We begin our investment process with fundamental research to assess financial risk, which includes sector-specific ESG considerations.
MetLife Investment Management (MIM) takes a rigorous, research-based approach to identifying investment opportunities for our institutional investor clients, with experience across short-, medium- and long-term investment horizons and multiple asset classes. In an effort to ensure that our clients can honor their financial commitments and meet their goals, MIM seeks to invest in assets that offer competitive, risk-adjusted returns and integrate relevant environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into our investment decision-making process.
Our Three-Step ESG Investment Process
Evaluation of ESG factors in our screening process is essential in evaluating new transactions, and we periodically review existing investments to ensure that they remain within our ESG parameters.
We engage in ongoing dialogue with the senior management of the organizations we invest in to understand their strategic priorities and day-to-day practices with the goal of ensuring that their goals and activities remain aligned with our ESG principles.
Pursuing Responsible Investments
In 2018, MIM invested more than $7 billion1 to help finance projects that multiply our contribution to social and environmental benefits. At December 31, 2018, MIM managed Responsible Investments totaling over $52 billion4 encompassing renewable energy projects, infrastructure, municipal bonds, and impact investments and affordable housing. MIM has a long history of responsible and impact investing, with a focus on four core areas: Green Investments, Impact and Affordable Housing Investments2, Infrastructure Investments and Municipal Bonds3 Investments.
We have a long track record of support for green buildings and renewable energy projects, including wind and solar. At December 31, 2018, we held equity stakes in 60 LEED-certified real estate properties and made further investments in renewable offshore wind projects in the U.K.
Investments held at Dec. 31, 2018: $16.6B
Impact and Affordable
We invest in impact and affordable, high-quality housing projects that build financial health and bring tangible benefits to communities. In 2018, we increased the supply of loans to micro-, small- and medium-sized businesses in unbanked and underserved markets globally.
Investments held at Dec. 31, 2018: $2.6B
We create local jobs and economic benefits via infrastructure projects that build or upgrade airports, ports, roads, pipelines, transmission lines and power generation - including wind and solar projects. In 2018, we also invested in U.S. not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare facilities in underserved communities.
Investments held at Dec. 31, 2018: $17.1B
Municipal bonds3 Investments
We support infrastructure, education and community services, spanning around 400 municipalities in 47 states and Washington, D.C. In 2018, we invested in Pennsylvania's Planning and Construction Workbook program, which facilitates loans to school districts for eligible school construction projects.
Investments held at Dec. 31, 2018: $16.3B
MIM Responsible Investments Committed in 20184
MIM also strives to support financial services firms that embrace diversity. In 2018, MIM conducted over $2 billion in business with capital markets firms owned by, or focused on employing, minority executives, women and disabled veterans.
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