Breckinridge believes that municipalities that are conscious of sustainability and related ESG issues are likely to carry less risk over the long term.
At Breckinridge, ESG integration is more than a product offering: It’s an investment philosophy that aligns with our tradition of in-depth research and our long-term perspective.
As one of the leaders in ESG integration within the fixed income space, we are thoughtful and innovative in our ESG analysis. Our ESG integration methodology combines a quantitative assessment of ESG factors alongside a rigorous review of qualitative ESG considerations to derive a composite sustainability rating.
Our proprietary quantitative frameworks draw on external data from a range of highly respected non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and sustainability ratings providers. Our qualitative assessment is based on internal analysis, including engagement discussions with issuers. This nuanced process requires analyst judgment, based on sector- and issuer-level materiality considerations. The goal is to derive a comprehensive perspective on whether a bond can compensate investors for risk relative to return.
Over the years, we’ve continued to refine our ESG research and develop new tools and capabilities to further enhance our sustainability insights. Through our continuing commitment to excellence and innovation, we aim to lead by example within a highly dynamic space. At the same time, by advancing the investment case for ESG, we hope to galvanize the broader investor community toward mainstream adoption of ESG and sustainability principles.
You can read our ESG and Engagement Policy here.