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May 2020

New ESG Country Rating for Sovereign Bonds

  • Data and methodology update
  • 181 countries rated
  • Over 100 data points taken into account
  • Integration of innovative forward-looking key risks
Giving consideration to sustainability criteria is a key component of Bank J. Safra Sarasin's investment strategy. Our ESG analysis is not only limited to companies, but also includes countries and their sovereign bonds. The mid-term performance and competitiveness of countries and their long-term solvency depend, among other things, on how they use natural resources and the structure of their political and social framework. As a pioneer in sustainable investment, Bank J. Safra Sarasin already produced one of the very first sustainability ratings for countries back in 2002 and integrated them into its investment strategy. Since then, the rating has been continuously updated and developed further. This Spotlight explains in detail the rating, as well as the latest methodology update and the 2020 results.

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