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Climate Change and the Environment

We believe climate change will be a defining driver of the global economy, society and financial markets in the future, and that investors will be unable to avoid the impacts of this.

Liontrust supports the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and preferably to 1.5, compared to pre-industrial levels.

Liontrust is operationally carbon neutral by offsetting its Scope 1 and 2 market-based emissions, supporting projects to provide clean water access for families in Laos and solar cooking for refugee families in Chad.

Liontrust is committed to support the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner in line with global efforts to limit warming to 1.5C in Scope 3 investments.

A company’s greenhouse gas emissions are classified into three scopes. Scope 1 are direct emissions from company owned and controlled resources. Scope 2 are indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy. Scope 3 are all indirect emissions – not included in scope 2 – that occur in the value chain. In Liontrust’s case, Scope 3 includes emissions from companies that we have invested in.

Net Zero Now Financial Advisers Initiative

Liontrust is proud to be a founding development partner for a new sector-specific tool to help advisory businesses measure, report and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Liontrust worked alongside four other financial advisory firms in this pilot of a new industry roadmap to Net Zero. This puts the tools for climate action in the hands of the UK’s 5000+ financial advisers and was developed by Net Zero Now, the carbon accounting and climate action platform which aims to help businesses of all sizes fight climate change and boost business success.

Liontrust worked with Net Zero Now to develop the sector-specific roadmap to Net Zero which sits at the heart of the Initiative, with input from academics, climate experts and a pilot group of financial advisers. This roadmap is aligned with the latest global climate science, including the Science Based Targets Initiative and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, which set standards and best practice for measuring and managing emissions.

Longer-term, firms participating in the Net Zero Financial Advisers Initiative will be able to report on their emissions using Net Zero Now’s platform, evidence their performance in reducing their emissions versus government benchmark figures and achieve a certification to confirm they are ‘On the Road to Net Zero’.

Peter Michaelis, Head of the Liontrust Sustainable Investment team, said: “Much of the focus for decarbonisation has been on large well-resourced companies. But it is critical that smaller businesses also take action. This Net Zero Financial Advisers Initiative offers a rigorous yet simple tool that advisers can use to plan their path and measure their progress to a zero carbon world. Liontrust is delighted to have supported its development.

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For more information, please visit the Net Zero Now website.

Policies and reports

Our approach and commitments

Responsible investor

A Responsible Investor

Liontrust recognises that environmental, social and governance (ESG) potentially has a material impact on the future success of our investments and on the returns generated by businesses. We continue to develop our responsible investment activities across all our fund management teams.

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Diversity and Inclusion

We are proud of the people who work at Liontrust and we invest in their training, qualifications and development as part of our strategy to retain talented fund managers and employees.

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Good corporate citizen

Good Corporate Citizen

We seek to be a responsible company and are committed to contributing to and benefiting the wider society.

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Human rights

Human Rights

Liontrust’s policies are consistent with internationally recognised human rights principles such as the UN Global Compact. We comply with applicable human rights legislation in the countries where we operate.

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Liontrust’s assets are our people. We pride ourselves on the quality of our people’s knowledge and ability and therefore their positive impact on clients, investors and stakeholders.

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