Environmental disasters, epidemics, social disruptions, and systemic complacency, continue to challenge our understanding of opportunities and risks. As a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment, we are committed to help our clients navigate this whole new perspective on investing through the power of ESG.
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Investing has ceased to be defined by whether or not one outperforms a benchmark. The bottom line we value most is the alignment of exceptional financial returns with lasting positive outcomes for society. Right in this intersection is ESG -- a powerful driver for both risk-adjusted alpha and greater good.
Here, we share our latest insights on responsible investing and the potential solutions for the future.
Head of Responsible Investment
Zurich Insurance Company
Head of Investor Relations
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Head of Sustainable Investing
Senior Portfolio and Risk Strategist
Financial Times Markets Editor (Moderator)
The Financial Times, in partnership with PineBridge Investments, has brought together public policy and institutional investor experts to discuss ESG investing in a new normal, including:
Balancing the evolving needs of investors, employees, and society to promote better investment outcomes
Assessing the most critical ESG factors across markets and sectors
The methodologies industries are using to quantify outcomes and mitigate risks
How investors can embrace a more active approach to drive progress
Register now to access our digital dialogue to examine the evolution of ESG and its impact across markets and investment portfolios.
The World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), issued a US$1bn three-year Global Social Bond on 11 March 2020 to support resilience-building programs against Covid-19. The issuance was widely recognized as a historic transaction given challenging market conditions at the time.
PineBridge’s Global Fixed Income team championed the early funding of the inaugural COVID-19 social bonds and successfully invested in this innovative structure on behalf of eligible investors.
As a member of this initiative, we join an international group of asset managers committed to supporting the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner, in line with global efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius; and to supporting investing aligned with net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.^
As a member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, we participate with other industry peers to inform, align and support investors in ultimately safeguarding and enhancing long term returns across their investments in listed equity and corporate bonds. This includes a focus on seeking to ensure investee companies are working to business strategies that are consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.5
As a member of the Alliance, we join members of the industry in aligning material sustainability information into our existing investment processes, while seeking to standardize disclosure to help both companies and investors develop best practices.1
As a member of the Task Force, we join a focus to promote more informed investment, credit and insurance underwriting decisions, and in turn, enable stakeholders to better understand the concentrations of carbon-related assets in the financial sector and the financial system’s exposure to climate- related risks.2
We joined the Diversity in Action initiative as a founding signatory in 2020, which brings together limited partners (LPs) and general partners (GPs) who share a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the private equity industry.4
Seeking to strengthen the position of Switzerland in the global marketplace for sustainable finance by informing, educating, and catalyzing growth. The association, founded in 2014, unites 183 members and network partners, from financial service providers and investors to universities and business schools, public sector entities, and other interested organizations.3
The world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, the UN Global Compact (the Compact) aims to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create a better world. The Compact supports companies to do business responsibly by aligning strategies with key principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.6
For illustrative purposes only, as of 18 January 2022. ^Source: https://www.netzeroassetmanagers.org/ 1Source: https://www.sasb.org/alliance-membership/organizational-members/ 2Source: https://www.fsb-tcfd.org/. 3Source: https://www.sustainablefinance.ch/ 4 Source Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA). 5https://www.iigcc.org/our-work/corporate-programme/. 6Source: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/.
By integrating ESG factors into our investment process, we are able to better fulfill our mission of partnering with clients to achieve their specific investment objectives
From process integration to crafting custom ESG products across asset classes, our focus is clear – help our clients define, create and execute on solutions that match alpha and sustainable investing principles.