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We believe the size of bond markets and recurring nature of debt issuance make fixed income investors a meaningful force in driving sustainable change.
sustainable Investment Assets under management2
of holdings of corporate bond issuers engaged on ESG (in 2021)3
PRI Assessment Score (2018, 2019, and 2020) across all Fixed Income categories1
Case studies of engagement with bond issuers, industry groups, and clients
PIMCO’s approach to considering material ESG factors in bond markets
An educational overview of the ESG Bond market including green, social, and sustainability-linked bonds
Annual update on PIMCO’s progress in the critical areas of sustainability and corporate responsibility
1 UNPRI assessment report limited to asset managers signed up to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and based on how well ESG metrics are incorporated into their investment processes. UNPRI Transparency Reports are available at https://stpublic.blob.core.windows.net/pri-ra/2020/Investor/Public-TR/(Merged)_Public_Transparency_Report_PIMCO_2020.pdf . Prior to 2021, PRI assessments were awarded scores based on A+ - E scale. A+ being highest score, while E being the lowest. PRI Assessments awarded from 2021 onward are based on a scale of 1-5 Stars. 1 star being the lowest score, 5 stars being the highest. For methodology prior to 2021, please refer to: https://www.unpri.org/reporting-and-assessment/how-to-access-reported-data/3073.article#downloads. For 2021 Methodology, please refer to https://dwtyzx6upklss.cloudfront.net/Uploads/v/g/y/2021_assessmentmethodology_jan_2021_403875.pdf.return to content↩
2 Sustainable Investment AUM includes third party and Allianz Socially Responsible AUM (negative screened portfolios), ESG AUM (portfolios with ESG objectives) and thematic AUM. $ referenced above is in USD.return to content↩
3 Calculated as % by par-adjusted Firm AUM. Corporate issuer is defined as a non-government legal entity that develops, registers and sells securities to finance its operations. The statistic relates solely to the in-depth engagement activities by PIMCO's ESG analysts.return to content↩
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 low interest rate environments increase this risk. 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.
PIMCO is committed to the integration of Environmental, Social and Governance ("ESG") factors into our broad research process and engaging with issuers on sustainability factors and our climate change investment analysis. At PIMCO, we define ESG integration as the consistent consideration of material ESG factors into our investment research process, which may include, but are not limited to, climate change risks, diversity, inclusion and social equality, regulatory risks, human capital management, and others. Further information is available in PIMCO's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investment Policy Statement.
ESG investing is qualitative and subjective by nature, and there is no guarantee that the factors utilized by PIMCO or any judgment exercised by PIMCO will reflect the opinions of any particular investor, and the factors utilized by PIMCO may differ from the factors that any particular investor considers relevant in evaluating an issuer's ESG practices. In evaluating an issuer, PIMCO is dependent upon information and data obtained through voluntary or third-party reporting that may be incomplete, inaccurate or unavailable, or present conflicting information and data with respect to an issuer, which in each case could cause PIMCO to incorrectly assess an issuer's business practices with respect to its ESG practices. Socially responsible norms differ by region, and an issuer's ESG practices or PIMCO's assessment of an issuer's ESG practices may change over time. There is no assurance that the ESG investing strategy or techniques employed will be successful. Past performance is not a guarantee or reliable indicator of future results.
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