26 February 2021
Insurance Asset Risk is pleased to announce the winners of its 2021 Awards
If one lesson is to be drawn from this year's awards, it is that environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues permeate throughout all layers of firms' activities. Indeed, this year's nominations more than ever showcase a high level of awareness around ESG issues and often proved to be a key differentiator between winners and losers in the judges' eyes.
Overall, DWS came out on top with three awards, including a 'people's award' for its global head of insurance strategy and advisory, Marlon Rockenfeller, who won the young professional of the year prize.
Mirova retained its crown as responsible investor of the year, while also bagging the social investing initiative of the year award (a new category). Aviva Investors likewise claimed two awards: real asset manager of the year and stewardship initiative of the year (the latter also a new category).
Anna Ӧster, of Länsförsäkringar, took the judges' award for chief investment officer of the year.
The whole of Insurance Asset Risk's team would like to thank the industry for its support, and the judges for their time and expertise.
Alternatives manager of the year: DWS
Climate mitigation investment initiative of the year: Conning
Equity manager of the year: Morgan Stanley Investment Management
Fixed income manager of the year: DWS
IFRS 9 solution provider of the year: Moody's Analytics
Investment innovation of the year: Aegon Asset Management
Investment strategy consultant of the year: Hymans Robertson
Multi-asset manager of the year: Morgan Stanley Investment Management
Passive manager of the year: UBS Asset Management
Private debt manager of the year: NN Investment Partners
Real asset manager of the year: Aviva Investors
Responsible investor of the year - Asset Manager: Natixis Investment Managers (Mirova)
Social investing initiative of the year: Natixis Investment Managers (Mirova)
Stewardship initiative of the year: Aviva Investors
How the awards were judged
Judges reviewed the submitted entry material and then voted in a secret ballot. Votes were counted and verified by Insurance Asset Risk's team.
All judges are senior industry experts from re/insurers across Europe and the UK, each chosen for their knowledge and objectivity.
The judges' decision is final and neither Insurance Asset Risk nor the judging panel will enter into any correspondence regarding individual entries and/or the award winners.