Market leader and pioneer in sustainable investments
The demand for sustainable and responsible investments has been on the rise for years. Erste Asset Management is the market leader in Austria with sustainably invested assets under management of EUR 15.4bn (as of 30 October 2022) and is one of the most important players in the DACH (i.e. Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) region. The company has a long track record in the field of sustainability. As early as 2001, Erste AM launched the first environmental equity fund. In 2006, the cooperation with WWF Austria followed and in 2009, Erste AM was the first investment company in Austria to sign the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI). The most recent milestones include last year’s expansion of the Coal Divestment Policy to exclude coal-fired generation and the integration of the Paris climate targets.
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FNG (Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen e.V.) is the trade association for sustainable investments in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and represents over 230 members who are committed to more sustainability in the financial industry. It awards the transparency logo for sustainable investment funds, publishes the FNG sustainability profiles and has developed the FNG seal for sustainable investment funds. FNG is also a founding member of the European umbrella organisation Eurosif.
About the FNG seal:
The FNG label is the quality standard for sustainable investment funds in the German-speaking region. The holistic methodology of the FNG label is based on minimum standards. These include transparency criteria and the consideration of labour and human rights, environmental protection, and anti-corruption measures and policies as summarised in the globally recognised UN Global Compact. All companies in the respective fund must also be fully scrutinised for sustainability criteria, and the product must come with an explicit sustainability strategy. Investments in nuclear power, coal mining, significant coal-fired power generation, fracking, oil sands, weapons, and armaments are taboo.
Erste Asset Management (Erste AM) coordinates, and is responsible for, all asset management activities within Erste Group Bank AG. At our offices in Austria, Germany, Croatia, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary, we manage assets of EUR 68.36bn October 2022.