How responsible should bond investors be?

Fixed income (FI) investors can have huge influence on markets, and, therefore, we have a huge responsibility.

We may not have a vote, but we often control the largest portion of the money that finances companies. If equity is the brain that creates and develops a business, FI should be seen as the heart that pumps blood around the body.

As such, the FI sector has an important and growing role to play within the responsible investing (RI) sector, especially as it moves from a world of the exclusion of companies on the basis of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) grounds to active engagement with companies to help them develop more robust practices. As providers of finance, FI investors have a unique ability to affect change at a company management level for the better, especially in regards to issues such as climate change.

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