ESG Investing
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PIMCO is committed to the integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors in our investment process and developing innovative ESG solutions for clients.

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ESG Policy Statement & Updates

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PIMCO ESG Platform

In 2017 PIMCO launched a range of dedicated fixed income ESG strategies combining ESG-focused portfolio construction with active engagement and transparent reporting.

Targeting Performance and Positive Change

Exclude

Restrict investment in issuers fundamentally misaligned with sustainability practices

Examples of exclusions

  • Controversial weapons
  • Tobacco
  • Pornography
  • Coal

Evaluate

Emphasize best-in-class ESG issuers and prime ESG engagement candidates in portfolio construction

Attributes of best-in-class issuers

  • Good environmental practices
  • Strong corporate governance
  • Industry-leading social policies

Engage

Engage collaboratively with issuers to change ESG-related business practices

Sample engagement questions

  • Are you developing a framework for climate risk reporting?
  • What is your policy on parental leave?
  • Do you have a culture and conduct committee?

Engagement & Impact

Within PIMCO’s dedicated ESG strategies, we focus on identifying and engaging with companies that have the ability and willingness to improve ESG-related business practices. We believe that successful engagement has the potential to lower credit risk, unlock value and influence change.

HOW WE BRING ESG INTO ACTION AS BONDHOLDERS

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Disclosures

Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results.

Socially responsible investing is qualitative and subjective by nature, and there is no guarantee that the criteria utilized, or judgment exercised, by an investment manager will reflect the beliefs or values of any one particular investor. Information regarding responsible practices is obtained through voluntary or third-party reporting, which may not be accurate or complete, and an investment manager is dependent on such information to evaluate a company’s commitment to, or implementation of, responsible practices. Socially responsible norms differ by region. There is no assurance that the socially responsible investing strategy and techniques employed by an investment manager will be successful.

All investments contain risk and may lose value. Investing in the bond market is subject to risks, including market, interest rate, issuer, credit, inflation risk, and liquidity risk. The value of most bonds and bond strategies are impacted by changes in interest rates. Bonds and bond strategies with longer durations tend to be more sensitive and volatile than those with shorter durations; bond prices generally fall as interest rates rise, and the current low interest rate environment increases this risk. Current reductions in bond counterparty capacity may contribute to decreased market liquidity and increased price volatility. Bond investments may be worth more or less than the original cost when redeemed. Investing in foreign-denominated and/or -domiciled securities may involve heightened risk due to currency fluctuations, and economic and political risks.

There is no guarantee that these investment strategies will work under all market conditions or are suitable for all investors and each investor should evaluate their ability to invest long-term, especially during periods of downturn in the market. Investors should consult their investment professional prior to making an investment decision.

This material contains the opinions of the manager and such opinions are subject to change without notice. This material has been distributed for informational purposes only. This material contains the opinions of the managers and such opinions are subject to change without notice. This material has been distributed for informational purposes only and should not be considered as investment advice or a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but not guaranteed. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form, or referred to in any other publication, without express written permission. PIMCO is a trademark of Allianz Asset Management of America L.P. in the United States and throughout the world. ©2018, PIMCO.

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