Sovereigns and ESG: Is there value in virtue?

Michael Ridley and Peter Barnshaw

Over the past few years, an increasing number of fixed income analysts have sought to use an environmental, social and governance (ESG) approach to analyse corporate credit. This development has perhaps been prompted by concerns for global stewardship, the hope of achieving better long-term returns, or the growth of a green, social and sustainability bond supply.

ESG analysis has its roots in both ethical and sustainable investing, whereby investors are concerned not just with immediate financial return but also the impact of the production process and product on society at large, as well

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