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MAPFRE nominated in two categories at the FundsPeople Awards España

Dec 13, 2023

Redacción Mapfre

Redacción Mapfre

The specialist collective investment and asset management publication, FundsPeople, has nominated MAPFRE as part of its FundsPeople Awards Spain in the Best Sustainability Team at a national company and Best Institutional Investment Team in Alternatives categories.

These nominations are the result of a voting process held by the publication as part of which international managers and a number of national managers involved in institutional business were asked to vote for the best candidates. The winners will be revealed on February 8.

In terms of the best sustainability team candidacy, MAPFRE has its own ESG analysis framework that is reviewed periodically in the light of the surrounding context. Currently, around 90% of the assets in our portfolio have high or very high scores in their ESG measurements.

MAPFRE AM has two mutual funds focusing on ESG investment: MAPFRE AM Capital Responsable, classed as Article 8, and MAPFRE AM Inclusión Responsable, classed as Article 9. What's more, this year the Group has increased its stake in the French asset manager La Financière Responsable, taking its share to 51% of the company's capital.

In turn, MAPFRE has always been an important investor in alternative assets. The Group increased its commitment to private debt and private equity in 2017. The advantages of having an exposure to these assets are increasingly attractive: diversification with respect to the rest of the portfolio and low correlation with market movements, in such a way that this helps reduce volatility and provides access to opportunities not available in liquid markets.

MAPFRE has launched a fund that invests in biomethane, a 100% green biofuel obtained from animal and vegetable waste that can be injected directly into the natural gas grid, to generate electricity via engines, and be used as a fuel. The vehicle, MAPFRE Energías Renovables II, FCR, seeks to invest in the construction and development of between 20 and 25 power plants of this kind of energy in Spain in five years.

It also has agreements in place with the best international partners with which it has launched alternative funds in the real-estate sector, infrastructure, private equity and others.

Alternative assets: portfolio diversification with these funds

Alternative assets: portfolio diversification with these funds

Alternative assets are a good way to diversify the portfolio, and MAPFRE knows it. Since 2018, the Group has worked to have greater exposure to this area and explore new investment opportunities: as of last year, €1.35 billion had been committed to this type of asset.

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