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Working with investors

Pension funds and insurers are responsible for trillions of Euros of people's money. Ensuring those investments are clean and green is key to a sustainable EU economy.

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WWF works with asset owners to help them adapt their policies, investment process and engagement on climate change risks and opportunities.

Already changes are happening. In September 2019, some of the world’s largest investors, responsible for more than US$ 2.4 trillion in investments, committed to carbon-neutral portfolios by 2050.

WWF is calling on others to join them, and commit to aligning their investments with the Paris Agreement's 1.5°C warming limit. 

This commitment then needs to be rapidly implemented by the investors. They must also use their clout with the EU institutions in order to push for forward-looking laws which will help Europe’s entire economy become zero-carbon and sustainable. 

WWF has researched how well Europe’s largest asset owners align with the Paris climate goals - see the reports opposite

We have also produced a series of guides for asset owners on climate action, and summarised the top recommendations. 

Asset owners must: 

1. Measure their alignment with the Paris climate goals
2. Integrate climate change into their investment policy
3. Develop beyond fossil fuel policies
4. Set targets based on climate science 
5. Monitor investment managers   
6. Engage with companies
7. Engage with policy-makers