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M&G has a significant volume and breadth of fixed income investments and lends to companies, governments, infrastructure projects, housing associations and other borrowers.
We believe we will do our best for our clients if we consider every factor that can have a meaningful impact on the long-term performance of the investments we make on their behalf. This includes the full range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
We embed responsible investing into our fixed income investment processes so that all of our investment professionals have a duty to assess and evaluate risks and the role of ESG issues in any given investment. Such assessments are factored into credit analysis and investment decision making and are a contributing component of valuations.
M&G's investments span a diverse range of fixed income asset classes but always involve a meticulous analysis of each borrower. We assess all issues that could impair their future creditworthiness and interrupt expected future investment returns. ESG risks, which often develop over the longer term, are assessed in conjunction with all other risks. Our fund managers factor such analysis into their investment decision making, determining whether an investment offers good long-term value to our clients in the light of present and future risks.
The scale of M&G’s resources and participation in debt markets means we are well placed to represent our clients’ interests on ESG initiatives. This can range from responding to public consultations to acting as a sounding board for government departments and regulatory bodies. M&G also engages directly with borrowers on ESG issues. We are very aware of the responsibility that comes with our market position and always seek to represent the best interests of our clients.
Our commitment to making investments that support socially responsible and sustainable economic growth is widely demonstrated. M&G is a significant lender to UK social housing borrowers, where we have continued to provide much-needed long-term financing as banks have withdrawn support.
We have also provided financing in areas including:
All fixed income investments must meet our usual, stringent requirements for providing appropriate returns for our clients.
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