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Natixis Global Asset Management has launched a target-date retirement savings solution that focuses on environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing.

The Natixis Sustainable Future Funds include 10 funds with vintages ranging every five years from 2015 to 2060.
 
The funds select securities based on ESG criteria with respect to issues such as fair labour, anti-corruption, human rights, fair business practices and mitigation of environmental impact, and will seek a diversified portfolio of investments that contribute to a more sustainable future.
 
Natixis research has shown that people want their investments to reflect their personal values, as indicated by 82 per cent of respondents in the firm’s 2016 Global Survey of Individual Investors. For plan sponsors looking to encourage savings, Natixis findings show that six in 10 respondents (62 per cent) would be more likely to contribute or increase contributions to their retirement plan if they knew their investments were doing social good.
 
The Natixis 2016 Retirement Plan Participant Study found that nearly three-quarters of respondents (74 per cent) would like to see more socially responsible investments in their retirement plan offerings and most (78 per cent) believe it is important to make the world a better place while growing their personal assets.
 
“Our research shows that most people want to align their investments with their personal values, and we’re thrilled to introduce a retirement option that allows participants to invest in a more meaningful way,” says David Giunta, president and CEO for the US and Canada. “This offering provides workers who want to make a difference with the option to invest in companies that are committed to sustainable business practices.”
 
“American workers are undoubtedly challenged to save enough for retirement,” says Ed Farrington, Natixis’ executive vice president for retirement strategies. “Our research tells us that individuals would save more in their retirement accounts if their investments had a positive social or environmental effect on the world. People want to know their investments are doing good while also helping them meet their retirement goals.”

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