We believe that ESG factors can impact the financial performance of the corporate and sovereign issuers in which we invest. We integrate ESG factors within our investment processes with the aim of enhancing our pricing and management of risk. BlueBay is particularly advanced in its fixed income ESG integration and we are working on further developing or improving the processes of our other fixed income teams to fully integrate ESG factors.
A combination of screening and integration is applied to our designated socially responsible strategies. These strategies have been specifically designed to screen out companies that manufacture products and/or provide services that socially responsibe investors may wish to avoid, or have poor ESG practices . In addition to a negative screen, integration is used to assess the remaining companies to ensure that relevant ESG factors are appropriately addressed.
Thematic alone is used in our Access Capital Community Investment strategy, an investment solution offered through our U.S. operations to U.S. clients. Access Capital aids underserved communities while seeking to earn a market rate of return through the support of low and moderate income home buyers, affordable rental housing, small business administration loans and economic development projects.