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Metzler Asset Management GmbH

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ESG incorporation in actively managed fixed income

Implementation processes

FI 04. Incorporation strategies applied

04.1. Indicate 1) Which ESG incorporation strategy and/or combination of strategies you apply to your actively managed fixed income investments; and 2) The proportion (+/- 5%) of your total actively managed fixed income investments each strategy applies to.

Corporate (financial)
0 Screening alone
0 Thematic alone
0 Integration alone
100 Screening + integration strategies
0 Thematic + integration strategies
0 Screening + thematic strategies
0 All three strategies combined
0 No incorporation strategies applied
100%
Corporate (non-financial)
0 Screening alone
0 Thematic alone
0 Integration alone
100 Screening + integration strategies
0 Thematic + integration strategies
0 Screening + thematic strategies
0 All three strategies combined
0 No incorporation strategies applied
100%
Securitised
0 Screening alone
0 Thematic alone
0 Integration alone
100 Screening + integration strategies
0 Thematic + integration strategies
0 Screening + thematic strategies
0 All three strategies combined
0 No incorporation strategies applied
100%

04.2. Describe your reasons for choosing a particular ESG incorporation strategy and how combinations of strategies are used.

For all of the above fixed-income investments, exclusionary screening is applied based on 120 international norms and conventions. The data stems mostly from MSCI ESG Research. In cases of “very severe controversies”, i.e. serious infringements of these standards, companies are excluded from our investment universe. Upon client request, we also take other aspects into account in the investment process, such as conclusions drawn from data provided by oekom research.

ESG integration is a specific strategy for more sustainable investments aimed at improving fund performance by integrating sustainability aspects into the traditional investment analysis process.

04.3. Additional information [Optional].


FI 05. ESG issues and issuer research (Private)


FI 06. Processes to ensure analysis is robust

06.1. Indicate how you ensure that your ESG research process is robust:

06.2. Describe how your ESG information or analysis is shared among your investment team.

06.3. Additional information. [Optional]


(A) Implementation: Screening

FI 07. Types of screening applied

07.1. Indicate the type of screening you conduct.

Select all that apply
Corporate (financial)
Corporate (non-financial)
Securitised
Negative/exclusionary screening
Positive/best-in-class screening
Norms-based screening

07.2. Describe your approach to screening for internally managed active fixed income

For all corporate-bond investments, exclusionary screening is applied based on 120 international norms and conventions. The data stems mostly from MSCI ESG Research. In cases of “very severe controversies”, i.e. serious infringements of these standards, companies are excluded from our investment universe.

Upon client request, we also take other aspects into account in the investment process, such as negative/best-in-class screenings drawn from data provided by oekom research.

07.3. Additional information. [Optional]


FI 08. Negative screening - overview and rationale

08.1. Indicate why you conduct negative screening.

Corporate (financial)

Corporate (fin)

Corporate (non-financial)

Corporate (non-fin)

Securitised

Securitised

08.2. Describe your approach to ESG-based negative screening of issuers from your investable universe.

For all corporate-bond investments, exclusionary screening is applied based on 120 international norms and conventions. The data stems mostly from MSCI ESG Research. In cases of “very severe controversies”, i.e. serious infringements of these standards, companies are excluded from our investment universe.

08.3. Additional information. [Optional]


FI 09. Examples of ESG factors in screening process (Private)


FI 10. Screening - ensuring criteria are met

10.1. Indicate which systems your organisation has to ensure that fund screening criteria are not breached in fixed income investments.

Type of screening
Checks
Negative/exclusionary screening?
Positive/best-in-class screening
Norms-based screening

10.2. Additional information. [Optional]


(C) Implementation: Integration

FI 14. Integration overview

14.1. Describe your approach to integrating ESG into traditional financial analysis.

ESG integration is a specific strategy for more sustainable investments aimed at improving fund performance by integrating sustainability aspects into the traditional investment analysis process.

For example, we evaluate the economic impact of the following aspects on a company’s business success:

  • ESG scores issued by MSCI ESG Research
  • Sector-specific key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • ESG aspects of company business models.

14.2. Describe how your ESG integration approach is adapted to each of the different types of fixed income you invest in.

Corporate (financial)

Our approach is the same for Corporate (financial), Corporate (non-financial) and Securitised.

Corporate (non-financial)

Our approach is the same for Corporate (financial), Corporate (non-financial) and Securitised.

Securitised

Our approach is the same for Corporate (financial), Corporate (non-financial) and Securitised.

14.3. Additional information [OPTIONAL]


FI 15. Integration - ESG information in investment processes

15.1. Indicate how ESG information is typically used as part of your investment process.

Select all that apply
Corporate (financial)
Corporate (non-financial)
Securitised
ESG analysis is integrated into fundamental analysis
ESG analysis is integrated into security weighting decisions
ESG analysis is integrated into portfolio construction decisions
ESG analysis is a standard part of internal credit ratings or assessment
ESG analysis for issuers is a standard agenda item at investment committee meetings
ESG analysis is regularly featured in internal research notes or similar
ESG analysis is a standard feature of ongoing portfolio monitoring
ESG analysis features in all internal issuer summaries or similar documents
Other, specify

15.2. Additional information [OPTIONAL]


FI 16. Integration - E,S and G issues reviewed

16.1. Indicate the extent to which ESG issues are reviewed in your integration process.

Environment
Social
Governance
Corporate (financial)

Environmental

Social

Governance

Corporate (non-financial)

Environmental

Social

Governance

Securitised

Environmental

Social

Governance

16.2. Please provide more detail on how you review E, S and G factors in your integration process.

Corporate (financial)

Our approach is the same for Corporate (financial), Corporate (non-financial) and Securitised.

The integration of sustainability criteria takes place throughout the entire investment process. The main goal here is to avoid exposure to material risks, while at the same time enhancing performance over the long term through additional identification of alpha sources by means of a performance-based sustainability rating.

Corporate (non-financial)

Our approach is the same for Corporate (financial), Corporate (non-financial) and Securitised.

Securitised

Our approach is the same for Corporate (financial), Corporate (non-financial) and Securitised.

16.3. Additional information.[OPTIONAL]


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