AIA Singapore: Large asset owners can use engagement to drive positive change

CIO Chunyen Liu speaks to FA about exerting positive influence across the Asian investment community.
Chunyen Liu
Chunyen Liu

The Singapore-based investment team of global insurance company, AIA, believes that engagement is an effective tool to improve investees’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices But Chunyen Liu (pictured), chief investment officer, shares that the firm will also consider divestment if companies fail to display progress

“It’s through engagement that assets owners like us can exercise influence,” Liu told FinanceAsia

AIA has a team of on-the-ground research analysts who regularly reach out to investees across all securities, to understand their progress across a range of ESG issues, Liu explained

She added that due to the group’s size and its available resources, it is able to have “thousands” of ongoing conversations with market participants

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