The implementation of the PRI Principles and integration of ESG issues into the investment process is one of the major objectives of MEAG, the global fund manager of Munich Re. Given the large number of portfolios, there is a high awareness of ESG criteria being applied.
Within Fixed Income there is an established investment process which ensures that all rating information is updated properly and fed into the front office system. Various departments are committed fo meet these requirements (e.g. Portfolio Management, Risk Controlling, IT). A summary of all investment recommendations with regard to issuers (SSA/Corporate/Securitised) including their corresponding sustainability rating - the so called master list - ensures a maximum degree of transparency and gives all professionals (around 55 investment managers in Fixed Income) access to the same information pool. We cross-check third party ratings with information we directly receive from companies (one-on-one meetings, engagement).