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Our Future Planet: CQS Night at the Science Museum

It was an honour to welcome 120+ guests at the Science Museum in London on Monday, 27 June 2022. As sponsors of the inspiring “Our Future Planet” exhibition, we want to raise awareness through education of the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - the most significant cause of climate change. CQS Senior Partners Sir Michael Hintze and Soraya Chabarek emphasised the importance of investigation and education in delivering meaningful progress on environmental protection. They then introduced as speakers three highly respected and well-known leaders in environmental sustainability: Lord Browne, Chairman of Beyond NetZero and former BP CEO; Faith Ward, Chair of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change and Chief Responsible Investment Officer for the Brunel Pension Partnership; and Robert Gardner, Director of Investments at St. James’s Place and founder of RedSTART.

CQS founder Sir Michael Hintze personally supports many educational and research organisations which work on a broad range of issues. He believes that in order to have a balanced and informed perspective, any complex topic is best understood with a 360 degree-view.

Environmental awareness, social responsibility and commitment to good governance is at the heart of CQS' culture, business ethics and shared company values.

Our Firm-wide commitment to responsible investing goes beyond integrating ESG factors into our business and investment practices, and includes promoting and nurturing a conscientious mind-set and a commitment by all employees to good global citizenship and stewardship.

Responsibility
Responsibility

CQS is committed to operating in a socially responsible manner, embedding strong and clear governance, and conducting our business in a sustainable way.

Driver
Driver

In its role as an investment manager, CQS views ESG factors as a key driver of financing costs, valuations and performance, while also being capable of acting as a lever to shape and influence the world for generations to come.

Investment
Investment

Through the embedding of ESG into our investment process we seek to enhance our ability to identify value, investment opportunities and, critically, to generate the best possible returns for our clients.

Assessment
Assessment

The integration and assessment of ESG factors is a crucial part of our commitment across the CQS investment platform, both in public and privately held companies, and a key factor in our decision-making.

Five Stages of Responsible Investment Integration
Incorporate

1
Incorporate

1
Incorporate

Third-party ESG metrics and data into CQS’ systems.

Evaluate

2
Integrate

2
Integrate

ESG factors with our sector research process.
Internal analysis and CQS developed proprietary and independent ESG ratings and trajectories.

Decide

3
Evaluate

3
Evaluate

Portfolio Managers consider ESG and credit analysis as part of investment decision making.

Engage

4
Engage

4
Engage

Influence and change corporate behaviour towards identified ESG risks and issues.
Targeted Engagement Programmes.

Monitor

5
Monitor

5
Monitor

Periodic research re-assessments.
A watching brief across news wires for developing ESG considerations.

1
Incorporate

Incorporation of third-party ESG metrics and data into CQS’ systems

2
Evaluate

Evaluation of ESG factors in our sector research process. Includes analysis to formalise company specific internal ESG ratings and their trajectory

3
Decide

Portfolio Managers consider research analysis as part of investment decision making.

4
Engage

Influence and change corporate behaviour towards identified ESG risks and issues. Targeted Engagement Programmes.

5
Monitor

Periodic research re-assessments. A watching brief across news wires for developing ESG considerations.

Our Responsible Investing Policies

Our Policy details the embedding of responsible investing into our investment process to enhance our ability to identify value, access investment opportunities and risk, while critically seeking to generate the best possible returns and outcomes for our clients.

Please Click Here for the latest version of the Responsible Investment Policy, and Click Here for our Engagement Policy.

A number of CQS Strategies have a dedicated Statement of Intent. Such Strategies go further in their commitment to Responsible Investing by outlining their own approach and minimum expectations. For more information, please contact your regular sales coverage or email CQSClientService@cqsm.com

Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

CQS is a signatory of the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative. In doing so, we will be part of the collective goal to engage and, through investment, achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner.

Managing the impact of the transition to a low-carbon economy is essential to deliver the returns and outcomes sought by our investors, as well as playing our part to deliver the goals of the Paris Agreement. Indeed, addressing decarbonisation is now critical to ensure we mitigate risk and deliver opportunities for our clients.

Click Here for the latest CQS Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Report.

During our journey to net zero, we are committed taking responsibility for our own emissions. We have partnered with Carbon Footprint to fully offset the Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions emitted across each of our offices and from staff business travel.

Signatory, Support & Industry Collaboration

In our first year of reporting for the Principles for Responsible Investment, we are pleased to confirm CQS scored an A for the Strategy & Governance of our overall process, and across each of the three direct fixed income modules, we scored a B.

Click Here For our 2020 Transparency and Assessment Reports.

CQS is a member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), the voice of investors taking action for a prosperous, low carbon future.  IIGCC has more than 350 members, mainly pension funds and asset managers, across 23 countries, with over €51 trillion in assets under management.

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CQS is a signatory of the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative, committing to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner.

CQS is a signatory to the UK Stewardship Code 2020 (the "Code"). Our Stewardship and Shareholders' Rights Report sets out how we have complied with the Code and have applied its principles in the context of our global credit investing.

Click Here for our Stewardship and Shareholders' Rights Report 2021

CQS is a public supporter of TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures), with climate disclosures a core component of our ESG Engagement Framework.

Click Here for the latest CQS Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Report.

CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) is a key collaboration amongst asset owners and asset managers in the drive for greater transparency on Climate Change, Forestry & Water Stress.

As a participant of Climate Action 100+, CQS actively supports engagement with some of the largest carbon emitters globally, as we collectively seek strong accountability & oversight for climate risk, action on GHG emissions and proper company disclosure.