Zurich Insurance Group is a leading multi-line insurer that serves customers in more than 170 countries around the world. In April 2016, Manuel Lewin, Head of Responsible Investment at Zurich Insurance Group, spoke with the GIIN about the role of institutional investors in impact investing and what makes the field unique.
With approximately USD 200 billion under management, responsible investment forms an integral part of Zurich's investment philosophy and approach to do well and do good. Zurich’s impact investing practice is committed to investing up to USD 2bn in green bonds, with close to USD 1.5bn invested as of Q3 2016. Zurich is also committed to allocating up to 10% of private equity investments to impact, with over USD 100m in commitments made as of Q3 2016. The company’s impact investing activities are also focused on reducing the carbon footprint of real estate assets, as well as funding infrastructure projects and measuring their impact.
In the video, Lewin discusses these impact investing activities in more detail, comments on the process of what it takes to develop an impact investing strategy at a firm such as Zurich, and demonstrates why institutional investors should be compelled to get involved in impact investing.