Global asset management firm AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) announced today that it will begin including ESG targets in the incentive compensation packages for senior executives, including goals focused on reducing the carbon footprint of investment portfolios.
The compensation policy will apply to approximately 400 senior executives at the firm, and focus primarily on portfolio decarbonization, with 75% of the ESG portion of deferred compensation tied to targets to reduce carbon intensity in the corporate portfolio by 25% by 2025 for AXA IM Core employees, or to have 50% of the real estate portfolio to be aligned to the Carbon Risk Real Estate Monitor (CRREM) trajectories by 2025 for AXA IM Alts employees. The remaining 25% of the ESG portion will be linked to AXA IM’s interim target to reduce its corporate operational CO2 footprint by 26% by 2025.
The new remuneration policy was announced alongside the launch of the firm’s new “AXA IM for Progress Monitor,” a new initiative to transparently communicate AXA IM’s progress towards its goal to become a net zero as a business and investor by 2050, including publication of key metrics on its website. The chosen metrics were selected based on their material contributions to AXA IM’s goals, and include the firm’s portfolio’s coal exposure, carbon intensity, real estate decarbonization, operational carbon footprint, climate-focused engagement and natural capital solutions investments.
Marco Morelli, Executive Chairman of AXA IM, said:
“As we further put sustainability at the heart of everything we do, we believe transparency and regular reporting on our progress and the challenges we may face is crucial. This is not something new at AXA IM but with the launch of the AXA IM for Progress Monitor, we are choosing to visibly position our non-financial targets alongside our financial ones and to increasingly onboard our organisation to make our employees a part of our sustainability journey. Our adjusted deferred remuneration policy which falls within this objective is key to achieve our objectives and effect change, on the road to net zero and beyond.”