Sustainable investing is designed to sort future-proof companies from those that are not. It is an essential aspect of successful credit portfolio management. Due to their medium to long-term investment horizon, buy-and-maintain strategies inherently are focused on identifying sustainable companies – those investments that will survive and thrive over long time periods.
Insurers and pension funds face the imperative of finding investment solutions that generate sufficient returns, all while managing risk in a world of low yields, market uncertainty and softening growth. Increasingly, these investors are incorporating their sustainability goals into their investment objectives.
ESG integration is an important risk-mitigation technique for any credit manager, especially now that the credit cycle is approaching a stage in which the risk of defaults and downgrades is increasing. Sustainable investing, which is designed to sort the future-proof companies from those that are not, is an essential aspect of successful portfolio management for buy-and-maintain credit portfolios.
ESG integration is an important risk-mitigation technique for any credit manager
Further, buy-and-maintain investors are able to optimize their ESG integrated portfolios to meet their own specific sustainability goals and requirements such as reducing the carbon footprint of a portfolio or creating an impact investment that targets the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The inherent focus on risk management, long-term stability and the bespoke nature of the investment style make it a natural fit with sustainable investing, and thus with integrating sustainability considerations at the time of the investment.
In fact, one of the most important observations of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group for sustainable finance is that sustainability and the long term are axiomatically linked, since investment in sustainable development requires a longer-term commitment of capital, beyond near-term profits.
Our approach to buy-and-maintain portfolio management is to incorporate sustainability from the starting point. We apply our skills in sustainable investing, credit research and client-driven portfolio optimization to provide our clients with an optimal and bespoke long-term solution.
Robeco has a long history in buy-and-maintain investing, helping many clients to achieve their unique objectives over long timeframes. With our in-house combination of insurance and pensions analytical capabilities, our market-leading global credit platform and our pioneering role in sustainable investing, we are able to design high quality and truly client-driven credit portfolios. Clients are involved in each step, making this a true partnership.
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