Our approach to sustainability

We believe sustainable investing creates long-term value for our stakeholders while helping realize a sustainable trajectory for the global economy.

Read our 2019 sustainable and responsible investing report


Across all asset classes³, we're committed to continuing to integrate ESG analysis in investment and operating activities. We believe that identifying and assessing material sustainability factors help us protect and enhance the value of the assets we invest in, own, and operate. Our integration strategy extends to our efforts to engage with investee companies to gather information, mitigate ESG-related challenges, and enhance ESG-related opportunities.

  • A+ from UN PRI

    For ESG strategy and governance and ESG integration in listed equity and fixed-income SSA1

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  • PRI Leaders' Group 2020

    Named to PRI Leaders’ Group 2020 for excellence in climate reporting2

  • Sustainability as standard

    We incorporate material ESG risks and opportunities across asset classes3

All information is as of December 31, 2019, unless otherwise indicated. Most current data shown. 

1 SSA refers to sovereigns, supranationals, and agency bonds. The PRI has notified respondents that the 2021 assessment report will be delayed

2 As of September 18, 2020. Most recent PRI Leaders’ Group. PRI has announced that the 2021 PRI Leaders’ Group on Stewardship has been postponed.  

3 We look to incorporate material ESG considerations throughout the stages of our investment and asset ownership lifecycles, taking into account the characteristics of the asset class and investment process in question, as well as industry and geography, among other factors.  Each investment team operates in different markets and with different nuances to its approach to investing. Accordingly, each team integrates ESG factors into its investment process in a manner that best aligns with its investment approach.


To us, being a good steward in the financial markets means focusing on the long term by prioritizing the sustainability of our investments and operations, and expanding the view of what matters beyond financial value. We believe active ownership practices are at the center of good stewardship, helping drive strong risk-adjusted investment return potential for our clients over time while we seek to make a positive impact on the environment and society.

Read our 2021 stewardship report

1 2020 timber and agriculture sustainability report, 2 2021 Real Estate Sustainability Report. 3. Full report is not publicly available. More information is available upon request. Information as of 31 December 2020.

Collaborative engagement and affiliations

Collaborative engagements are a cornerstone of our sustainable investing program. Through this work, we seek to amplify our impact, helping steer industry-changing initiatives aligned with our business priorities across the global capital markets.

  • Nature

    Selected affiliations
  • Climate

  • Transparency

The logos above are registered trademarks of the respective organizations/ firms represented. Manulife IM is prompting each of the ESG actions shown through becoming member of respective programs or partner with the organizations on these endeavors. (i) Leading harvest: https://www.leadingharvest.org/. (ii) Task Force on Nature- Related Financial Disclosures: https://www.fsb-tcfd.org/. (iii) Climate Action 100+: https://www.climateaction100.org/. (iv) Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC): https://www.aigcc.net/members/. (v) Investor Network on Climate Risk: https://www.ceres.org/networks/ceres-investor-network. (vi) World Benchmarking Alliance: https://www.worldbenchmarkingalliance.org/wba-allies/. (vii) SASB: https://www.sasb.org/investor-use/supporters/. (viii) PRI : https://www.unpri.org/.


Our commitment to transparency includes reporting on the outcomes of our sustainable investing efforts. We support the adoption of industry-wide standards for disclosure, including the framework outlined by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Our sustainability policies and disclosures

We maintain sustainability policies and practices and regularly review them to reflect any changes in our investment and stewardship processes. We do this to help ensure that our clients and stakeholders have clear and relevant information about our sustainability strategy and activity.

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