The coming years are a landmark in our journey towards sustainability. In 2016, our support functions realized ambitious sustainability goals, providing a solid base for business lines and operations to develop a long-term sustainability strategy. In 2017, our priority was to finalize, adopt, and disclose a firm-wide ESG policy. In 2018, we were the first Egyptian financial services corporation to become a signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.
The journey towards a more sustainable future continues. We are proud of our achievements, but understand that this is just a beginning. Businesses today operate in highly complex environments and must be willing to confront uncertainties beyond their normal sphere of operation. At EFG Hermes, we have always had the ability to look beyond the challenges facing us and identify and pursue cutting-edge market opportunities. We believe that viewing investment through a sustainability lens will not limit our operation, rather it will help us transform existing markets and open up new ones, creating value not only for our business and our shareholders, but also for society and for the world at large.