What is SLGI Asset Management Inc.’s approach to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors in investing? In a nutshell, we incorporate ESG into our process for evaluating, selecting and monitoring sub-advisors. Here is how MFS Investment Management (one of our sub-advisors) describes their Sustainable Investing Framework:
“At MFS, we seek to achieve investors’ long-term economic objectives by allocating their capital responsibly. As an active manager, we have always sought to identify investments that can add sustainable, long-term value. While many asset managers have chased market demand by launching new ESG strategies or relabeling their existing portfolios, we have maintained a process-focused approach that ensures ESG considerations are a part of every fundamental investment decision.
“Comprehensively and holistically integrating ESG factors into our investment process improves our understanding of what is, and what is not, priced into equity and fixed income valuations. This helps us identify businesses that we believe have the potential to offer more sustainable and durable returns.
“Our multifaceted ESG integration strategy combines analytic, bottom-up research and systematic risk management, as well as active ownership through engagement and proxy voting.
“A variety of activities, processes, data sets and governance structures supports our ability to make sound, long-term investment decisions on behalf of investors. The illustration below highlights the principal areas where we focus our time and attention.”
- Using engagement and proxy voting to influence governance and business practices and reduce risk
- Deep awareness of ESG risks at individual company and portfolio levels
ESG data and tools
- Data from multiple vendors and specialists accessible to all investors
Strategy & governance
- Multiple working groups and committees ensure integration across investment and stewardship activities
- Detailed bottom-up research of materiality based on company, industry and geographic factors
- Proprietary research on emerging ESG themes that impact multiple sectors and regions
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