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  • January 21, 2020
    Fixed Income
    Aaron Hay
    What drives an impactful engagement with a credit issuer?
  • November 1, 2019
    Fixed Income
    Mitch Reznick
    How has an Italian energy company structured the world's first SDG-linked bond?
  • Aoifinn Devitt
    The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal set of goals, targets and indicators for global development. They have been called a blueprint for changing the world – but how? By ending global poverty, safeguarding the planet and aiming for prosperity for all – all by 2030.
  • Mitch Reznick
    Building on our studies showing a strong relationship between the environmental, social and governance performance...
  • Hans-Christoph Hirt
    How bondholders can engage companies for the benefit of all stakeholders
  • February 1, 2019
    Stewardship
    Mitch Reznick
    ESG is being codified as mainstream across the globe.
  • September 28, 2018
    Fixed Income Stewardship
    Eoin Murray
    In this podcast, Eoin Murray, Head of Investment, is joined by Mitch Reznick, Co-Head of Credit and Head of Credit Research and Hans-Christoph Hirt, Head of Hermes EOS and Stewardship Services to discuss the first instalment in a two-part paper we have recently published titled ‘we can all get along’.
  • September 12, 2018
    Fixed Income Stewardship
    Mitch Reznick
    The perceived divergence of priorities between bondholders and shareholders has led some to believe that these investors cannot engage with companies on the same issues. Some – remarkably - even question the legitimacy of bondholders (or other creditors) engaging with companies in the first place. However, given their financial stakes in a company, both types of investors not only have legitimate cause to engage, but also a professional duty to do so. So say, Mitch Reznick, Co-Head of Credit, and Dr. Hans Christoph-Hirt, Head of Hermes EOS, in We Can All Get Along, a new report dispelling myths surrounding joint company engagements between bondholders and long-term shareholders. Writing in the paper, the authors argue that the difference in the payoff profile of equities and bonds is sometimes cited as a reason that bondholders focus less on long-term factors, while shareholders want to see growth. However, there are strategic issues which the pair highlight as being relevant to a company’s current and likely future health and value creation, including the management of ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors. Arguing that although the cash flows from bonds held to maturity will not alter unless operating cash flows are substantially impaired, the authors highlight that unmitigated risks can weaken a company’s ability to fulfil its debt-service obligations.
  • September 10, 2018
    Fixed Income Stewardship
    Hans-Christoph Hirt
    In this two-part paper, we assert that the shared interests of bond and shareholders in companies provide incentives to jointly engage companies – and generate positive outcomes by doing so. In this first instalment, we dispel the fallacy that the imperatives of bond and shareholders typically diverge, and argue that their common standing as financial stakeholders gives them the legitimacy to engage corporate boards and management teams to encourage sustainable growth and long-term value creation.