Our approach to Responsible Investing

Our firm-wide policy

Downing is an investment management firm that is committed to responsible investing. Our policy applies across all of our assets under management, and is renewed annually.

ESG strategies by business

Our portfolio of assets worth c. £1.4bn (Dec 2020) are managed by five different business areas: Energy & Infrastructure, Development Capital, Property Lending, Ventures and Downing Fund Managers. 

While the Responsible Investment Policy is firm-wide, each business area has their own approach to incorporating environmental, social and governance factors into their investment business, therefore, we publish their individual approaches to sustainability.

Stewardship code

In September 2021, Downing was accepted as a signatory to the Financial Reporting Council Stewardship Code. The code sets high standards of stewardship for those investing money on behalf of UK savers and investors and is recognised globally as a best-practice benchmark in investment stewardship.

Check out our submission below, which provides an overview of our overall approach as active asset managers.

Voting and engagement

We have a fiduciary duty to make use of our voting rights and to engage with companies where we hold shares to ensure they are run in a way that protects the interests of our investors. Our voting and engagement policy is aligned with our vision of Responsible Investing and will be reviewed annually and published here.

PRI

Downing became a signatory to the Principles of Responsible Investing in 2019 and will be publishing our 2020 results this Summer.