AFR highlights Sir Michael Hintze’s approach to ESG investing

Reporting on the shift towards environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, The Australian Financial Review (AFR) highlights Sir Michael Hintze’s approach and CQS’s decision to sign on to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) under his leadership:

“ESG investing makes good sense, not least because money is following it. The ESG ranking will affect the price-earnings ratio and it will also affect the credit spread. There’s no question about that,” [Sir Michael] says.

“ESG is also client-driven. Activism has been very effective, clients have embraced it… If we’re not looking at ESG we’re missing a trick.”

CQS has signed up to the UN PRI, and has systematised the way it considers ESG factors in its investment decisions. Hintze's strategies seek to find value where the standard ESG indicators or ratings might be lagging.

Read more: “How the ESG debate in Europe is a world away from Australia” – Australian Financial Review