This Sub-Fund actively invests a majority of its net assets in investment grade and high yield fixed income markets worldwide. The investment strategy relies on credit and macroeconomic assessment, ESG analysis as well as on relative value in order to achieve an attractive level of income while mitigating the risk of short-term negative returns.
It promotes environmental and social characteristics but does not have as its objective sustainable investment.
For sovereign issuers:
This Sub-Fund promotes as social characteristic the sustainability of a country’s economic performance given its efficacy meeting the basic needs of its population and reducing poverty, management of social and equity issues and investment in human capital and productivity.
This Sub-Fund promotes as environmental characteristic the sustainability of a country’s economic performance given its natural resource endowment, management and supplementation and its risk or resilience to climate change and other natural hazards.
The sustainability indicators used to assess social and environmental characteristics are based on internal environment and social scores built using data from external providers.
The indicator used to measure the attainment of the social characteristics will disclose the percentage of countries in this Sub-Fund that are in the bottom 10% of the considered universe on the internal social score.
The indicator used to measure the attainment of the environmental characteristics will disclose the percentage of countries in this Sub-Fund that are in the bottom 10% of the considered universe on the internal environmental score.
For corporate issuers
This Sub-Fund promotes as social characteristic the compliance with the UN Global Compact.
The ESG approach starts with the filtering of the investment universe which includes norm-based screening and the exclusion of some controversial activities and of the issuers with the worst ESG practices. This is followed by ESG Integration, as the Investment Manager believes, alongside rating agencies, that sound ESG credentials can help improve issuers’ creditworthiness.
ESG analysis covers at least 70% of the Sub-Fund's allocation to bonds. Investments in derivatives as mentioned above do not participate in reaching the environmental or social characteristics promoted by the Sub-Fund.
This Sub-Fund invests at least 51% in bonds aligned with the environmental and social characteristics promoted by the strategy.
The binding criteria used to attain each of the environmental and/or social characteristics promoted by the Sub-Fund are integrated in control systems, to ensure pre- and post‑trade checks. Compliance is monitored by the Risk department on an ongoing basis.
The Investment Manager may use data reported directly by issuers or sourced from international organisations like the World Bank or from third-party ESG data providers such as MSCI ESG Research or Sustainalytics. The service and data quality provided by third-party ESG data providers are reviewed regularly.
Depending on the metric considered, some data may be estimated by data providers. Although the Investment Manager applies a thorough selection process of third-party providers, their processes and proprietary ESG methodology may be flawed. As a result, there is a risk of incorrectly assessing an issuer, resulting in an inappropriate capture of ESG risks and potential incorrect inclusion or exclusion in the product. This is expected to have limited impact on the overall environmental and/or social characteristics promoted by the product.
The investment due diligence process ensures that the investment decisions comply with the objectives and the investment strategy of the Sub-Fund. The consideration of sustainability-related risks is integrated into the investment decision-making process to ensure better-informed investment decisions as well as awareness of the risk exposure. The first level of due diligence is conducted by the Investment Manager, while the second level is conducted by the Risk department.
Engagement with investee companies may occur. It can be conducted collaboratively as well as, on an ad-hoc basis, directly by the Investment Manager.
No reference benchmark has been designated for the purpose of attaining the environmental or social characteristics promoted by this Sub-Fund.
For more information, please see the fund’s Sustainability-related disclosures.