Country ESG Analysis and Integration in Sovereign Debt

Presented by

Max Schieler, Executive Director - Senior SI Country Analyst, RobecoSAM

About this talk

Probably more than any other crisis in recent history the outbreak and rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic has cast a glaring light on the intricate interdependencies and weaknesses between natural, human, social, political and economic systems in today’s globalized world. But already before public attention was grabbed by the health risks of a highly infectious disease, the global risk landscape has increasingly become dominated by ESG issues with environmental concerns like climate change taking center stage. COVID-19 also comes as an abrupt reminder that in today’s closely interlinked world, a decent analysis of ESG factors is imperative for a comprehensive assessment of a country’s underlying vulnerability and resilience. The swift and damaging toll of the pandemic has demonstrated the value of favorable health and living conditions for maintaining social, political, and economic stability within a country. It has also become obvious that good governance and well-functioning institutions play an important role in a country’s capacity to cope with such crisis, mitigate socio-political disturbance and reduce economic fallout. Hence, an extensive analysis of a country’s ESG characteristics is needed more than ever to allow investors to detect a country’s true risk-reward pattern. In this session we will cover: - Why it is important to consider ESG factors in country risk analysis - How a country’s ESG profile is linked with sovereign ratings, CDS spreads and SDGs - How a country’s ESG characteristics can be integrated into Fixed Income Participants will get an insight in Robeco/RobecoSAM’s approach for country ESG analysis, how it is being applied in practice and its integration into the investment process.
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