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In an exclusive interview with edie, Hobbs, the company’s sustainability manager, said the issues relating to sustainability “can no longer acceptably be ignored”.

“From a fund management perspective, the drivers of behaviour are primarily about protecting the medium to long term value of portfolios, on behalf of investors, as well as acting in a socially responsible manner,” she said.

Hobbs said there is a growing bank of international data proving the relationship between sustainability and performance and, “increasing awareness amongst managers that sustainability risk is a real threat, as well as recognition that there is a duty to manage this issue”.

“Future proofing portfolios against this is therefore not only a prudent action but necessary to delivering long term performance,” she said.

Read the whole interview ‘In conversation with Legal & General’s Debbie Hobbs’

Leigh Stringer

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