Climate Week 2023: We Can and We Will invest in a brighter future together
Michelle Dunstan, Chief Responsibility Officer, Cat Ziac Boyd, Global Head of ESG Strategy & Operations, and Rowan Buchanan, Senior Sustainability Advisor, discuss Janus Henderson’s corporate commitment to climate in honor of Climate Week 2023.
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- Climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution are some of the greatest challenges society faces today; addressing these challenges requires the collaboration of people, governments, academia, and companies.
- At Janus Henderson, we walk the talk when it comes to our own corporate practices and are committed to reducing our environmental impact and embedding sustainable practices throughout our business.
- As responsible asset managers, we embrace the opportunity to identify climate-related risks and opportunities and deliver value to our clients.
Michelle Dunstan: This week is Climate Week in New York City, an event that brings together business leaders, political change makers, local decision takers and people from all ages and backgrounds to drive the transition to a more sustainable future.
Catherine Ziac Boyd: Climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution are some of the greatest challenges we, as a society, face today. Addressing these challenges requires the collaboration of people, governments, academia, and companies like Janus Henderson. However, amidst these challenges lies an incredible opportunity for change and long-term investment gain.
At Janus Henderson, we walk the talk when it comes to our own corporate practices and are committed to reducing our environmental impact and embedding sustainable practices to our business.
Rowan Buchanan: Janus Henderson was an early pioneer of sustainability, becoming carbon neutral in 2007 and maintaining the status each year since. Through this, we ensure that we have a neutral emission footprint across all of our offices, including for energy, waste, water, home working and all business travel emissions. Our wide range of carbon offset projects also supports over half of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
However, we understand that being carbon neutral on its own is simply not enough to reach the net zero goals which is why we have set targets to reduce our carbon footprint by 15% per fulltime employee, which we successfully reached in 2021, even excluding the effects of the covid pandemic.
In 2022, we set new ambitious, science-based ALIGN targets on our emissions to reduce our footprint even further. Across our buildings we have also installed energy saving technology such as blinds which keep our buildings cool in the summer and don’t lose heat in the winter, LED lighting which saves on electricity use and electric vehicle charging points. In 2024 we will also be transitioning all of our offices to 100% renewable energy.
Janus Henderson has also played an active role in our communities through organising beach cleans, planting trees and supporting conservation projects around the world.
Michelle Dunstan: Furthermore, we recognise the crucial role of biodiversity and water security in our environment. Janus Henderson is proud to be a forum member on the Task Force on Nature-Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) and support their mission to develop disclosures around nature-related risks to support nature-positive outcomes.
We understand that the transition to a lower carbon economy will not be easy and comes with a wide array of challenges. It also presents a wide range of investment opportunities. As responsible asset managers, we strive to identify the risks and opportunities to deliver value to our clients. With the sustainable and other integrated strategies that we have developed for clients we recognise our crucial role in driving positive change and that our investment practices provide us with a unique opportunity in shaping the world we want to live in.
At Janus Henderson, we can and we will invest in a brighter future together.