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Our Philosophy
As an active manager, Neuberger Berman has a long-standing belief that material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are an important driver of long-term investment returns from both an opportunity and a risk-mitigation perspective.

We also understand that for many clients the impact of their portfolios is an important consideration in conjunction with investment performance. We recognize that ESG factors, like any other factor, should be incorporated in a manner consistent with the specific asset class and style of each investment strategy. We consider ESG factors across our investment platform and offer a range of solutions to meet client objectives.

“Getting to a more sustainable world requires the judgement to make complex decisions about where to allocate precious long-term capital. Our clients have always chosen to partner with us because they trust our judgement – and increasingly that trust is earned through our innovative approach to ESG and impact analysis.”

~ Jonathan Bailey, Global Head of ESG and Impact Investing

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.
While the last year was a tough one for investors and asset managers, we believe we came through it in better shape than many of our peers. In our Annual Report, we reflect on what saw us through the past year.
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.
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
4,693 engagement meetings with corporate management teams across equities and credit
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 Named to 2020 PRI Leaders' Group
Neuberger Berman Named to 2020 PRI Leaders' Group

Neuberger Berman was named in 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

The year 2020 represents the first year that asset managers became eligible for PRI Leader designation, which formerly included asset owners only. The new designation was awarded to only 20 of the ~2,100 investment manager PRI signatories. The Leaders’ Group showcases signatories at the cutting edge of responsible investment, and highlights trends in what they are doing. PRI uses signatories’ reporting responses and assessment data to identify those that are doing excellent work in responsible investment – across their organizations and with a focus on a given theme each year. The 2020 theme is climate reporting. Information about PRI Leader is sourced entirely from PRI and Neuberger Berman makes no representations, warranties or opinions based on that information.

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