Press Release

PIMCO Launches Global ESG Investment Platform

New ESG fund helps clients achieve their investment goals while making a positive social impact


London, January 19, 2017 – PIMCO, a leading global investment management firm, has launched a dedicated Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment platform globally, offering a range of fixed income solutions to investors seeking attractive returns while making a positive social impact. As part of this effort, the PIMCO GIS Global Bond ESG Fund has been launched in EMEA.

PIMCO applies a robust framework across its ESG solutions, delivering maximum impact for investors. This framework includes three key elements: exclusion, evaluation and engagement. Companies with business practices that are misaligned with sustainability principles are excluded from PIMCO’s ESG portfolios. Companies are also evaluated on their ESG credentials and those with best-in-class ESG practices are favored in these solutions. Critically, the team engages collaboratively with companies, encouraging them to improve their ESG practices and influence long term change.

The newly launched PIMCO GIS Global Bond ESG Fund invests in a range of sovereign and investment grade corporate bonds from around the world. The fund aims to maximize total return whilst favoring issuers with best-in-class ESG practices and those that are working to improve them. The fund is managed by a team led by Andrew Balls, Managing Director and CIO of Global Fixed Income and Alex Struc, Portfolio Manager co-heading the ESG initiative at PIMCO.

In addition, PIMCO has enhanced two of its socially responsible funds in the U.S. to incorporate a wider range of ESG considerations into the investment process. These funds are managed by a team led by Scott Mather, Managing Director and CIO for US Core Strategies and Mr. Struc.

Andrew Balls said: “For many investors, screening out undesirable investment categories isn’t enough anymore; they want to use their investments to promote change in the world. Our ESG platform provides the tools to do that without compromising on returns.”

Alex Struc said: “Historically, this type of strategy has been pursued by equity investors but we firmly believe that engagement as a debtholder is equally important. Across the vast fixed income universe, small change can have an enormous positive impact.”

Media Contacts

Jochen Haegele
EMEA Corporate Communications

Jennifer Spivey
U.K. and EMEA Corporate Communications

Michael Reid
Global Head of Corporate Communications
New York

Agnes Crane
U.S. Corporate Communications
New York

Laura Batty
U.S. Corporate Communications
Newport Beach

Donna Chan
APAC Corporate Communications
Hong Kong

Millie Dravers
Australia Corporate Communications



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