Responsible Investing:
Our Commitment

Better Behaviour Is a Strategic Imperative

Behaving responsibly is more than just a buzzword. It’s a way of life, that defines how we at AB behave, both as a firm and as investors. Our vision is to become a recognized industry leader in responsible investing, with solutions that combine strong financial outcomes with excellence in ESG research, integration and product design.

Every day, AB employees are working to create a dynamic, diverse, inclusive and intellectually challenging environment. By bringing out the best in our people, we aim to help advance the many communities we serve.

Top 10
Most supportive asset managers on shareholder sustainability proposals for the five proxy seasons ending in 20191
12,500+
Meetings with company management teams in 20202
US $569
Billion in assets managed using ESG integration3

1 AB Ranked 6 out of 50. 2019 ESG Proxy Voting Trends, Morningstar Manager Research, February 2020
2 Includes economic meetings with sovereign issuers.
3 As of 30 June 2021. Assets using ESG integration include active fixed-income and equity strategies. Portfolios with Purpose are listed separately, and therefore not included in the integration total.

Demanding the Same Behaviours of Ourselves as the Companies Our Portfolios Invest In

AB’s Chief Responsibility Officer oversees the continual examination of our own corporate practices with the guidance of the Responsibility Steering Committee.

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"We're committed to being leaders in responsibility in both how
we act as a firm and how we invest on behalf of our clients".

Seth Bernstein, President and CEO, AllianceBernstein

Our People Driving AB’s Responsible Investing Strategy

Our teams help drive and guide our firm-wide efforts in advancing AB’s corporate responsibility practices and polices, implementing strategy and providing clients with responsible solutions and communication that meet their needs.

Responsibility Team

The team develops our firmwide approach to responsibility and collaborates with investors.


12
Team Members

Responsibility Steering Committee

The committee of experts, from across the spectrum of asset management disciplines, develops our responsibility strategy and oversees execution.


13
Team Members

Corporate Responsibility Steering Committee

The committee develops and executes AB’s corporate responsibility strategy. It also evaluates and recommends corporate responsibility-related initiatives to join or sign.


20
Team Members

Proxy and Governance Committee

The committee has formal oversight of our proxy voting process, establishing our policy and overseeing voting activities.


11
Team Members

Social Advancements Have Global Impact

Diverse and inclusive teams generate better ideas and reach more balanced decisions. That’s why we seek to leverage the unique backgrounds of our employees to meet the needs of a broad range of clients and to best engage the communities in which we operate.

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Building a Diverse Culture

  • Of our 2020 US new hires, 44% were ethnically diverse1
  • 22% of our SVP's (Senior Vice President) are women2
  • Female Vice President (VP) promotions as a percentage of all VP promotions rose to 45% from 37%
  • From 2017 to 2020, female SVP promotions as a percentage of total SVP promotions rose to 33% from 27%3
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Engaging Employees

  • 30 employee resource groups (ERG) and employee wellness groups (EWG), with 800+ participants4
  • Over 100 ERG and EWG events hosted globally4
  • Learning and dialogue encouraged across all levels of the firm
  • Annual "AB Voice" employee engagement surveys5
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Serving Our Communities

  • For the calendar year 2020, AB and its people logged more than 2,200 service hours and held 47 Day of Service events globally
  • In total, AB’s charitable impact in 2020 was $4.8 million, through a combination of corporate giving and employee gift matching6

1. Ethnically diverse includes African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian and Other. Ethnic diversity information is for the US only. As of December 31, 2020.
2. As at December 2020.
3. All gender information is global. As of December 31, 2020.
4. For 2018.
5. Number of organisations impacted worldwide.
6. Total charitable impact includes employee donations, the AB matching program and other firm contributions to more than 1,700 organizations.
Source: Human Rights Campaign Foundation and AB

History of Our Commitment

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Source: AB as of 30 June 2021

Memberships

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PRI

Principles for Responsible Investment

AB has invested responsibly for many years. In 2011, we honed and formalized our approach by signing the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The six PRI are voluntary and aspirational, offering possible actions for incorporating ESG issues into investment analysis, decisions and practices.

Principles were developed by investors, for investors. In implementing them, signatories contribute to developing a more sustainable global financial system. We’re committed to implementing all six principles as we continue to advance our responsible investing efforts.

READ MORE ABOUT THE PRI PRI TRANSPARENCY REPORT 2020 PRI ASSESSMENT REPORT 2020

Reporting

AB is committed to being transparent and our RI Policies and Statements, Reports and Global Related Proxy and Governance Information can all be found on our Corporate website.


Data Disclosures giving a comprehensive breakdown of corporate performance, data and reporting disclosures can also be found on our Corporate website.


SFDR - AB Fund Sustainability-Related Disclosures (For EU Countries Only)