Our social responsibility

At GPI Europe, we recognise the importance of supporting projects that give back to nature. We understand that we have a responsibility to look beyond our business and to focus on the needs of the society in the world in which we live.

We are honoured to have reforestation through One Tree Planted as an integral part of our business model. One Tree Planted is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to global reforestation. They plant trees to restore nature and biodiversity. They also raise awareness about the importance of trees, offer businesses like ours a simple sustainability solution, and motivate younger generations to do something positive for the environment.

For every completed contract GPI Europe will plant at least 20 trees.

Why to plant trees

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Air

Trees help to clean the air we breathe. Through their leaves and bark, they absorb harmful pollutants and release clean oxygen for us to breathe. In urban environments, trees absorb pollutant gases like nitrogen oxides, ozone, and carbon monoxide, and sweep up particles like dust and smoke.

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Water

Trees play a key role in capturing rainwater and reducing the risk of natural disasters like floods and landslides.  Their intricate root systems act like filters, removing pollutants and slowing down the water’s absorption into the soil. 

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Biodirversity

A single tree can be home to hundreds of species of insect, fungi, moss, mammals, and plants. Depending on the kind of food and shelter they need, different forest animals require different types of habitat. Without trees, forest creatures would have nowhere to call home.

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Social impact

From arborists to loggers and researchers, the job opportunities provided by the forestry industry are endless. Sustainable tree farming provides timber to build homes and shelters, and wood to burn for cooking and heating.

5

Health

Trees help reduce stress and anxiety and allow us to reconnect with nature. In addition, shade provided by tree coverage helps protect our skin from the ever-increasing harshness of the sun.

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Climate

Trees help cool the planet by sucking in and storing harmful greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into their trunks, branches, and leaves — and releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere.

How we invest responsibly

Responsible investing is one of three pillars that underpin our entire process of deciding where to invest your money – along with managing risk and managing costs.
We are well aware of the challenges facing the world today, both in terms of climate change and in the social and economic spheres. As an international company, we aim to help you make the most of your wealth without harming the environment and society over time. Our position makes it possible to create a difference in a much broader context by giving advice on capital in a way that has a positive impact on society and contributes to a more sustainable future.

Our asset manager’s investment strategies are in line with the above statements. By using the defined responsible investing strategies (ESG integrated), we are trying to meet the diverse needs of our clients across a wide range of asset classes. The investment approach used is based on restriction criteria, engagement and voting policy, ESG integration, and transparent reporting.

What are ESG investing terms?

When looking at whether a company or fund is suitable for our investment clients, we examine its plans to address three key areas – known as ESG:

Environmental – its impact on the environment.
This includes carbon emissions, deforestation, water usage, and packaging.

Social – its impact on society.
This includes how it treats staff, making sure supply chains avoid unethical labour practices, and the health impact of its products.

Governance – its impact on the business environment.
This includes its accounting practices, how it negotiates with suppliers, its attitude to diversity, and how it contributes to a fair and stable market environment.

The Paris agreement
A United Nations agreement – also known as COP 21 — sets out an action plan to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

Principles for responsible investment (PRI)
The world’‎s leading organisation on responsible investing, the PRI encourages investors to use responsible investment to enhance returns and better manage risks. It is an independent body that’‎s supported by the United Nations.

Climate action 100+
A global body, run by five leading environmental organisations, with the world’‎s biggest corporate greenhouse gas emitters firmly in its sights. It works with investors to ensure the relevant companies take appropriate action to tackle climate change.

Carbon intensity
The standard measure of how much carbon a company emits per million dollars of revenue.

Low carbon economy
An economy that sees the energy businesses need to operate generated from renewable, sustainable sources such as wind, water, and solar power.

Building for a better world

Green bonds

Greening plays an important role in the recovery after the Covid19 pandemic. Governments are adapting their policies and financing plans to this, and the green bond market is benefiting from this situation. The green bond market is one of the fastest-growing segments in the bond market, they are issued by governments and companies to finance climate-related projects. This niche combines the performance characteristics of its classic counterparts with a positive impact on the environment.
GPI Europe offers to our clients various solutions that span asset classes, regions, and styles with the aim of helping clients achieve their investment goals.

We believe:
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Green bonds are an excellent alternative to conventional fixed-income securities.

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They offer a similar financial return and have a positive impact on the environment.

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These bonds must be assessed at the issuer and project level to ensure that all investments are truly green.

Impact equity

Impact equity funds invest in companies that actively contribute to solving three global challenges: ensuring the health and well-being of people, protecting the planet we live on, and strengthening access to financial prosperity. Our investment strategy includes innovative companies that actively contribute to solving global challenges. With its multi-stakeholder approach, on one side, it aims at positive societal and environmental impact, on the other, it aims at financial returns for investors.

We believe:
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Positive impact companies experience rising demand for their products and services.

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Defining a true-impact universe prevents Impact washing.

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Active engagement enhances financial and non-financial performance.

Sustainable equity

Being sustainable investments stands for a plan of global cooperation to combat poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and discrimination in any of its manifestations.

Before the outbreak of the corona crisis, the 2020s were already looking like a watershed decade for responsible investing. Increasing numbers of investors are making sustainability a default part of their selection criteria and this is also reflected in increased regulation, such as the ambitious plans for an EU taxonomy.

The first step of the selection process consists of a rough ESG and financial screening and companies that do not meet our standards are not eligible for investment. We do not invest in companies that are not transparent with regard to ESG or have a particularly poor score on ESG characteristics!

We believe:
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Sustainability is a robust alpha source.

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Active stock selection of companies with sustainable business models results in excellent long-term performance.

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We take the value chain as a starting point and are therefore able to select the strongest sustainable companies.

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