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Considering ESG factors can enhance risk assessments and as lenders of capital, fixed income investors can contribute to funding more sustainable business and growth models. The resources below can facilitate the incorporation of ESG factors in fixed income analysis and inform engagement on ESG topics within fixed income asset classes. To hear more about our fixed income work, contact us.
This podcast explores how the US opioid crisis plays out at the local level, with repercussions not just on lives lost and healthcare costs, but also US municipal bonds and the cost of local authorities’ funding.
While sub-sovereign issuers vary greatly, they often need funding to finance public services and infrastructure, which have a clear link to ESG outcomes. Investors are increasingly — and systematically — incorporating ESG factors into their risk assessment of local authorities’ debt, as well as recognising the important role that sub-sovereign entities can play in achieving sustainable and resilient growth.
Principle 2 of the six Principles encourages investors to be active stewards of their investments and incorporate ESG factors into their ownership policies and practices across different asset classes.
Investment consultants are critical stakeholders in the investment chain, advising institutional asset owners on a range of issues, including the selection, appointment and monitoring of external managers.
The Fixed income investor guide summarises the unique characteristics of fixed income with its various subcategories of issuers and instruments. It helps to explain why fixed income investors should take a bottom-up approach to RI while borrowing from the experiences of other asset classes, such as listed equities.
In light of the 2008 financial crisis, which led to a loss of confidence in the underlying structure and operation of international financial markets, this publication is intended for corporate bondholders to explore ESG issues and determine whether they are material to creditworthiness and investment performance.
By Carmen Nuzzo, Head of Fixed Income, the PRI