Affirmative Investment Management (AIM) are pleased to share the news that our proprietary SPECTRUM Bond® process has been named Best fixed income firm initiative for ESG investment process, in the inaugural Environmental Finance Sustainable Investment Awards 2019. The winners were decided by an independent panel of judges comprised of some of the world’s most eminent institutional investors and asset owners.
AIM was particularly proud to receive this accolade as recognition of our growing status in the marketplace and our focussed and unique approach to fixed income investing. We were the youngest company among this year’s winners, most of whom were much larger and more established asset managers. We believe this is a reflection of how, in a short space of time, AIM has proven itself as a key thought leader and active participant within the impact bond space.
Every investment undertaken by AIM is evaluated and confirmed by AIM’s in-house dedicated verification team as having a clear environmental and/or social impact. All investments have been positively identified, using the AIM SPECTRUM® criteria, to ensure transparency, good reporting, commitment to impact metrics and adherence to responsible investment principles—they must also be consistent with our mandate to support climate action and attainment of the sustainable development goals. ESG is not only core to our process but intrinsic in our objective to generate positive impact.
This award follows on from last year’s success, when the Lombard Odier Global Climate Bond Fund, managed by AIM, won the EF Green bond fund of the year category. It affirms AIM’s singular approach to investing, at a time when the asset management industry, more broadly, is recognising the urgency to mobilise more capital in a structured way to address global warming and to finance the UN Sustainable Development Goals.