(PRESS RELEASE) MUNICH, 1-Arp-2022 — /EuropaWire/ — Allianz Group (ETR: ALV), one of the leading integrated financial services providers worldwide, has announced that its Board Member Günther Thallinger is one of the experts in the UN’s newly launched High-Level Expert Group on the Net-Zero Emissions Commitments of Non-State Entities (HLEG), as announced by António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General.
HLEG will focus on the role of non-state actors in reversing climate change. Since the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, the world has seen an increasing number of net-zero commitments and pledges from non-state actors, including private sector corporations and private financial institutions. In announcing the HLEG formation, the Secretary-General addressed how the growth in these pledges has been accompanied by a proliferation of criteria and benchmarks to set net-zero commitments, with varying levels of robustness.
Commenting on his new role, Thallinger said: “I am honored to have been appointed to such an important task. It will be a great opportunity to work with such a distinguished group of experts who share a sense of urgency to act on decarbonization.”
Günther Thallinger is also chair of the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance (AOA), an organization of 71 asset owners, including some of the world’s largest pension and sovereign wealth funds, with more than $10 trillion in assets under management. “The AOA members are not only committed to transitioning their portfolios to net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. 29 of the 71 members have already set interim targets for 2025. More members are working on short term targets,” Thallinger said. “Such short term and interim targets are necessary to enforce the integration of climate impact in decision making. With such enhanced decision making, asset owners can help drive the necessary transformation of the economy.”
Adding, “I hope some of the learnings of asset owners will help to support the work of the HLEG.”
The Allianz Group is one of the world’s leading insurers and asset managers with 126 million* private and corporate customers in more than 70 countries. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing around 809 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers. Furthermore, our asset managers PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors manage nearly 2.0 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological, social and governance criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we hold the leading position for insurers in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, launched on 12.11.2021. In 2021, over 155,000 employees achieved total revenues of 148.5 billion euros and an operating profit of 13.4 billion euros for the group.
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