11 June 2020
GAM wins “2020 Best Swiss Equities” award at the Swiss Sustainable Funds Awards
GAM Investments is proud to have been recognised at the Swiss Sustainable Funds Awards for its GAM Swiss Sustainable Companies strategy, which won the “2020 Best Swiss Equities” award. The ceremony was held virtually on 9 June 2020.
The award recognises an investment strategy, which has demonstrated a social and environmental approach focused on capital preservation and performance and which has demonstrated a clear commitment to future generations. Achieving sustainability objectives while combining performance and ESG criteria is emerging into a priority for GAM Investments.
Peter Sanderson, Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are very happy to have been chosen as the award winning Best Swiss Equities manager through a prize that recognises both our strong investment performance and our commitment to channel our clients' assets in sustainable Swiss companies. We will continue to develop our product range, building track record in our next generation products and thoughtfully introducing more ESG strategies in time.”
Thomas Funk, Investment Director for Swiss equities at GAM, said: “Our Swiss Equity team has been dedicated to sustainable investing for more than 20 years. In that time, we have discussed sustainability in hundreds of corporate meetings and developed a deep knowledge of Swiss companies and sustainable investing.”
Corporate sustainability plays an integral role in the Swiss Equity team’s investment decisions and the team sees it as a powerful differentiator and value creation opportunity for companies. Through its proprietary bionic approach it assesses how well a company adapts to its ecological and social context as well as whether it has the organizational prerequisites to be able to evolve in a competitive environment as a viable entity. GAM’s Swiss Equity investment style is based on the conviction that over time investment returns will reflect a firm’s individual success. Therefore, the strategy is focussed on companies that set themselves apart from the competition with a clear vision, customer oriented innovation, consistent execution and the determination to create a high value added business that drives growth.
GAM Holding signed the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2015.
About the Swiss Sustainable Funds Awards
The Swiss Sustainable Funds Awards (SSFA) are being presented in Switzerland for the second year running. The awards recognise the best performing asset managers and funds with the highest commitment to socially responsible investment. The SSFA’s aim is to increase the visibility of the best players in the sustainable financial landscape in Switzerland. The funds meeting the selection criteria of the Swiss Sustainable Funds Awards were chosen by an independent jury consisting of well-known personalities from the Swiss financial industry with representatives from pension funds, fund selectors, family offices and third-party managers as well as independent advisors and academia.
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GAM is a leading independent, pure-play asset manager. The company provides active investment solutions and products for institutions, financial intermediaries and private investors. The core investment business is complemented by private labelling services, which include management company and other support services to third-party asset managers. GAM employed 817 FTEs in 14 countries with investment centres in London, Cambridge, Zurich, Hong Kong, New York, Milan and Lugano as at 31 December 2019. The investment managers are supported by an extensive global distribution network. Headquartered in Zurich, GAM is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange with the symbol ‘GAM’. The Group has AuM of CHF 112.1 billion 1 (USD 115.8 billion) as at 31 March 2020.
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