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      Environmental, Social and Governance Investing

      Recent News: Neuberger Berman Awarded Top PRI Scores for ESG Global Integration Efforts
      Neuberger Berman has been awarded top scores in the most recent UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) assessment report of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration efforts as of year-end 2017. Read More
      Our ESG Evolution
      "Our ESG philosophy, which is really something that is owned and believed in by the individual investment professionals that work here at Neuberger, is a belief that ESG factors can be material to investment performance over the medium to long term from both a risk and an opportunity perspective. "
      ~ Jonathan Bailey, Head of ESG Investing

      "As a firm, Neuberger Berman believes that material environmental, social and governance characteristics are an important driver of long-term investment returns from both an opportunity and a risk mitigation perspective.
      We also understand that for many of our clients the impact of their portfolio is an important consideration in conjunction with investment performance."

      Overview

      Introduction: Avoid, Assess, Amplify, and Aim for Impact
      Jonathan Bailey, Head of ESG Investing at Neuberger Berman, provides an overview of our ESG legacy and ongoing commitment across our investment platform.

      ESG Capabilities

      Our investment teams discuss ESG integration across asset classes within the firm.

      Emerging Markets Equity with Conrad Saldanha
      U.S. Equities with Ingrid Dyott
      Municipal Fixed Income with James Lyman
      Investment Grade and Non-Investment Grade Fixed Income with Steve Flaherty and Chris Kocinski
      Emerging Markets Debt with Gorky Urquieta
      ESG in Private Equity

      Collaboration

      We work with like-minded institutions to advance the integration of environmental, social and governance factors across markets.

      PRI

      Neuberger Berman has been a signatory of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) since 2012. We actively contribute to the PRI’s work through collaborative engagements, working groups and initiatives. Most recently we have helped lead the PRI’s work to encourage the credit rating agencies to integrate ESG into credit ratings.

      RI Transparency Report (pdf)

      www.unpri.org

      SASB Alliance

      Neuberger Berman is a founding member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Alliance, which aims to help develop and maintain standards for public-company ESG disclosures using a rigorous process of evidence-based research and broad, balanced stakeholder participation. We use the SASB framework as the starting point for assessing material ESG factors across our investment platform.

      www.sasb.org/alliance

      United Nations Global Compact

      Neuberger Berman, a registered participant, is committed to making the United Nations Global Compact’s Ten Principles on human rights, labor standards, environmental protection, and anti-corruption part of the strategy, culture and day-to-day operations of our company.

      www.unglobalcompact.org

      CDP

      Neuberger Berman has been an Investor Member and Signatory of CDP since 2004 and supports CDP’s work running the leading global disclosure system for self-reported company environmental data. Most recently we have actively assisted the CDP in enhancing the methodology of their Water Disclosure and Forest Footprint Disclosure projects.

      www.cdp.net

      Global Impact Investing Network

      Neuberger Berman is a member of the Global Impact Investing Network, an organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. We are involved in the institutional investor initiative and an active member to support the development of the impact investing industry.

      www.thegiin.org

      CECP SII

      Neuberger Berman has been a member of CECP for over a decade and shares their vision that corporations and their leaders can and should be a force for good in society. We currently sit on CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative (SII) Advisory Board helping the SII’s work to create a forum where CEOs can present long-term plans to long-term investors.

      cecp.co

      US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment

      Neuberger Berman has been a member of U.S. SIF since 1989 and a supporter of its efforts to advance sustainable, responsible and impact investing across all asset classes. We are a long-time supporter of the US SIF’s biennial report on Sustainable and Responsible Investing Trends which tracks the growing pool of ESG investing assets.

      www.ussif.org

      Impact Management Project

      Neuberger Berman is an Advisor for the Impact Management Project–a global, collaborative effort to adopt shared fundamentals for how we articulate, measure and manage impact. We are closely partnering on the practical implications for incorporating the framework across the investment platform and multi-asset class portfolios as well as reporting on social and environmental impact.

      www.impactmanagementproject.com

      Embankment Project

      Neuberger Berman is a founding participant in the Embankment Project for Inclusive Capitalism, an effort to change the way corporate value is measured and reported. We are working across the investment value chain to better understand, measure and compare the investments made by companies to advance inclusive capitalism and to create long term value for shareholders.

      www.inc-cap.com

      FAIRR

      Neuberger Berman is a member of the Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return network in support of FAIRR’s work to raise awareness of the material investment risks and opportunities connected with intensive livestock farming and poor animal welfare standards.

      www.fairr.org

      ICCR

      Neuberger Berman has been a member of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility since 1971 in support of their work engaging companies to promote more sustainable and just business practices. We believe ICCR’s work helps secure a better future for company employees, customers and shareholders and acts a powerful catalyst for social change.

      www.iccr.org

      Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

      Neuberger Berman is a formal supporter of the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) because we believe that climate change is a material driver of investment risk and return across industries and asset classes.

      www.fsb-tcfd.org/supportive-quotes/

      Ceres

      Neuberger Berman is a member of the Ceres network of investors and companies, who tackle the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses. We are involved in a range of collaborative initiatives, from the Climate Action 100+ campaign to engagement and proxy voting on individual shareholder resolutions.

      www.ceres.org

      World Benchmarking Alliance

      Neuberger Berman is an ally of the World Benchmarking Alliance, which their mission is to provide everyone with access to information that indicates how companies are contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.

      www.worldbenchmarkingalliance.org

      FCLT Global

      Neuberger Berman is a member of FCLT Global, a not-for-profit organization that works to encourage a longer-term focus in business and investment decision-making. We accomplish this by developing practical tools and approaches to support long term behaviors across the investment value chain.

      https://www.fcltglobal.org/

      Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change

      Neuberger Berman is a signatory of the Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change, which urges governments to step up their ambition and action to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, support investment in the low-carbon transition, and improve climate-related financial disclosures.

       

      Stewardship

      Our commitment to engagement and good governance extends across our investment platform. We are signatories and active supporters of stewardship codes across multiple geographies:

      U.S. Investor Stewardship Group
      Neuberger Berman is a signatory to the Investor Stewardship Group (ISG), a collective of some of the largest U.S.-based institutional investors and global asset managers, along with several of their international counterparts. The ISG was formed to bring all types of investors together to establish a framework of basic standards of investment stewardship and corporate governance for U.S. institutional investor and boardroom conduct. www.isgframework.org
      UK Stewardship Code
      Neuberger Berman subscribes to and is a signatory of the UK Stewardship Code published by FRC. We believe that good stewardship and responsible investment will provide our clients with better long term investment performance, thus enhancing the value that accrues to the ultimate beneficiary. www.frc.org.uk View Our Statement
      Japan Stewardship Code
      Neuberger Berman welcomed and accepted the Principles for Responsible Institutional Investors “Japan’s Stewardship Code” in 2011. We continue to support the work of the Japan FSA to promote sustainable growth through dialogue between investors and management. www.fsa.go.jp View Our Statement

      Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

      Neuberger Berman has been a signatory of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) since 2012. We actively contribute to the PRI’s work through collaborative engagements, working groups and initiatives. Most recently we have helped lead the PRI’s work to encourage the credit rating agencies to integrate ESG into credit ratings. Neuberger Berman obtained the highest score, A+, for its overarching approach to ESG strategy and governance in the most recent PRI Assessment Report.

      Download RI Transparency Report     View our scorecard

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