AsianInvestor is pleased to announce that the 2021 Institutional Excellence Awards are now open for entries.

The Institutional Excellence Awards are open to asset owners from pension funds, life insurers, sovereign wealth funds, central banks/reserve managers, endowments, and foundations. Third parties including fund managers, consultants, custodians, and other organisations are allowed to pitch but only on behalf of their asset owner clients.

This year, we have introduced two new categories: Best in Class – Climate Change Policy; and Best in Class: Social Impact, in response to the rising adoption of environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles.

The new categories are an addition to our existing Best in Class – Environmental, Social and Governance Engagement and Best in Class – Response to Covid-19 Pandemic categories that were introduced last year. Both have been updated to better reflect the latest ESG developments and changing economic environment.

Please visit https://www.institutionalawards.com for more information and to make your submission. All submissions must be entered by October 14, 6pm HKT.

As with previous years, the AsianInvestor Institutional Excellence Awards seek to recognise leading asset owners in Asia Pacific not only for achieving impressive investment returns, but also for their ability to adopt efficiencies best suited to their funds.

Hence, we last year split our Best Life Insurer and Best Pension Fund categories each into two: small/medium institutions and large institutions.

Candidates for the market and institutional categories will be judged on key improvements made to their operations, key innovation or market-leading actions, and their adaptability to the changing market environment.

We have also updated our entry kit with more details on the judging process and criteria weighting.

For example, the criteria for the new Best in Class – Social Impact category will be as follows:

  • Diversity and inclusion strategies among senior leadership, that board, employees and investee companies (35%)
  • Approach to ensuring the improvement of communities impacted by investment activities (including measurements of impact investing efforts) (35%)
  • Consideration of human rights, ethics and supply chain management in investment practices (30%)

The judging process will comprise one round of judging by a panel of leading industry experts, supported by the editorial team. An editorial member may be in touch with candidates to clarify certain elements of an application.

All applications must have a 250-word executive summary and consist of no more than 10 A4-sized, single-sided pages. Submissions must be entered online at www.institutionalawards.com. For any queries, please contact [email protected]

Click here to view last year's awards winners.