Since 2014, Russell Investments has formally incorporated environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into our investment process, including fixed income research. As a component of our manager research process, manager research analysts assign an ESG rank to individual strategies. Our observations of market trends assist us in identifying leading market practitioners around ESG considerations and implementations in their investment processes. 

In this paper, we aim to share some key ESG integration trends we see among the fixed income market practitioners. The topics are:

  1. ESG for fixed income investing
  2. Sense of urgency
  3. ESG data coverage availability
  4. Engagement in fixed income
  5. ESG team vs. integrated investment team
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6. ESG data integration
7. Reporting
8. Climate-related reporting
Product offerings
10. Impact investing in fixed income