The Global Network Initiative (GNI) welcomes BNP Paribas Asset Management as the newest member of our investor constituency. They join our growing network of companies, academics, investors, human rights and press freedom groups working to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the information and communications technology sector.
BNP Paribas Asset Management is the investment management arm of BNP Paribas, one of the world’s major financial institutions. Managing over USD 450 billion of assets as of 31 December 2018, they offer a comprehensive range of active, passive, and quantitative investment solutions covering a broad spectrum of asset classes and regions. With more than 500 investment professionals and 400 client servicing specialists, they serve individual, corporate and institutional investors in 72 countries around the world. BNP Paribas Asset Management has been a major player in sustainable investment since 2002.
“We welcome the collaborative approach to the issues embodied in the GNI’s multi-stakeholder structure, and fully endorse the GNI’s Principles and Implementation Guidelines, as well as its commitment to confidentiality. We believe that the GNI is uniquely positioned to make a substantial contribution in this rapidly changing, and increasingly important area,” said Helena Viñes Fiestas Deputy Global Head of Sustainability at BNPP AM.
BNP Paribas Asset Management is committed to invest sustainably across their investment portfolios and to be active stewards on behalf of their clients. They are a founding signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and work jointly with their peers as well as policymakers in more than 30 collaborative initiatives to encourage sustainable finance around the world. As of 31 December 2018, BNPP AM managed over USD 40 billion of assets in SRI strategies.
“As founding signatory to the UN-backed PRI, BNPP AM upholds important values and outstanding leadership that will not only strengthen our investor constituency, but our discussions on critical issues affecting freedom of expression and privacy online,” said GNI Executive Director Judith Lichtenberg.