Nikko AM intends to show leading corporate responsibility by behaving ethically, practicing good corporate governance and treating our employees with respect. Developing and promoting socially responsible investment (SRI) funds has also become a natural and meaningful part of our business. In fact, in 1999, Nikko AM became the first asset manager in Japan to offer an SRI fund; our group now offers a number of strategies with an SRI focus.
But our efforts don’t stop there – as a company which places a high value on environmental and social contribution activities, we also encourage our employees to get involved in the local community through a number of initiatives intended to help enhance the lives of others.
In addition to adopting eco-friendly initiatives – such as conserving energy and resources – Nikko AM actively participates in industry-wide efforts to promote a sustainable environment, including the following:
* United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI): This initiative seeks to identify, promote and realise the adoption of the most desirable environmental and sustainability practices throughout the operations of financial institutions. Nikko AM was amongst the first in Japan to sign up.
* ISO 14001 Certification: Nikko AM was the first asset manager in Japan to obtain this international standard for environmental management systems.
* Japan Water Forum (JWF): Nikko AM is a member of the JWF, which is committed to resolving global water issues through policy recommendations and research, as well as providing financing to regional groups in developing countries.