ESG Investing

ESG Investing

PGIM Fixed Income recognizes the importance of integrating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors into our global investment research and decision making processes. We consider relevant ESG factors as part of our ultimate fiduciary duty—seeking the highest risk-adjusted returns for our clients.1

ESG Mission Statement

As a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), PGIM Fixed Income believes that ESG issues can affect the performance of investment portfolios. We also recognize that applying the Principles may better align investors with broader objectives of society, as defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have therefore committed to adopt and implement the Principles, where consistent with our fiduciary responsibilities. This includes the integration of ESG issues into our investment analysis and decision-making processes. To this end, the PGIM Fixed Income ESG Committee has been established to act as the governing body for directing our ESG initiatives, with specific responsibility for:

•    Developing all policies and procedures that integrate ESG factors into the PGIM Fixed Income investment process
•    Setting the methodology for the PGIM Fixed Income internal ESG rating framework
•    Overseeing the assignment of all ESG ratings
•    Monitoring of ESG engagement with individual issuers
•    Approval of ESG fund guidelines

PGIM Fixed Income's 2019 PRI Assessment Scorecard

Each year, signatories of the PRI disclose their approach to responsible investment, policies and procedures, which is outlined in the 2019 PRI Transparency Report. The PRI then reviews each company’s credentials both on an individual and a peer-relative basis before awarding them an official PRI rating for the year. We have provided a summary of our scorecard here, and the full Assessment Report is available above.

Category PRI Rating                           
Strategy and Governance A
Fixed Income—Sovereigns A
Fixed Income—Corporate Financial A
Fixed Income—Corporate Non-Financial A
Fixed Income—Securitized A

ESG Variables by Category

For Professional Investors only. All investments involve risk, including possible loss of capital.

1 There is no guarantee that this objective will be met. Investments involve risks, including possible loss of the entire investment.

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Any discussion of risk management is intended to describe PGIM Fixed Income’s efforts to monitor and manage risk but does not imply low risk.  All investing involves risk, including the risk of loss.  Fixed Income securities are subject to certain risks, including credit, interest rate, issuer, market and inflation risk.  Foreign and emerging market securities are subject to currency, political, economic and market risks, which may be enhanced in emerging market countries.  High Yield securities are lower rated securities that may have a higher degree of credit and liquidity risk.  Mortgage and asset-backed securities are sensitive to early prepayment risk, a higher risk of default and may be hard to value and difficult to sell.  U.S. government securities may not be backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S.; thus, these issuers may not be able to meet their future payment obligations.  With sovereign debt securities, the issuer or governmental authority that controls the repayment of the debt may not be willing or able to repay the principal and/or pay the interest when it becomes due, in accordance with the terms of such obligations.  Collateralized mortgage obligations may have unpredictable cash flows that can increase the risk of loss.  Public bank loans are subject to liquidity risks of lower rated securities.  The use of derivative instruments may disproportionately increase losses and have a significant impact on performance. They also may be subject to counterparty, liquidity, valuation, correlation and market risks.

There is no guarantee that any investment strategy will achieve its objective under all market conditions or be suitable for all investors.  Each investor should evaluate their ability to invest for the long-term, especially during periods of downturn in the market.  

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of PGIM Fixed Income and are subject to change without notice.

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