Spectrum’s parent company, Principal Global Investors, LLC (“PGI”), became a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment in 2010. As a wholly owned investment boutique of PGI, Spectrum has adopted the various UN Principles for Responsible Investment (“PRI”).
Principles for Responsible Investing
The six principles of PRI set a global standard for responsible investing as it relates to environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. Spectrum is committed to responsible investing, underscoring our fiduciary responsibility to our clients, through the following principles:
To incorporate ESG issues into our investment analysis and decision-making processes
To be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices
To seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues from the entities we invest
To promote acceptance and implementation of the principles within the investment industry
To work with other signatories to enhance effectiveness in implementing the principles
To report on our activities and progress towards implementing the principles
ESG Integration in the Investment Process
Spectrum assesses the effectiveness of a company’s environmental, social and governance policies regarding a wide range of issues including climate change and carbon emissions, immigration and product safety, and money laundering and cyber security. Governance is a key focus in our fundamental credit analysis, especially for global banks and insurance companies which comprise most of our investible universe. Spectrum also reviews ESG factors for REIT, utility, telecom, energy and other non-financial companies. Our ESG findings can vary by country, industry and company.
ESG stewardship is an important consideration in our analysis of an issuer. The inability or reluctance of management to address material ESG challenges could negatively impact key credit fundamentals, thus our investment recommendation.