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  • February 7, 2018
    Fixed Income
    Audra Stundziaite
    Engagement is an integral part of the investment approach adopted by Hermes Credit. By engaging with issuers, we can encourage them to adopt better environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, and thereby, deliver a better financial return and a public good. Here we explain how we addressed our ESG concerns by engaging with oil producer Pemex.
  • August 29, 2017
    Fixed Income
    Audra Stundziaite
    Undoubtedly, oil poses more than a few headaches for ESG investors. Besides the obvious high carbon content of petroleum products, the industry as a whole has accrued a reputation as risky across a range of ESG measures. These include: environmental preservation, workers’ health and safety, executive pay and, as demonstrated by the Petrobras scandal, political corruption. Yet in spite of – or perhaps because of – its blatant shortcomings, the oil industry attracts long-term investors who are prepared to engage on ESG matters. Despite rising sales of electric cars and the risk of fossil-fuel deposits becoming stranded assets, the oil industry is not disappearing any time soon. According to OPEC, global oil demand should increase until at least 2040. (see figure 1). That said, even if OPEC’s own growth expectations of 109m barrels of daily intake by 2040 prove to be overly optimistic, engagement on ESG factors – including climate change scenarios - will remain as important as ever.