Active is:
Partnering with
The SeaCleaners to combat plastic
pollution in the world’s oceans.

Sustainability is in our DNA

As an active investor with a long-term outlook, we consider sustainability issues intuitively in our investment decisions and engagement. It is part of our firm’s DNA. Working to protect our oceans for future generations is a common cause we share with The SeaCleaners.

Allianz Global Investors partners with The SeaCleaners

The five-year partnership will support the development of ‘The Manta’, The Sea Cleaners’ giant new waste collection ship. It will use state-of-the-art technology to collect plastic macro-debris in high density areas like coastlines and estuaries before they break up and disperse and irreversibly damage bio-diversity.

Allianz Global Investors:
Securing a brighter future.

We started our sustainable investing journey 20 years ago and were early to sign the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) in 2007. We believe that sustainable investing can generate positive performance for our clients and a positive impact on the community at large.

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Oceanic plastic pollution:
a threat to sustainability

The oceans represent more than 70% of the surface of our planet and contain 97% of its water. But today, they are in great danger, with plastic pollution causing environmental, health and economic problems.

We need to collect the plastic macro-waste in the high density zones to prevent it from breaking up and scatter forever.

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We are taking responsibility

This initiative, led by an entrepreneurial visionary, will employ cutting-edge technology to take action to reduce the plastic pollution of the oceans. As well as supporting a worthwhile cause, this significant sponsorship will play an integral part in driving momentum for sustainability within our organisation. Together, we can help protect the oceans for future generations.

Be active.

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Our five-year partnership will offer engagement opportunities for AllianzGI’s clients and colleagues, and support the launch of ‘The Manta’, a revolutionary new ship, which aims to collect 10,000 tons of plastic macro-waste a year, the ship will also adopt several renewable technologies to reduce its carbon footprint.

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Beatrix Anton-Groenemeyer (AllianzGI, Chief Sustainability Officer), Frédéric Silvert (The SeaCleaners Technical Director) and David Taieb (The SeaCleaners, Marketing and Development Manager) talk about The SeaCleaners mission and the challenges we are facing on the oceans

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Explore the innovations that make The Manta so unique

The Manta is expected to take to the seas in 2022. It will use state-of-the-art technology to collect plastic macro-debris in high density areas like coastlines and estuaries before they break up, disperse and irreversibly damage bio-diversity.

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The timeline

Finalisation of technical specifications. Selection of equipments and suppliers. Test prototypes in collection systems, automatized rigging and waste-to-energy units. Choice of the shipyard. Preliminary design studies.
Detailed design studies. Systems integration. Specification of supply equipment. Planning for the construction.
Supply of systems. Start of the construction. Choice of collection areas. Validation of authorizations by the relevant instances.
End of the construction. Launch of the vessel. Technical tests.
Activation of the Manta. First collection campaigns.

Now is the time to act!

  • For many of us, this is already a common practice, but consistently sorting our waste and recycling what we can is a great first step. However, with changing markets for recyclables, this is only one part of the equation.

  • In addition to recycling plastics that you use, try to actively look for products made from recycled materials. It’s an easy step to miss, but creating demand for recycled materials is key. Supporting the companies and products that make it a point to use recycled plastics can help keep that waste out of our oceans.

  • Reduce the amount of single-use plastics you consume. A huge amount of food packaging is single-use plastic. Being mindful can help us make smarter decisions. Think before buying bottled drinks, grabbing a coffee stirrer or lid you may not need or choose laminated plastic containers over alternatives.

  • When eating on the go, ask for your beverage with a paper straw. Or tell them to skip it completely! You can also bring your own paper straw supply or a reusable one made from silicone.

  • Reusable shopping bags are stronger and can hold more than the disposable plastic kind. Keep some by the door, in your car – wherever you’ll remember to grab them before shopping. There are even some which fold into a small pouch. You’ll always be ready and there will be fewer bags blowing into our waterways.

  • Changing small habits can improve our environment and reduce plastic pollution. Make it a point to pick up some trash when you take a walk – whether on a beach, at sea, in a forest or in the heart of the city. Amplify your efforts by making a practice with family and friends. As you speak up about this topic, you’ll raise awareness of the benefits of sustainability.

It doesn't stop there.

80% of the marine pollution comes from the continents. It’s on land that we must act to limit it. The Sea Cleaners work to raise awareness among future generations of the harm caused by plastic pollution through a wide range of activities in schools and fairs. In our offices and communities, AllianzGI colleagues are participating in activities to reduce plastic pollution and be more sustainable in our actions.

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Allianz has been a 100% carbon-neutral business since 2012. Being part of Allianz group, AllianzGI offsets unavoidable carbon emissions by retiring carbon credits that were created via investments in sustainable forest protection projects.

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Beyond our commitment to integrating ESG factors into all investment decisions and asset classes, AllianzGI also recognises the importance of preserving the natural environment in order to create a sustainable society for future generations.

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Our London office has launched a campaign to encourage the reduction of single-use plastic.

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