Environmental, social and governance issues

Striving to be a responsible investor

At Ruffer, we actively integrate environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues into our investment process. 

For example, when assessing a company’s management team, we see the handling of ESG issues as an indicator of management quality. 

Over the long term, we believe good practice is likely to support good corporate performance. In turn, this should support good returns for our clients.

Download our guide to responsible investment.

Safeguarding the interests of clients

In investment management, stewardship is about how we engage in the corporate governance of the companies we invest in, on behalf of our clients.

Our response to the UK Stewardship Code is available here, and our response to Japan’s Stewardship Code is here.

Further information

Our formal policy on ESG issues
Our climate change framework
Our voting policy
Our engagement policy

We also produce an annual report. As well as detailing our voting statistics and highlighting specific engagements, the report covers some of the broader ESG issues that have arisen during the year. Sign up to receive our report each year.

Ruffer report on ESG 2018
Ruffer report on ESG 2017
Ruffer report on ESG 2016
Ruffer report on ESG 2015

Ruffer is a signatory to the United Nations–supported Principles for Responsible Investment, to the UK Stewardship Code, to the Japanese Stewardship Code and the CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project).

We publish our stewardship activities on a quarterly basis, giving more details about the engagements we have undertaken and how we have voted at company meetings.

Stewardship activities Q3 2019
Stewardship activities Q2 2019
Stewardship activities Q1 2019


If you would like to know more about Ruffer’s approach to environmental, social and governance issues, please contact

Franziska Jahn–Madell 
+44 (0)20 7963 8200

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Benjamin Boucher–Ferté

Investment Director

Graduated from ESCP Europe in 1999 and joined the Private Wealth Management group of Goldman Sachs in London after completing his National Service with Renault Financial Services. In 2004, he participated in the launch of Fulcrum Asset Management where he was a Director until 2010, when he joined Ruffer.