Copyright© 2021 Emso Asset Management Limited

ESG

Emso has actively engaged with ESG since 2014, when it adopted its first formal ESG policy.

Emso is dedicated to conducting its business in accordance with optimal ethical and professional standards. As part of this aim, we recognize the important of environment, social, and governance (“ESG”) issues in both our portfolios and our management company.

Investment

A PRI signatory since 2015, Emso has developed compelling methodologies for incorporating ESG into its investment process

  • Liquid Fund ESG

    The Emso investment process includes an in-depth assessment of a wide range of factors, including a wide range of ESG considerations, that could influence an investment’s current or future value, risks, and impact on stakeholders associated with the investment. The specific ESG factors reviewed may vary based on the country, deal, industry, and investment structure under review.

  • Private Credit ESG

    The Emso Private Credit Team’s ESG investment process provides a framework for the identification and management of ESG risks and opportunities throughout the private credit investment cycle. The Team works with partner companies during each stage of the investment cycle to meet applicable ESG requirements, identify value add opportunities, and to monitor and manage ESG-related risks.

  • ESG challenges

    Emso believes that the “mainstreaming” of ESG is a critical development in the asset management industry, and supports industry-, investor- and regulator-lead initiatives. While the market contends with certain challenges, such as appropriate portfolio carbon footprinting methodologies, timeliness and accuracy of issuer disclosure, and the treatment of short-selling in an ESG context, Emso will continue to strive to be a thought leader amongst emerging market managers/investors.

Company

Emso is equally committed to the implementation of ESG principles at the management company level

  • 01

    A carbon neutral company

    Emso has measured its global carbon footprint for 2019 and offset 641 tonnes of carbon dioxide, through support for a solar cooker project in a rural area of Zhangye, Gansu province in northwestern China. As such, Emso has received certification as Carbon Neutral Company under the Carbon Footprint Standard. The firm is in the process of updating the carbon analysis and offset for 2020.

  • 02

    Diversity and Inclusion

    Emso recognizes the importance of maintaining a diverse workforce in an inclusive working environment. Emso strives for fairness in hiring, actively seek out diverse candidates, and regularly provides staff with training on anti-discrimination and anti-harassment.

  • 03

    Engagement

    Emso actively participates on various industry ESG/RI working groups, including the AIMA Global Responsible Investment Steering Committee, the AIMA ESG working group, and the Managed Funds Association (MFA) ESG working group. Emso is also often asked to speak on industry panels which address topics related to the integration of ESG in portfolio management, ESG regulation, and/or management company ESG matters, like diversity and inclusion. Additionally, we strive to encourage as many industry stakeholders as possible, including our service providers and vendors, to adopt more sustainable business practices, and we have incorporated an ESG analysis as part of our standard due diligence process.

Emso ESG Documents

Giving

A company-wide commitment on philanthropy

Emso feels strongly that it is important to engage charitably in those geographies where we are so engaged professionally. For many years, we have supported organizations which promote education, conservation, and public health initiatives in emerging market countries.

Emso launched its employee charitable matching program in 2020, and through that program, the firm is supporting charities that matter most to its employees, both globally and locally, including Rainbows4Children, City Harvest, Trussell Trust, Cancer Research UK, and TETEA, among many others.

Focus on charities

Emso is proud to support The HALO Trust, Tusk, EMPower, and Re:Act. We feel that these organizations perform essential work in the communities where they operate, and we are proud to lend them our support.

The HALO Trust

The HALO Trust helps countries recover after conflict by clearing the landmines and other debris of war left behind and promoting responsible arms control. HALO works in partnership with the communities it serves, training and employing local men and women to make their countries safe; providing secure jobs where opportunities are often scarce.

Once the landmines are gone, families can return home, minefields can become fields of crops and vital infrastructure can be repaired. HALO currently works in 26 countries and states across the world including Afghanistan, Libya, Angola and Cambodia; protecting lives and working together to build more resilient and prosperous communities.

Tusk

Since its founding in 1990, Tusk has supported forward-thinking and successful conservation intervention in Africa. Tusk believes that strategic conservation can empower local communities and improve livelihoods. The organization supports and promotes effective environmental education designed to provide a more sustainable future for the next generation.

Through its partnerships, Tusk continues to witness very significant progress, providing greater protection for over 70 million hectares of land and more than 40 different threatened species, while benefiting more than 7,500,000 people.

EMpower

EMpower supports and works closely with local, dedicated organizations in emerging market countries, focused on solutions that integrate the voices and experiences of marginalized young people. EMpower believes that marginalized young often people lack resources, meaningful choices, and opportunities. Their perspectives are seldom sought or their voices heard. Race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, migration status, ability, and other factors can deepen their exclusion. Local organizations that work with marginalized young people -- and have the knowledge and solutions needed to break cycles of disadvantage – also are under-funded.

EMpower works closely with grantee partners to provide support beyond financial assistance. This support is typically in areas such as girl-focused and/or gender equitable programing, monitoring and evaluation, fundraising, governance, and child and youth safeguarding.

Emso has been an underwriter of EMpower since 2018 and is represented on the EMpower UK board of directors.

Re:Act

Re:Act is a disaster response charity that provides direct humanitarian action when it’s most needed, protecting the vulnerable and supporting critical infrastructure and frontline services. Re:Act repurposes the hard-earned skills and experience of military veterans and turns them exceptionally agile and resilient humanitarians, capable of rapidly deploying when people need immediate and urgent relief. Its teams have been deployed to help in the response to international disasters as well as locally in the United Kingdom, including throughout the Covid-19 pandemic response.