ESG roundup: GPIF, World Bank report on fixed income ‘constraints’ (IPE)

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There are significant constraints limiting the wider adoption of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in fixed income investing, according to a report produced for Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) and the World Bank Group.

The report was the result of a research collaboration between the two entities aimed at advancing adoption of ESG integration in fixed income to help achieve sustainable development.

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According to the authors, ESG integration in fixed income was catching up quickly with the practice in equity markets and leading investors were “going further and viewing ESG not just as an aspect of risk and return, but merging ESG and ‘impact’ investing”.

However, many investors found implementing ESG in practice a challenge, and this could be exacerbated when it came to their fixed income portfolios, they wrote.

 

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