Engagement vs Divestment: How to Navigate Risk While Achieving Impact

Hear from Meryam Omi, Head of Sustainability and Responsible Investment Strategy at LGIM, as we address two key questions for Asset Managers.

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In this installment of the Climate Risk Podcast, we address two pressing questions facing asset managers and explore their implications for the financial sector more broadly.

The first question is a fundamental one: what is the appropriate role for asset owners and asset managers in relation to climate change? How do these roles relate to one another and how far-reaching are their obligations?

The second is an equally pressing question for the sector: engagement or divestment? When is it right to deploy one approach over the other? How impactful are these strategies and how can we navigate some of the unintended consequences?

This episode covers:

  • The role of asset owners and asset managers
  • Engagement vs Divestment – what do these two approaches entail and is it really an either/or situation?
  • The shift in momentum ahead of COP26 – a closer look at net-zero commitments


If you have any questions, thoughts or feedback regarding this podcast series, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at: climateriskpodcast@garp.com



Meryam Omi – Head of Sustainability and Responsible Investment Strategy at LGIM

Since joining LGIM in 2008, Meryam has been instrumental in establishing its engagement program on key sustainability topics. She also led the launch of funds in the pioneering Future World range, as well as the Climate Impact Pledge, which is LGIM’s commitment to engage and act on climate change.

In her current role, Meryam is responsible for integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects into the investment process at LGIM and for creating responsible investment product solutions.

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