Responsible investing

Learn about how Irish Life and its investment partners approach responsible investing.

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Irish Life understands the importance of investing your clients’ funds responsibly.

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) defines responsible investment as “an approach to investment that explicitly acknowledges the relevance to the investor of environmental, social and governance factors, and of the long-term health and stability of the market as a whole.”

Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) analysis can provide additional lenses for an investor though which to evaluate an investment, alongside purely financial factors. Examples of ESG factors can include:


E.g. the contribution a company makes to climate change through greenhouse gas emissions, along with waste management and energy efficiency.


E.g. human rights, labour standards in the supply chain, any exposure to illegal child labour, and more routine issues such as adherence to workplace health and safety.


E.g. the structure of a company's board of directors, the executives' compensation packages and its approach to shareholder rights.

Irish Life believes in building a more sustainable future for all of us.

Investing responsibly helps make that a reality and is more likely to create and preserve long-term investment growth. 

Responsibly invested funds

SFDR and fund classification

Learn more about Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulations (SFDR), fund classification and the responsibly invested funds available in the Irish Life fund range.

Our investment partners' approaches to responsible investing

Irish Life Investment Managers

Irish Life Investment Managers (ILIM) has built a responsible investing hub that featuring a range of supports, including:

• a guide to responsible investing,
• how regulations are changing in this area and
• what these changes mean when advising your clients

Setanta Asset Management

Learn about Setanta's approach to responsible investing, including

• its responsible investment policy
• its shareholder rights directive
• how it incorporates ESG issues into its research process


Building a better tomorrow together

Amundi goes on a journey into
• why ESG matters,
• how investors can help to change the world for good, and
• the Amundi advantage in making this happen.


Commitment to sustainable investing

Fidelity believes that by investing in companies which operate with high standards of corporate responsibility they can protect and enhance investment returns for their clients.

Through their rigorous bottom-up research process they gain an in-depth understanding of ESG issues at a company level before they escalate and potentially threaten the value of clients’ investments.

Spreading awareness of responsible investing

Listen to Sandra Rockett - Director of Wealth and Corporate Distribution in Irish Life Investment Managers discuss the crucial link between pensions and the planet on the David McWilliams podcast, available on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.