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Home / News Article / Portfolio perspectives on ESG risk

07 November 2013
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The new Portfolio ESG Monitor integrates sustainability risks more deeply into our investment decisions, says Saker Nusseibeh, CEO of Hermes Fund Managers.

How it’s used: At Hermes, we strive to consider ESG risk in every investment decision. The monitor quantifies the ESG risk in portfolios in absolute and benchmark-relative terms. It also reduces these exposures into distinct environmental, social and governance risks. Holdings with the greatest ESG risk, and those with the least, are highlighted, and the ESG metrics for every company in the portfolio are also shown.

Proprietary data: Proxy voting and engagement activity conducted by Hermes Equity Ownership Services (Hermes EOS) is provided. So is the sustainability specialist’s Controversial Company Report, which flags companies with live and potential ESG risks. This research is amalgamated with commercially-available data from Sustainalytics, Trucost, Bloomberg and FactSet.

Definitive score: Combining these best-of-breed ESG metrics enables us to calculate QESG Scores showing how well each company is mitigating sustainability risks. The distribution of these scores across portfolios is displayed and underperformers are spotlighted.

ESG at Hermes: Building on the work of Hermes EOS and the ESG Dashboard, the Portfolio ESG Monitor helps to include analysis of sustainability factors into our investment processes. Its findings are discussed in quarterly meetings between equity teams, Hermes EOS and the Hermes Investment Office about how these risks are considered in portfolios. The monitor also adds depth to our ESG discussions with companies and helps to identify potential engagement targets.

Beating benchmarks: All Hermes equity strategies have outperformed since inception

Strategy
Inception Date
Strategy Return
Benchmark Return
Relative Return
Hermes Sourcecap European Alpha
18/06/07
6.41%
2.77%
3.64%
Hermes Sourcecap Europe Ex UK
08/08/08
9.27%
5.50%
3.77%
Hermes Quantitative Global Equity
30/11/07
6.74%
6.01%
0.72%
Hermes Global Emerging Markets
31/01/93
9.73%
8.37%
1.35%
Hermes US Small & Mid Cap Companies
30/09/01
12.50%
12.12%
0.39%
Hermes UK Small & Mid Cap
30/06/07
10.69%
7.16%
3.53%
Hermes Global Small Cap
30/06/11
15.58%
10.38%
5.20%
Hermes Emerging Markets Asia
31/12/09
17.13%
4.49%
12.65%
Hermes Japan Equity
31/01/10
7.97%
7.83%
0.14%
Hermes Global Equity Select
30/11/09
10.40%
9.88%
0.52%


Source: Hermes Investment Office

 

Performance shown is the composite performance returns in GBP as 30 September 2013 net of fees.

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