As a financial stakeholder that provides and lend capital to companies we believe that we have a right to work with them and engage on ESG issues. We try to encourage companies to act sustainably so that they reduce their operating cash flow volatility over time and strengthen their credit profile. We believe that ESG investing is not only about investing in issuer’s who already demonstrate good ESG profile, but also engaging with those who want to improve and are willing to work with lenders to achieve this.
The ESG team is primarily responsible for the engagement, but are working closely with the PM's to identify potential ESG issues and issuers. The results from the engagements with issuers are regularly discussed at monthly meetings with the PM's and shared via our front-desk data and research system.
Our own internal engagements are usually conducted pre-investment, when we identify a new issuer. Post-investment engagements usually are initiated if we identify a risk or issue, such as lack of transparency, or as a part of collaborative engagements.