Our ESG Research Team, part of central Investment Research, helps portfolio managers and analysts gather deeper intelligence on ESG topics and integrate these considerations into the investment process. We believe a holistic understanding of how companies deploy capital — financial, physical, and human — is helpful in framing an investment thesis, and examining ESG issues gives us a more complete picture. ESG analysts are responsible for conducting in-depth analysis of ESG factors most relevant to sectors within their coverage area, and for coordinating the proxy voting and ESG engagement strategies for the companies in their sectors with equity and fixed income analysts and portfolio managers. Our ESG team works closely with investment teams to incorporate our research into the investment process — regularly conducting in-depth portfolio reviews with investment teams to discuss holdings with the greatest ESG risks and strengths.
Portfolio Managers develop their own investment approaches, whereby ESG considerations are integrated into their research and decision-making processes to the extent that they believe these issues may affect the long-term success of a company and investment returns. This can manifest within the investment thesis or portfolio weighting for a security, as well as within proxy voting and company engagement efforts.