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Hermes SDG Engagement Equity

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The Strategy aims to generate strong investment returns while creating positive impacts on society through engagements focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We focus on attractive companies with the potential – through engagement aligned with the UN SDGs – to generate outcomes that benefit people, the planet and investors.

Hamish Galpin, Head of Hermes Small & Mid Cap

Why Hermes SDG Engagement Equity?
The Strategy aims to generate attractive investment returns and positive social and environmental impacts – particularly in emerging markets – through engagements focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are an ambitious, universal set of objectives agreed by UN member states. We believe that there are compelling opportunities to create such change and long-term value among small- and mid-cap businesses, many of which are not typical engagement targets of either shareholders or NGOs, yet whose operations and supply chains provide rich potential for improvement and the direct access required for successful engagement.

Capability Icon 1SDG focused: The SDGs provide an ideal framework for engaging to create more impactful and financially successful companies.
Capability Icon 2Catalysing impact: Engaging for positive outcomes by aligning corporate outputs with the SDGs, rather than investing in already impactful businesses.
Capability Icon 3Investment expertise: As experienced stock-pickers, we have a strong 30-year track record in small- and mid-cap equities – an asset class ripe for improvement through engagement.
Capability Icon 7Engagement strength: Committed to responsible investment since 1983, we have a large team skilled in face-to-face engagement with corporate executives and directors.
Capability Icon 5Serving investors, serving society: Companies focused on the SDGs meet society’s enduring needs – sources of persistent demand that provide long-term growth opportunities.
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Hermes SDG Engagement Equity Strategy

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Catalysing impact

The UN SDGs provide an ideal framework for engaging to create more sustainably profitable and impactful companies.

Hermes SDG Engagement Equity Strategy

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Investment expertise

As experienced stock-pickers, we have a strong 30-year record in small-and mid-cap equities – an asset class ripe for improvements through engagement.

Hermes SDG Engagement Equity

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Engagement strength

Committed to responsible investment since 1983, we have a large team skilled in face-to-face engagement with corporate executives and directors.

Hermes SDG Engagement Equity Strategy

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Serving investors, serving society

Companies focused on the UN SDGs meet society’s enduring needs – sources of persistent demand that can support long-term business growth.

Hermes SDG Engagement Equity Strategy

What are the SDGs?
The SDGs are a universal set of goals, targets and indicators for global development. They serve as a blueprint for significantly changing the world – by ending global poverty, safeguarding the planet and aiming for prosperity for all – by 2030. Established by the UN in September 2015, the SDGs were adopted by the international community, including 193 governments.

There are 17 SDGs, and within these goals there are 169 targets and 230 indicators, which seek to realise the human rights of all and achieve gender equality, among other issues. They are integrated and indivisible and balance three primary dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. To achieve these goals, it is estimated that it will require investment of between $5-7tn each year until 2030. Approximately $1tn comes from public funds from the UN and member countries annually, while private capital must fund the remaining $6tn annually1.

Video: Investing in the SDG's

Podcast: The Hermes SDG Engagement Strategy

Dan Churchouse meets with Hamish Galpin, Head of Hermes Small & Mid Cap Equities and Will Pomroy,  Associate Director of Engagement, Responsible Investment to discuss the SDG Engagement Strategy in depth in this podcast. 

  1. 1 “UN Sustainable Development Goals,” published by UN PRI as at November 2017.