Insight's Responsible Investment policy

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We believe strong governance practices and management of environmental and social risks are important drivers of investment value over the short and the long term.

We also believe that delivering sustainable investment returns is dependent on efficient and well-managed financial markets, and stable and transparent social, environmental and economic systems.

Our objective is to achieve superior investment returns over clients' expected time horizons. We consider responsible investment to contribute towards this goal through providing investment solutions that deliver quality and excellence; managing financial and non-financial risks for our clients; and operating to high ethical and professional standards.

We consider responsible investment as central to our investment activities, to our culture, to our relationship with clients and to our interaction with stakeholders.

To deliver on our objectives, we:

  1. Take account of financially material short and long-term risk factors in our investment research and decision-making processes. These risk factors may include environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
  2. Exercise our stewardship role in the companies and other entities in which we invest. We believe that good stewardship can create investment opportunities and reduce investment risk. We therefore engage with management to discuss issues such as strategy, deployment of capital, performance, remuneration, risk management and ESG factors. We also vote our shareholdings.
  3. Support efforts that seek to improve the operation, resilience and stability of financial markets. This includes sustainable economic development and health of the natural environment.

Responsible investment in numbers

  • A+ / A Ratings from the PRI for strategy, governance and the integration of responsible investment-related issues across corporate bond portfolios**
  • 2006 Founding signatory to the PRI
  • Tier 1 Top ranking from the UK’s Financial Reporting Council, signifying “a good quality and transparent description of [our] approach to stewardship”

** The PRI, launched in 2006, is an independent organization that works to understand the investment implications of ESG factors and to support its international network of investor signatories in incorporating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions. More details are available at www.unpri.org/. Signatories to the PRI pay an annual fee. They are required to report annually on their responsible investment activities and they receive ratings based on their reported data. Full details of PRI reporting and assessment methodology are available at www.unpri.org/signatories/signatory-accountability/about-pri-reporting. In 2017, Insight was awarded an A+ rating for strategy, governance and the integration of responsible investment-related issues across corporate bond portfolios, plus an A rating for the integration of responsible investment-related issues across securitized asset portfolios. When it submitted data in 2017, Insight did not have a formal ESG integration process for the fixed income sovereign, supranational and agency (SSA) debt category and was in the process of developing a more formal process. Full details of Insight’s ratings are available at https://www.insightinvestment.com/na/responsible-investment/pri-rating/.

The Financial Reporting Council is the UK’s independent regulator responsible for promoting high quality corporate governance and reporting to foster investment. Among other activities, the FRC sets the UK Stewardship Code. To improve the quality of reporting, encourage greater transparency, and maintain the Code’s credibility, the FRC assessed signatories based on the quality of their Code compliance statements. Full details are available at www.frc.org.uk/investors/uk-stewardship-code/uk-stewardship-code-statements.

Insight North America LLC (INA) is a registered investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and regulated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. INA is part of “Insight” or “Insight Investment”, the corporate brand for certain asset management companies operated by Insight Investment Management Limited including, among others, Insight Investment Management (Global) Limited and Insight Investment International Limited. Insight’s assets under management are represented by the value of cash securities and other economic exposures, and are calculated on a gross notional basis.  Advisory services referenced herein are available in the US only through INA.

The views herein represent the opinions of Insight and are subject to change based on subsequent developments. They are not intended as investment advice or to predict or depict the performance of any investment. The material contained herein is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, investment, accounting or legal tax advice. Further, this material does not constitute a recommendation to buy, sell or hold any security. No offer or solicitation for the sale of any security or financial instrument is made hereby.