BNP Paribas Russia Equity fund – the largest Russian equity fund promoting environmental and social characteristics and qualifying for SFDR article 8*

BNP Paribas Russia Equity has been under the investment advisory of TKB Investment Partners since its inception in 2007**. TKB Investment Partners is one of the largest Russian-based asset management companies.

Of the three environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria, the governance element ‘G’ has always been part of the fund investment process. The process was deepened and broadened to include the ‘E’ and ‘S’ factors in 2016.

In spring 2019, the fund investment process succeeded in passing a review by BNP Paribas Asset Management’s Sustainability Centre. In August 2019, ESG factors were included in the investment policy section of the fund prospectus.

100% of the fund’s portfolio is invested in line with the BNP Paribas Asset Management Sustainable Investment Policy. A minimum of 75% of assets are covered by the internal ESG analysis. The average ESG score of the portfolio has to be higher than that of its investment universe.

At the beginning of 2021, BNP Paribas Asset Management classified the fund as qualifying for Article 8 of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR). Funds in this category promote environmental and/or social characteristics and make sure that the companies they invest in have strong corporate governance qualities.

With assets of approximately USD 1 billion as at 28 September 2021, BNP Paribas Russia Equity is the largest Russia equity fund in the world qualifying for SFDR article 8.

“On the base of the analysis done by BNP Paribas Asset Management’s Sustainability Centre, we engaged with Severstal regarding its energy coal production and consumption. This engagement was one of the factors which Severstal took into account in deciding to stop producing energy coal in the first quarter of 2022 and switch its power plants in Vorkuta to gas. This should result in reducing CO2 emissions by 750 000 tonnes per year,” commented Vladimir Tsuprov, CIO, TKB Investment Partners.

 

* Sources: Bloomberg, TKB Investment Partners, 28 September 2021
** At that time, the fund’s name was FLF Equity Russia
ESG – environmental, social and governance

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