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Responsible Investing

Investors typically misprice the financially material aspects of sustainability. Over the medium to long-run, we find this is a source of alpha.

The Benefits of a Systematic Approach


Objectivity - It is well known that there is a relatively low correlation across the major data vendors’ ESG ratings highlighting subjectivity and measurement error. A systematic approach based upon empirical evidence overcomes these concerns.

Proprietary signals - Our investment team includes experts in machine learning, data science techniques, and alternative data to create forward-looking material ESG signals. We do not use ‘off-the-shelf’ scores within our investment process.

Financial materiality - We pay careful attention to the formulation of ESG signals across sectors, regions, and time based upon their efficacy.

Disciplined investment decisions
- A key strength of our process is the ability to weigh the relative importance of ESG metrics alongside company fundamentals.


Responsible Investing Pillars

The ESG themes within our investment process are characterized by three conviction topics – Energy Transition, Employee Well-Being, and Management Long-Termism.

Our dedicated Responsible Investing team partners with clients to understand their sustainability preferences and investment goals. Recent examples include implementing dynamic decarbonization constraints to align portfolios to Net Zero pathways.

Acadian is committed to understanding the sustainability themes within the companies we invest, engaging on issues to identify potential risks and opportunities.


Our choice of engagements is designed to align to the conviction themes within the investment process.

Careers Paul Talbot


RIAA Leader 2022 


To view our Responsible Investing Statement, please click here.


To view the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), please click here


To view our Modern Slavery Statement, please click here.

ESG investing through a quant lens

Matt Picone Aus Biz

Quick Takes

We consider utilities’ impact on the carbon intensity of global benchmarks. In more recent periods, low volatility managers have looked to other, more effective diversifiers to reduce portfolio risk. However, as the outlook for utilities improves and investor demand returns, decarbonization efforts will require prudent deliberation and sophisticated methods to balance decarbonization priorities and risk-reward objectives. Link below for the full piece.

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We highlight potential environmental policy changes in the U.S. under a Biden administration. Given the uncertainty that remains, particularly with yet-to-be-resolved Congressional leadership, we also discuss the importance of a nuanced and dynamic approach to incorporating the impact of environmental policy change when it occurs.

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We believe that certain ESG considerations influence corporate success and investment performance, but amid relentless hype and pressure to participate, many approaches have been brought to market that are based on imprecise foundations and rudimentary implementations.

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