London and Tokyo, April 28, 2022 – Nomura Asset Management Co., Ltd. (NAM), the hub company of the Nomura Group’s Investment Management division, today announced that its UK subsidiary, Nomura Asset Management UK Limited (“NAM UK”), has been approved by the Financial Reporting Council ( FRC) as a signatory to the UK Stewardship Code 2020 (the “Code”).
The Code sets high management standards for asset managers and asset owners who invest money on behalf of UK savers and pensioners, and the service providers who support them. Stewardship is the responsible allocation, management and monitoring of capital to create long-term value for customers and beneficiaries, resulting in lasting benefits for the economy, environment and society.
There are 12 “apply and explain” principles in the Code for asset managers and asset owners, and a separate set of 6 principles for service providers. To become a signatory to the Code, organizations must submit a stewardship report to the FRC demonstrating how they have applied the principles of the Code over the past 12 months. The FRC assesses the report and if it meets the expected standards, the organization will be listed as a signatory to the Code. Once listed, organizations must report annually to remain signatories1.
The report prepared by NAM UK to comply with the Code also covers actions and results taken by our affiliate offices, reaffirming NAM’s global commitment to stewardship, engagement and responsible investing.
Peter Ball, Head of EMEA Distribution at Nomura Asset Management, said: “This achievement highlights objective confirmation of our firm’s commitment to high standards of stewardship. Our investment teams actively engage in stewardship activities to encourage companies to improve their enterprise value and promote sustainable growth. , and to increase the medium and long-term returns on investment for our customers and beneficiaries.”
“Nomura Asset Management is committed to responsible investing, having been a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment since 2011. We believe that full transparency is the best way to enable our clients and the world to hold ourselves accountable from a responsible stewardship perspective and we take our signatory status seriously.”
Environmental, in particular climate change, and social factors, in addition to governance, have become important issues for investors to consider when making investment decisions and undertaking responsible management. The Code recognizes that asset owners and asset managers play an important role as guardians of market integrity and in striving to minimize systemic risk as well as as guardians of investments in their wallets.
Daniela Dorelova, Sustainable Investing Specialist, Nomura Asset Management, said: “Having a positive impact on the world is important to us. Being a signatory to the Stewardship Code further demonstrates our commitment in this regard.
NAM UK has issued a statement on its adherence to the Code since the FRC established it in 2010, and its subsequent review in 2012. When the FRC assessed signatories to the Code in 2016, based on the quality of their statements , NAM UK has been awarded the highest status of “Tier 1”.
Visit the NAM UK website to find out more and read a copy of The NAM report at the FRC.
Nomura is a global financial services group with an integrated network spanning over 30 countries and regions. Connecting markets in the East and West, Nomura serves the needs of individuals, institutions, businesses and governments through its three business divisions: Retail, Wholesale (Global Markets and Bank investment) and investment management. Founded in 1925, the company is built on a tradition of disciplined entrepreneurship, providing clients with creative solutions and thought leadership. For more information about Nomura, visit www.nomura.com.