ESG Integration

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ESG Integration

Our Approach to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Considerations

MetLife Investment Management seeks to deliver client solutions that manage risk and create sustainable investment returns. We believe material ESG factors have an impact on investment performance and are important considerations to effectively manage risk and achieve our clients’ investments objectives.

To view MetLife Investment Management’s full ESG Investment Policy, click here.

Robust In-House Analysis

MetLife Investment Management’s investment methodology is based on a disciplined in-house research, underwriting and security selection process, which leverages the deep expertise of our seasoned investment teams. MetLife Investment Management’s investment capabilities include deal origination, asset acquisition, trading, portfolio construction and monitoring, risk analytics and risk management.

Risk management is ingrained in MetLife Investment Management’s culture and integrated throughout the organization. When assessing credit risk related to any investment opportunity, we conduct bottom-up, fundamental research and focus on multiple factors. ESG considerations are a vital part of our due diligence, as we seek to identify issues that may impact the reputation of a borrower as well as its financial condition, credit rating and transaction pricing. We believe that adhering to sound ESG practices can minimize financial risks, such as controversy-triggered loss of customers, fines, penalties and environmental clean-up costs.

Active Engagement

MetLife Investment Management believes active engagement with company leadership is a key to managing investment risk.  Investment analysts frequently interact and engage in discussions with a firm’s senior management throughout the initial due diligence process and as part of the portfolio monitoring process. Ongoing dialogue helps to raise awareness of sustainable business practices.

Industry Leadership

MetLife Investment Management (MIM) has been a Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) signatory since March 2019.  As a signatory, we are obligated to report on our responsible investment activities and ESG integration practices annually. The highlights of our 2020 PRI reporting cycle for our core investment strategies are reflected within our assessment scorecard. A copy of our corresponding transparency report can be found here.1

MetLife Investment Management is also committed to responsible investing through active participation in industry groups such as the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) survey and disclosure to ShareAction AODP’s annual asset manager survey. MetLife Investment Management is a member of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). MetLife reports to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) annual corporate sustainability assessment, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), as well as the annual insurance industry specific NAIC Climate Risk Survey.

 To review additional information about MetLife Investment Management’s ESG integration efforts and its responsible investments, click here to view MetLife’s annual Corporate Responsibility Report.

1 MIM also received scores in certain listed equity categories, which are not part of MIM’s core investment strategies offered to third parties and thus are not included in MIM’s assessment scorecard as provided above.