We value and engage with our employees, communities and the wider world.
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) values have always been at the heart of what Janus Henderson stands for. The biggest change we have seen, and welcome, is the increased appetite of clients, and the industry in general, to talk and act upon ESG considerations. The drive to assess more than just financial returns reflects a broad, cultural change within the industry, and perhaps a generational shift within society. We welcome this change and support the increased demand for corporate commitment to ESG standards.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is imperative to our development. Our core offering to clients is our intellectual capital, and this offering is strengthened by diversity of thought and varied perspectives. To that end, we foster an environment that values the unique talents and contributions of every individual within a culture of inclusivity.
While we and the industry still have much progress to make related to DEI, we have a strong foundation on which to build. We believe in organic evolution to cultivate and empower change by bringing in the right people at the right time, and have set DEI targets to encourage continued progress.
Environmental sustainability is an ethical and a commercial imperative. Managing our environmental footprint often goes hand in hand with our strategic priority to operate efficiently. We are proud to have a strong heritage of involvement with carefully selected sustainability-related organisations and initiatives. These relationships allow us to advance broader industry-wide initiatives and helping set related public policy. As such we will continue to engage and collaborate in ways that we consider most meaningful.
Our strong heritage of involvement with ESG-related organisations and initiatives:
* The Net Zero Carbon (NZC) 10 and 20 initiatives only apply to specific products, which are assessed by NZC.
Climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution are some of the greatest challenges we face today, and Janus Henderson recognises that urgent action is imperative to prevent irreversible consequences to the planet. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and embedding sustainable practices throughout our business.
In 2021 we met our three-year environmental targets to reduce our carbon footprint by 15% per full-time employee. In 2022 we set new five-year targets, in line with guidance from the Science Based Targets Initiative, for Scope 1 (fuel) and Scope 2 (electricity) emissions, and Scope 3 (business travel, hotel stays, freight, paper consumption, water, waste) emissions, which seek to reduce our operational emissions. To measure our progress, we collect carbon data on a quarterly basis and review our performance in line with our targets.
In addition, we have maintained a CarbonNetural® certification since 2007* and offset all our operational emissions yearly. Through this process, we have invested in a variety of offset projects around the world, delivering financial support to essential renewable energy, forestry and resource conservation projects that support reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. All projects we support have been classified as ‘additional’ by an independent third party, meaning that they would not happen without the sale of carbon credits.
*CarbonNeutral® certification applies to Janus Henderson Investors since 2017 and Henderson Global Investors prior to this date.
By contributing to the communities where we live and work through local initiatives, as well as through our investment activity and corporate engagement, we are fulfilling what we view as our civic responsibility to set a positive example. Education has long been a pillar of our community engagement and support. The Janus Henderson Foundation, our primary charitable giving arm, has a major focus on helping young people achieve their full potential through access to better educational opportunities, as well as supporting local communities and organisations.
Governance is foundational to good business and all aspects of ESG. Our commitment to good corporate governance is evident in our policies and practices, which include a robust ESG governance structure with a policy group reporting directly to our CEO. We have always been comfortable being held to the highest standards by our Board of Directors and our stakeholders.
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) or sustainable investing considers factors beyond traditional financial analysis. This may limit available investments and cause performance and exposures to differ from, and potentially be more concentrated in certain areas than, the broader market.