Investment Week reveals finalists for Sustainable & ESG Investment Awards 2021

Building on the proud 15-year history of these awards, Investment Week has introduced a number of new categories and extended our judging panel this year to better reflect the huge growth in this area of the market and the main interests of our readers.

This year we were pleased to introduce new categories including: Best Sustainable & ESG Portfolio Range, Best Sustainable & ESG Research Paper, Best Sustainable & ESG Investment Initiative, Best Sustainable & ESG Thematic Fund and a number of awards to reward innovation in the space.

The winners will be revealed during a special online awards ceremony on 28 September.  

Investment Week invited submissions for the awards earlier this year. Depending on the category, entrants for the awards had to provide detailed information to the judging panel to demonstrate their strength in areas including: performance record and meeting their sustainable & ESG objectives; how they incorporate sustainability and ESG considerations into their investment processes; team structure and support; meeting investor needs, as well as wider global impact; client communications and reporting; examples of effective engagement; thought leadership; incorporating new ideas & innovation; and taking the lead on wider industry initiatives.

The entries were then judged by a panel of sustainable and ESG investment experts drawn from across the industry. We were also pleased to welcome a number of new judges to the panel this year. To view the judging panel click here.  

When deciding on the shortlists for the two Best Sustainable & ESG Fund Management Group of the Year categories, the judges considered entrants’ achievements in areas including: strength of fund proposition, including sustainable fund ranges and/or integrating ESG effectively across the wider range; leading the way in this area at company and industry-wide level, especially over the past 12 months; engagement record and driving change; providing education and support for investors on sustainable & ESG investing.

During the awards ceremony, we will also reveal the winner of the Outstanding Contribution to the Sustainable & ESG Investment Industry accolade.

We would like to thank our judging panel for giving their valuable time and expertise to judge the entries this year. You can view the full panel here.

For more information on the awards click here.

Sustainable and ESG Investment Awards 2021 Finalists

Best Sustainable & ESG Investment Initiative

AllianceBernstein Climate Change and Investment Academy, in conjunction with Columbia University’s Earth Institute

Candriam and The Candriam Academy

DWS, AMX, Minerva Analytics, Northern Trust: Pooled Split Voting Initiative

Fidelity International – Seafarers Engagement Programme

HSBC Asset Management / HSBC Pollination Climate Asset Management joint venture

Impact Agora

Lyxor ETF CO Tool

Nordea Asset Management – Engagement Vung Ang 2

Sustainalytics – Material Risk Engagement

Triodos Investment Management – Coordination principles to support the financial inclusion sector during COVID-19

Best Sustainable & ESG Thought Leadership Paper

A Woman’s Place – Working Paper Aberdeen Standard Investments

AIQ The Climate Edition Aviva Investors

Corporate Governance at Rio Tinto – an ESG case study Cameron Hume Limited

Do Green Bonds Deliver for Fixed Income Investors? TwentyFour Asset Management

Investing in radical change – investment landscape in a COVID-19 world Triodos Investment Management

Investor Expectations for Paris-aligned Accounts Sarasin & Partners

Sizing the green economy: Green Revenues and the EU taxonomy FTSE Russell, an LSEG business

Stakeholder Capitalism: Aligning Value Creation with Protection of Values S&P Global Ratings

The road ahead for the SDGs Robeco

Unlocking Humanitarian and Resilience Investing through Better Data GIB Asset Management

Weighing the investment implications of climate change policy J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Best Sustainable & ESG Research Paper

Candriam Sovereign Sustainability Model Candriam

Climate Scenario Analysis: A Rigorous Framework for Managing Climate Financial Risks and Opportunities Aberdeen Standard Investments

Does sustainable investing deprive unsustainable firms from fresh capital? Robeco

ESG in Action: Protecting the Amazon by investing in Brazilian Beef AllianceBernstein

Greenium: an ally, and source of opportunities Mirova

How to build a climate-adjusted government bond index FTSE Russell, an LSEG business

