Climate Action

Mamadou-Abou Sarr on the increasing demand for ESG incorporation in Fixed Income strategies

Ahead of the Sustainable Investment Forum Europe 2020 taking place in Paris on the 10 March, we caught up with Mamadou-Abou Sarr, Director of Product Development and Sustainable Investing at Northern Trust Asset Management, to discuss the increasing demand for ESG incorporation in Fixed Income strategies.

  • 14 February 2020
  • Rachel Cooper

Ahead of the Sustainable Investment Forum Europe 2020 taking place in Paris on the 10 March, we caught up with Mamadou-Abou Sarr, Director of Product Development and Sustainable Investing at Northern Trust Asset Management, to discuss the increasing demand for ESG incorporation in Fixed Income strategies.

Over the past three decades, the majority of ESG investment solutions have been applied to equity strategies. However, today fixed income ESG solutions represent 33% of the €27 trillion assets in ESG strategies globally1 with the last decade seeing a growing demand result in positive flows into this space. The lack of availability of quantitative ESG data, tools & technology as well as how to integrate them with traditional fixed income investment processes all played a role in the delayed development. With fixed income being such a large component of most institutional investor strategies, the opportunity to develop ESG solutions across the term and credit spectrum is tremendous – and much of it driven through co-development with institutional investors and investment managers working together.

Source: Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (2018 GSI review)

 

Download the full interview along with other industry leader interviews by clicking here.

 

Mamadou-Abou Sarr will be sharing further insights at the Sustainable Investment Forum Europe 2020, organised in Partnership with UNEP-FI, to an audience of 400 asset owners, ratings agencies, banks, UN and Government policymakers, investors, development banks, think tanks, and NGOs committed to driving forward the sustainable finance agenda. Find out more here about the event here.