Manulife Sustainable Asia Bond
The COVID-19 pandemic and recent energy crisis as a result of the Russia-Ukraine war was a timely reminder to policymakers and investors on the importance of long-term sustainable goals. It is crucial to consider ESG factors, alongside financial metrics to achieve measurable, positive ESG impact.
Sustainable investing is here to stay, and Asia plays an important role in this paradigm to tackle global environmental issues. Many companies face increasing regulatory pressure to reduce pollution and emissions. The increase in ESG awareness is also likely to bring about greater governance standards, transparency, and quality of disclosures. The region is also poised to accelerate in the transition to cleaner, lower-carbon economies as quality companies with superior ESG attributes starts to become compelling.
Key Characteristics of Fund
- Asian credit portfolio managed through an ESG lens, focusing on best-in-class issuers with strong or improving sustainability attribute.
- Fund is well diversified across countries and sectors, typically investing in USD IG credits.
- Opportunistically invests into ESG-themed bonds such as green bonds where proceeds are tagged to environment, social and/or sustainability projects.
- Managed by co-PMs, the pair is primarily responsible for asset allocation whilst supported by a breadth of resources, incl. dedicated ESG and regional analysts.
Manulife Investment Management believes that sustainable investing creates long-term value for stakeholders while helping realize a sustainable trajectory for the global economy. Their ESG integration strategy helps identify and assess material sustainability factors, which potentially protects and enhances the value of the assets.