Responsible Investment

Signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment

Meiji Yasuda Asset Management endorses the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) launched by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative and UN Global Compact in April 2004, and became a signatory in March 2016.

The UN Principles for Responsible Investment incorporate were launched with the aim of improving long-term investment results for customers and final beneficiaries, the idea being that institutional investors should first establish a good understanding of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues and then incorporate them into the investment process, etc.

We will endeavor to further deepen our understanding of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues and to factor ESG considerations into our research and investment processes to the extent required to fulfil our fiduciary responsibilities.

Six Principles for Responsible Investment

  1. 1.We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.
  2. 2.We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.
  3. 3.We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.
  4. 4.We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry.
  5. 5.We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.
  6. 6.We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.

Signatory to the Principles for Financial Action towards a Sustainable Society (Principles for Financial Action for the 21st Century)

Meiji Yasuda Asset Management endorses the Principles for Financial Action towards a Sustainable Society (Principles for Financial Action for the 21st Century) and became a signatory in March 2016.

Following the 2010 report "Towards Green Finance: The New Role for the Financial Sector in Building a Low-Carbon Society," which included a policy recommendation on formulating principles for environmental financial action to encourage wider use of green finance in Japan, "The Principles for Financial Action towards a Sustainable Society (Principles for Financial Action for the 21st Century)" were formulated by a Drafting Committee including banks, securities firms, insurance companies, and asset management companies, with the Ministry of the Environment taking on the role of the committee's secretariat.

We will strive to develop and increase the competitiveness of an industry that contributes to the formation of a sustainable society through the development and provision of financial products and services, while also working to reduce environmental impacts through our corporate activities.

Principles for Financial Action for the 21st Century

  1. 1.We will recognize our roles and responsibilities, taking into account the precautionary approach, and promote those actions that contribute towards shaping a sustainable society.
  2. 2.We will contribute to the formation of a sustainable global society through the development and provision of financial products and services leading to the development and increased competitiveness of "industries contributing to a sustainable society" as represented by the environmental technologies and services sector.
  3. 3.From the perspective of regional development and improvement in sustainability performance, we assist the environmental programs of small and medium enterprises. We will also back activities that will raise environmental awareness amongst citizens and support disaster readiness and community activities.
  4. 4.In the formation of a sustainable society we will recognize the importance of cooperation with diverse stakeholders and will not only participate in its activities but will endeavor to take a proactive role.
  5. 5.We will not be limited to complying with environmental laws and regulations but will take active steps to reduce our own environmental footprint through resource and energy savings as well as encouraging our suppliers to do likewise.
  6. 6.We will recognize activities that will further profile sustainability as a business issue and will endeavor to disclose information on our activities.
  7. 7.To implement the above actions we will aim to raise the awareness of environmental and societal issues of our own board and support them to take an active role through their normal duties.