Sustainable voting behaviour of asset managers: do they walk the walk? Robeco

The PWM Green Matrix Partners Wealth Management 

What COVID-19 Means for Globalisation Lazard Asset Management

Best Sustainable & ESG Research & Ratings Provider

S&P Global Ratings

Square Mile Investment Consulting and Research

SRI Services



Best Sustainable & ESG Research Team

Aberdeen Standard Investments Central ESG Investment Function

AllianceBernstein Sustainable Global Thematic Research Team

BMO Responsible Investment Team

Responsible Investments Team at Nordea Asset Management

Royal London Asset Management Sustainable investing team

Best Sustainable & ESG Portfolio Range

AllianceBernstein Sustainable Global Thematic Platform

BNY Mellon Sustainable Fund range

EQ Positive Impact portfolios

HSBC Asset Management / HSBC Global Sustainable Multi-Asset Portfolios

Liontrust Sustainable Future funds

Morningstar ESG Portfolios

Pictet Asset Management Thematic Equities

Royal London Asset Management Sustainable investing range

Tribe multi-theme portfolios

Best Sustainable & ESG Support Services Provider or Consultancy


ESG Accord Ltd

FE fundinfo

SRI Services

Best Sustainable & ESG Wealth Manager/DFM Group

7IM Investment and Risk Team

Aberdeen Standard Capital

Cazenove Capital

EQ Investors

Handelsbanken Wealth & Asset Management

P1 Investment Management

Tribe Impact Capital

Best Impact Equity Fund 

Federated Hermes Impact Opportunities Equity Fund

FP WHEB Sustainability Fund

M&G Positive Impact Fund

Montanaro Better World Fund

The Climate Impact Asia Fund

UBAM – Positive Impact Equity

Best Sustainable & ESG Equity Fund

AllianceBernstein Sustainable Global Thematic Equities Fund

BMO Responsible Global Equity Fund

Liontrust SF Global Growth Fund

Mobius Investment Trust (MMIT)

Nordea 1 – Emerging Stars Equity Fund

Premier Miton Ethical Fund

Theam Quant Europe Climate Carbon Offset Plan

Threadneedle UK Sustainable Equity Fund

Best Sustainable & ESG Bond Fund

AB Sustainable Global Thematic Credit Fund

Aegon Ethical Corporate Bond Fund

Muzinich Sustainable Credit Fund

Nuveen U.S. Core Impact Bond Fund

Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund

Robeco Global SDG Credits Fund

Wellington Global Impact Bond Fund

Best Sustainable & ESG Multi-Asset Fund

BNY Mellon Sustainable Real Return Fund

Jupiter Global Ecology Diversified Fund

Liontrust SF Managed Fund

M&G Sustainable Multi Asset Fund

Best Sustainable & ESG Alternative Assets Fund

FP Foresight Global Real Infrastructure Fund

Gresham House Energy Storage Fund plc

JLEN Environmental Assets Group Limited

Low Carbon Core Infrastructure Fund

Quinbrook Low Carbon Power Fund

SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust plc

Best Environmental / Climate Change Fund

Aviva investors Climate Transition European Equity Fund

Guinness Sustainable Energy Fund

Ninety One Global Environment Fund

Pictet-Global Environmental Opportunities Fund

Schroder ISF Global Energy Transition Fund

Best Sustainable & ESG Thematic Fund

Wellington Emerging Market Development Fund

RobecoSAM Smart Energy Equities

Vontobel Fund – Clean Technology

Active Solar

Best Sustainable & ESG Index Provider

Foxberry Ltd

FTSE Russell, an LSEG business

HSBC Asset Management / Developed World Sustainable Index Fund

Best Sustainable and ESG ETF

Franklin Liberty Euro Green Bond UCITS ETF

Invesco MSCI USA ESG Universal Screened UCITS ETF

Lyxor Green Bond (DR) UCITS ETF

Most Innovative Sustainable & ESG ETF Launch

BNP Paribas Easy ECPI Global ESG Blue Economy UCITS ETF

Franklin S&P 500 Paris Aligned Climate UCITS ETF

HSBC Asset Management / HSBC Sustainable Equity ETFs

Lyxor S&P Eurozone Paris-Aligned Climate (EU PAB) (DR) UCITS ETF

Rize Sustainable Future of Food UCITS ETF

Most Innovative Sustainable & ESG Fund Launch

BNP Paribas Environmental Absolute Return Thematic Equity (EARTH)

Regnan Global Equity Impact Solutions Fund

Robeco Climate Global Credits

Schroder BSC Social Impact Trust

TT Environmental Solutions Fund

UBAM – Positive Impact Emerging Equity

VH Global Sustainable Energy Opportunities plc

Best Sustainable & ESG Fund Management Group of the Year (AUM under £20bn)

Earth Capital

EdenTree Investment Management

Gresham House

Montanaro Asset Management

Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners

Triodos Investment Management

TwentyFour Asset Management

WHEB Asset Management

Best Sustainable & ESG Fund Management Group of the Year (AUM over £20bn)

Aegon Asset Management

BlueBay Asset Management

BMO Global Asset Management


Federated Hermes

Impax Asset Management


Nordea Asset Management

Pictet Asset Management


Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable & ESG Investing Award

To be announced during the awards ceremony