As an asset manager we recognise our business’s tangible impact on society, the environment, and the communities in which we operate, both through our corporate actions and, more importantly, through our investment choices. How, where and to whom we deploy our clients’ capital are some of the critical questions we seek to answer when exercising our fiduciary duties on behalf of clients and helping them achieve their investment goals. Our approach considers all material factors that are part of the broader Responsible Investing (RI) umbrella, including those related to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues.
At GAM, diversity and inclusion are critical to our success. By fostering an environment that embraces diverse perspectives we become better investors and better problem solvers. Embracing diversity nurtures creativity and collaboration. A diverse, inclusive environment makes us good listeners, empathetic to the needs and aspirations of our clients. Lastly, diversity and inclusion are values that attract, develop, and retain exceptional colleagues.
GAM Investment Academy is an initiative that seeks to share knowledge with our clients and the wider community to help enhance their understanding of the investment world. It is set across three pillars.
First, we share our expertise with our clients through the publication of educational insights, aiming to help our audience making better decisions instead of promoting any of our funds.
Through local partnerships, we support our distributors by providing them with specific knowledge. In Italy, GAM has reached six years in partnership with Paolo Legrenzi, psychologist and internationally renowned author in the field of cognitive psychology, who produces the weekly behavioural finance lessons published on the GAM Italia website. In Spain, GAM is working with the Spanish Stock Exchange. In the UK: Access to some of the brightest minds in the world of science and engineering. Unparalleled environment to leverage state-of-the-art technology.
We proudly sponsor initiatives that support the financial education of the youngest. In the most recent one, we sponsored the publication of a children’ book communicating basic finance and economics education (My first book of economics: savings and investment). We are also the proud sponsors of the book “Business and Entrepreunership”.
We encourage our staff to play an active role in the communities they work in, for instance by supporting participation in local volunteering activities.
We also invest in good causes that are aligned with our own culture and values and those that help children and students maximise their talents. Each year the Group allocates a global budget to match staff donations to international charities for specific causes. In the past years we have collected and donated funds for the fight against Ebola, the appeal for Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the tsunami in Japan, the Sichuan earthquake in China and for research on neuroendocrine tumours.
We make donations to various local charities such as the Alzheimer’s Society and Brainwave initiative in the UK and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in different locations.
Examples of our local community affairs and charity engagement:
We support The Great Art Quest, a UK-wide project designed to introduce primary school children to art and to their local art galleries, often for the first time in their education.
The Great Art Quest is a partnership with the Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts, one of the Prince of Wales’ charities. The Foundation is an educational charity that believes children’s lives should be enriched through access to the arts. World-renowned artists including Quentin Blake, Anthony Gormley and Gavin Turk have given their support to The Great Art Quest.
We are a corporate member of the Royal Academy of Arts and also sponsor the Royal Academy Schools, which is an independent institution that offers the only three-year, full-time postgraduate course in fine art in the UK.
We have set ourselves 6 main environmental objectives. They target our water consumption, emissions, waste and advocacy. Going forwards, we will disclose in the annual report our progress
In 2018 we reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 12% compared to the previous year. This was achieved primarily through a reduction in business travel.
Our two largest offices, Zurich and London, are located in modern buildings respectively rated LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and BREEAM “excellent” for sustainability
People come to work with us because they value our client-focused, collaborative culture.We’re in business to advance the potential of our clients’ capital by making investment decisions that help them achieve their aspirations. That calls for teamwork, integrity, rigour and an entrepreneurial flair across the GAM organisation.So if you share our ambitions for our clients, we’ll help you take your career ambitions forward.