Responsible investing statement
Barclays is committed to understanding our investors’ needs. If you’re an investor, we know that fundamentally you want your investments to achieve attractive financial returns. But a growing number of our clients want to achieve more.
With growing concerns over climate change, geopolitical uncertainty and structural inequality, as well as the stability of financial markets, we remain committed to acting in the best long-term interests of our clients and wider stakeholders.
Since 2016, we’ve been a signatory of the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Investment. This global, collaborative network of investors incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into its investment and ownership decisions. Our commitment to integrate ESG factors into our own decision-making aligns with our long-term investment horizon and our investment process.
This commitment doesn’t detract from our duty to act in the best long-term financial interests of our clients. In this fiduciary role, we believe that ESG issues can affect the performance of investment portfolios (to varying degrees across companies, sectors, regions, asset classes and through time). Read our responsible investment policy.
Additionally, Barclays supports the aims of the UK Stewardship Code. This code sets guidelines for how asset managers should interact with the management of companies in which they’re invested. As we primarily use third-party asset managers, we’re not direct signatories to the code. However, when we choose our managers, we assess their approach to responsible investment and stewardship, and encourage the managers to be aware of the UK Stewardship Code. Read more about our position.
An increasing number of institutions and individual investors share our desire for investments that have a positive impact on the world.
We aim to improve sustainability by engaging directly with our third-party managers on the topic and lobbying for broader reporting standards and further regulatory change.