.ApproachNesta believes that responsible investment can enhance long-term portfolio performance. In particular, capturing investment opportunities driven by environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration and active ownership may have a material impact on investment returns and risks. The Trust’s Investment Committee aims to encourage companies to innovate for the delivery of longterm returns. Some of our responsible investment initiative’s will take time to implement fully. +Z50Divestment: Where practical we have sold out of those companies whose activities, we deem incompatible with our charitable objectives. In early 2018, the Board approved a policy to exclude investment in tobacco and controversial weapons from segregated mandates and where feasible via pooled fund investments. When reviewing existing or appointing new investment managers the Trust Investment Committee will review a manager’s ESG credentials and voting policies.