Lyxor adds ESG to sovereign debt

Lyxor Asset Management is to integrate ESG filters into its sovereign bond management business.

The strategy involves overweighting sovereign bonds with good ESG scores using MSCI ESG data and a country’s overall ESG score to assess its long-term economic sustainability. The company says that calculating the total ESG score of the sovereign bonds available to invest involves giving a weighting of 50% to governance, which leaves the societal and environmental factors with 25% each.