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Our Philosophy
As an active manager, Neuberger Berman has a long-standing belief that financially material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors may be an important driver of long-term investment returns from both an opportunity and a risk-mitigation perspective. We also understand that for some clients the outcomes that their portfolios enable are an important consideration in conjunction with investment performance.

“We’ve always believed that the integration of financially material environmental, social and governance factors should be made in the context of the specific strategy, asset class and the manner in which risk and return are managed. It is not a one-size-fits-all but a bottom-up approach that we take.”

~ Jonathan Bailey, Global Head of ESG and Impact Investing

Our Net-Zero Commitment
Neuberger Berman is a signatory to the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative, which has the goal of achieving net-zero emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. We are committed to supporting investing aligned with net-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner. We believe that financial institutions have a key role to play in mitigating climate change and the risks it presents to businesses and the global economy. Incorporating climate factors into our investment process aligns with our fiduciary responsibility and long-term philosophy of seeking to maximize risk-adjusted returns for our clients.
Living Our Commitment to ESG
1989: First dedicated sustainable investing strategy
Over 2,700 credit and 4,000 equity proprietary NB ESG Quotient ratings1
NB Votes first major asset management firm to disclose in advance of key proxy votes
First North American asset manager to secure a sustainability-linked credit facility
Range of ESG-integrated investment strategies across public and private markets, as well as outcomes-focused solutions
4,658 engagement meetings with corporate management teams across equities and credit
Our Climate-Related Corporate Strategy
Our TCFD climate-related corporate strategy covers investment risk and opportunity, as well as the operational resilience of our business. We seek to protect our clients’ assets from material climate-related risks and to identify opportunities as appropriate on behalf of our clients.
ESG Advisory Council
The exchange of ideas is core to our ESG philosophy. To enhance our ESG leadership position, we formed an ESG Advisory Council that aims to bring the latest knowledge from academia, the non-profit sector and institutional asset owners into the heart of Neuberger Berman. Our council members are respected thought leaders across the ESG landscape who advise us on key sustainability themes.
Neuberger Berman’s 2023 PRI Assessment Scores
Neuberger Berman’s 2023 PRI Assessment Scores

Neuberger Berman scored above both the median of all reporting signatories and of large investment management peers globally2 for our ESG integration efforts in every reported category in the most recent UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) assessment report.3

Neuberger Berman Identified As Part Of 2020 PRI Leaders’ Group
Neuberger Berman Identified As Part Of 2020 PRI Leaders’ Group

The PRI identified Neuberger Berman as part of the 2020 Leaders' Group for our efforts to assess, manage and disclose climate risk and opportunity across our investment strategies. Only 20 asset managers were awarded this designation of the ~2,100 investment manager PRI signatories.4

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