Cate Harris, Lendlease group head of sustainability. The company was awarded the highest sustainability grade for the fourth consecutive year of the assessment. Image: Christopher Wright, IG: @chriswrightau

Seven Australian asset owners and investment managers have been named top performing responsible investors along with 36 other organisations from around the world.

AMP Capital Investors, Australian Ethical Investment, Charter Hall, Dexus, CBUS Superannuation Fund, Lendlease, Aware Super and Manulife Investment Management have all earned a position on the 2020 UNPRI Leaders’ Group

A spot on the leadership board by UNPRI, a United Nations-supported international network of investors working together to implement aspirational principles for responsible investment, shows that the company is displaying excellence in responsible investing, namely in reporting climate risk.

Other companies to make the list of 36 included New Zealand Superannuation Fund, Nuveen (US), Universities Superannuation Scheme (UK) and Robeco (the Netherlands).

The awards recognise firms working at the cutting edge of responsible investing, with a focus on a specific theme which for 2020 is climate reporting.

Lendlease, a global funds management group representing around $36 billion funds under management, was awarded the highest sustainability grade for the fourth consecutive year of the assessment.

“Responsible investment has become mainstream and investors are actively seeking real assets that deliver environmental and social value alongside financial,” said Cate Harris, group head of sustainability.

“We have a strong track record of positioning our funds and assets to deliver industry leading sustainability outcomes.”

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