DescriptionCandriam is a multi-specialist asset manager with €130 billion in AuM (December 2019) and a successful 20-year track record in creating long-term value for its clients. Our ultimate parent, the triple-A-rated New York Life Insurance, is one of the largest life insurance companies and mutual life company in the United States. Candriam stands for “Conviction And Responsibility in Asset Management”: conviction-based investment decisions and a sense of responsibility to our clients run through everything we do. With investment centers in Brussels, Paris, Luxembourg and London, our conviction-driven investment solutions cover several key areas: bonds, equities, absolute performance strategies, and asset allocation. CANDRIAM is a pioneer in sustainable investments with, since 1996, an innovative range covering all its asset classes.ApproachCandriam has been managing sustainable investments since 1996 and is a founding signatory of the UN PRI. As a responsible asset manager for over two decades, ESG considerations are central to Candriam’s investment philosophy. Candriam’s company-wide controversial activities policy integrates ESG factors including exclusions on controversial weapons, thermal coal and tobacco. We are committed to the continuous development of our long-standing ESG expertise and solutions. Our SRI fund range covers equities, fixed income and asset allocation strategies as well as thematic funds spanning various geographical regions, including emerging markets. Since 2005, Candriam has had an independent and dedicated ESG Team. Our proprietary ESG approach involves selecting issuers with a positive exposure to key sustainable challenges and strong management of stakeholders. This is coupled with an active stewardship approach comprising direct and collaborative dialogue with companies, and a proxy voting process that we have been refining since 2003. We continuously seek to strengthen synergies with investment platforms to enhance ESG integration across all our strategies. Lastly, sustainability is embedded in Candriam’s corporate culture. We seek to create a positive impact in our strategic business choices and therefore have decided to offset scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions generated by our business.