Bantleon was founded in 1991 with the commitment to capital preservation. Since then, our focus has always been on the social benefits of an investment and thus its durability in the economic evolution process.
The standard ESG process at Bantleon
1. Screening criteria
No investments are made in financial instruments issued by companies that are involved in the controversial arms trade. This includes the following:
- Manufacturers/distributors of anti-personnel mines (Ottawa Convention, 1997)
- Manufacturers/distributors of cluster munitions (Oslo Convention, 2008)
- Manufacturers/distributors of biological and chemical weapons
- Manufacturers/distributors of depleted uranium weapons
2. Value-based and norm-based criteria
The following criteria are taken into account with regard to corporate bonds and equities:
- Companies participating in the UN Global Compact are favoured
- Companies from countries that promote the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are favoured
3. Positive ESG identification
Databases supplied by leading ESG data providers, publicly accessible sources and internal analysis are used in the investment process to identify positive ESG characteristics. Potential investments’ ESG profiles are assessed on this basis with the aid of detailed information on the issuer and its conduct/attitude with respect to ESG factors. The ESG databases used employ a scoring system to rate each issuer on a scale that serves as an indicator of its ESG profile. The scale covers the entire spectrum of possible ESG profiles: poor, average and above-average. An issuer’s rating on this scale expresses its resilience to long-term, industry-relevant ESG risks. Ratings take account of both an issuer’s exposure to ESG risks and how well it manages these risks relative to comparable issuers. To ensure that sustainability risks are adequately considered, investments in issuers with an average or above-average ESG profile are favoured.