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    Prime is Insight Investment's system that generates ESG ratings for corporate debt issuers based on extensive global data and qualitative research

    About Prime Launch tool

    Insight's corporate debt portfolio managers use Prime to identify potential environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, inform their engagement, and to build portfolios with specific ESG criteria.

    ESG risks have the potential to impact financial performance of an investment. We believe information on material ESG risks can therefore be crucial for effective investment decisions. However, we have observed that ESG data providers often disagree, and there are gaps in available information.

    This led us to apply our years of experience in analyzing ESG risks to create a proprietary system that takes ESG data from multiple inputs, adjusted using our in-house expertise, to generate ESG ratings that we believe are more accurately and reliably reflect the risks that corporate issuers face.

    690,000

    The number of subsidiaries covered by Insight’s corporate ESG ratings1

    33

    ESG factors covered

    45

    Credit analysts guiding the model

    95%

    Proportion of investment grade corporate debt indices covered2

    Prime: corporate ESG ratings built on cutting-edge technology and in-depth analysis

    Our detailed paper explains how Prime corporate ESG ratings highlight the ESG risks and opportunities across the corporate fixed income universe.

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    Seeking ESG ratings that reflect the reality on the ground?

    We explain how Prime processes the best available ESG data, with our fixed income portfolio managers and analysts overlaying their expertise to ensure Prime corporate ESG ratings reflect the risks that companies face.

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    Considering how to incorporate ESG analysis into your investments?

    We show how Prime informs our fixed income investment decisions by highlighting potential risks and opportunities driven by ESG factors.

    3

    Looking to understand the ESG risks in your corporate debt portfolio?

    We outline how Prime generates its corporate ESG ratings, with scores covering a wide range of issues – giving detailed insights into the specific ESG risks that challenge companies.
    The difference Prime makes

    Helping identify material ESG risks: Prime ESG ratings are integrated within Insight’s corporate debt investment process. They aim to help our portfolio managers consider material ESG risks, enabling more effective investment decisions and identifying potential for constructive engagement with debt issuers.

    Helping build dedicated strategies: Prime ratings can be used to help build portfolios for investors seeking to invest in line with specific ESG criteria. These may also involve sector exclusions or a bias in favor of specific metrics, as well as requirements for proactive engagement on ESG issues.

    In this video, Joshua Kendall, Head of Responsible Investment Research and Stewardship at Insight, introduces Prime corporate ESG ratings.

    He explains how it supports our fixed income analysts and portfolio managers in their investment decisions and engagements, and in building portfolios with specific ESG criteria.

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    After more than a decade of analyzing ESG risks across our portfolios, we are very aware of the importance of sustainability information when it comes to achieving financial outcomes.

    This led us to ask how we could apply our expertise and knowledge to develop a fixed income solution. The result is Prime – a solid foundation that we believe helps our fixed income portfolio managers and analysts make better decisions, and helps our clients understand more about their portfolios and the risks they are exposed to.

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    After more than a decade of analyzing ESG risks across our portfolios, we are very aware of the importance of sustainability information when it comes to achieving financial outcomes.

    This led us to ask how we could apply our expertise and knowledge to develop a fixed income solution. The result is Prime – a solid foundation that we believe helps our fixed income portfolio managers and analysts make better decisions, and helps our clients understand more about their portfolios and the risks they are exposed to.

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    Adrian Grey, Global CIO
    How Prime works
    Prime processes a wide range of data using detailed modelling, qualitative analysis and our own proprietary research, to generate corporate ESG ratings that aim to highlight material risks.

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