PIMCO’s Net Zero Framework to Decarbonize Bond Portfolios
- With the world facing significant climate-related challenges, investors should consider positioning portfolios to navigate material climate-related risks, and also potentially to benefit from dedicated policy support globally and increasing consumer and investor demand for climate solutions.
- Many leaders in both the private and public sectors have already committed to decarbonize and help the transition to a net zero carbon economy.
- In a bond portfolio context, net zero would mean first and foremost reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the portfolio’s underlying holdings.
- For clients with decarbonization goals, PIMCO’s Net Zero Framework provides a meaningful and realistic approach to decarbonizing portfolios over time, while engaging and investing in the climate solutions and leaders best positioned to contribute to real-economy emissions reductions.
Environmental (“E”) factors can include matters such as climate change, pollution, waste, and how an issuer protects and/or conserves natural resources. Social (“S”) factors can include how an issuer manages its relationships with individuals, such as its employees, stakeholders, customers and its community. Governance (“G”) factors can include how an issuer operates, such as its leadership, pay and incentive structures, internal controls, and the rights of equity and debt holders.
Unlabeled Green Bonds are bond issued by issuers that have a significant share of their business derived from low-carbon solutions. ESG Labeled Bonds are defined as green, social, sustainable bonds and sustainability-linked bonds. Green Bonds are any type of bond instrument where the proceeds will be exclusively applied to finance or re-finance, in part or in full, new and/or existing eligible Green Projects. Social Bonds are use-of-proceeds bonds earmarked to finance new and existing projects or activities with positive social impacts. Sustainability Bonds are use-of-proceeds bonds earmarked to finance new and existing projects or activities with positive environmental and social impacts. Sustainability-Linked Bonds (SLBs) are structurally linked to the issuer’s achievement of climate or broader sustainability goals, such as through a step-up in coupon if key performance indicators (KPIs) are not met. Climate Leaders are issuers, determined by PIMCO, that lead in mitigating carbon emissions and broader environmental externalities across their value chain. There is no standardized industry definition or certification for certain ESG categories.
PIMCO is committed to the integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (""ESG"") factors into our broad research process and engaging with issuers on sustainability factors and our climate change investment analysis. At PIMCO, we define ESG integration as the consistent consideration of material ESG factors into our investment research process, which may include, but are not limited to, climate change risks, diversity, inclusion and social equality, regulatory risks, human capital management, and others. Further information is available in PIMCO’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investment Policy Statement.
With respect to comingled funds with sustainability objectives (“ESG-dedicated funds”), we have built on PIMCO’s 50-year core investment processes and utilize three guiding principles: Exclude, Evaluate and Engage. In this way, PIMCO’s ESG-dedicated funds seek to deliver attractive returns while also seeking to achieve positive ESG outcomes through its investments. Please see each ESG-dedicated fund’s prospectus for more detailed information related to its investment objectives, investment strategies and approach to ESG.
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