CT Global Social Bond Fund

A fund built to make a positive impact. Both socially and financially.

Launched on 28 June 2023, the CT Global Social Bond Fund complements our existing UK and European strategies, providing investors with a wider choice of geographical remit for their social bond exposure.

As with the existing strategies, bond investments are only included in the CT Global Social Bond Fund if we are confident in their likelihood to deliver both a financial return and a positive social impact.

What makes this fund different?

  • A dual objective of providing both a financial return in line with the benchmark and a positive social impact
  • Uses the power of the bond market to target positive social outcomes in a growing global universe
  • A Social Advisory Panel in partnership with The Good Economy and Steward Redqueen to review, advise and monitor the fund’s social impact
  • A proprietary social assessment methodology to guide investment decisions on each and every bond we invest in

Tammie Tang introduces the fund

Why choose Columbia Threadneedle Investments?

We are a pioneer in impact investing and remain a leading advocate in the development of the fast-moving green, sustainability and social bond markets. We launched the UK’s first mainstream, daily liquid social bond strategy in 2013, followed by a European social bond strategy to meet evolving client demand.
Investing responsibly is not a new idea for us. We were one of the earliest adopters of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment and launched Europe’s first ethically screened equity fund in 1984. We’ve been at the forefront of active ownership – engaging with companies for over three decades, helping shape industry policies and standards.
It comes from a belief that applying responsible investment principles can reduce risk and enhance outcomes over the long term. It’s an ethos that continually pushes us forward to drive change through a more responsible investment approach – for us, our clients, and the wider world.

More about the fund

Bonds have the multiple advantages of scale, scope and ‘targeted’ ability to support highly social positive outcomes and impacts, while they are tradable and offer liquidity.

We actively allocate capital globally to support or fund socially beneficial activities and development, using a broad universe of bonds issued by corporates, government agencies, regional and local government bodies, mutuals and charities. Bond issuers include social policy leaders that use public bond markets to finance large scale social solutions.

Hear more from Tammie

In a recent webinar Lead Manager Tammie Tang explained the team’s investing methodology, the principles of utilising ‘specific use of proceeds’ bonds to create positive social outcomes and how the team works with independent social partners to review, advise and monitor the fund’s social impact. Watch the replay to find out more.

Meet the team

Tammie Tang
Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income
Andrew Dewar
Portfolio Manager, Investment Grade Credit
Letty Byatt
Social Impact Analyst
Andrew Brown
Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income
Our highly experienced specialist social bond management team are supported by a large team of credit analysts, our 45 strong Responsible Investment team and our Social Advisory Panel.
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Our approach and process

We identify bond issuers that seek to make a positive social impact from seven key social development fields to form a broad global-based social universe of c6,800 bonds. We target the most beneficial projects in the areas of most need, with geography being a key driver. These outcomes are then mapped to the underlying 169 targets of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Our Investment Grade credit analysts evaluate issuers using our established credit research process to ensure investment ideas meet the necessary financial, governance and liquidity requirements for inclusion in the portfolio. Particular attention is paid to managing liquidity and a proportion of the fund will be in highly liquid but lower yielding investments. A bond will not be included if it fails the financial analysis.

We then use our proprietary bottom-up social assessment process (see diagram below) to provide a social impact score to categorise and rate each and every bond’s eligibility, which is led by the Social Bond investment team but also reviewed by our social partner, The Good Economy. The first step assigns an impact category of either A, B or C, the second step assigns a social intensity score from 0 to 31 (which is sorted into quartiles). Overall, the process generates a discrete social score (A1 to C4), which is used to compare bonds meeting different social needs and monitors the degree of the portfolio’s social intensity over time.

Social Rating Methodology

Social rating methodology graphic

We are proactive with corporates and governments in the fast-moving growth of the social bond market. We also actively engage with company management on material ESG concerns, evaluating issuers’ responses to past or present controversies to ensure appropriate action is taken.

You can download the fund’s social investment guidelines from “Key documents” below.

Full fund details

Visit the fund page for key facts, prices, fund codes, fees and charges, portfolio holdings, monthly commentaries, all the key regulatory documents, plus performance information once available.

Insights

9 July 2024

Laura Reardon

Client Portfolio Manager, Emerging Market Debt

Dispelling the myths around emerging market debt

Emerging markets today bear little resemblance to those rocked by financial crises in the 1980s and 1990s, with the asset class diversified across geography, investment grade, high yield, sovereigns and corporates
Read time - 3 min
9 July 2024

Fixed Income Desk

In Credit - Weekly Snapshot

In Credit Weekly Snapshot – July 2024

Our fixed income team provide their weekly snapshot of market events.
Read time - 5 min
8 July 2024

Christopher Hult

Portfolio Manager, Fixed income

Paul Smillie

Senior Credit Analyst, Investment Grade

EMEA Investment grade outlook, H2 2024

Inflation is finally coming down, central banks are poised to cut rates, and credit spreads have withstood volatility in government bonds. So where do we see things going from here?
Read time - 1 min

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Key risks

The value of investments and any income derived from them can go down as well as up as a result of market or currency movements and investors may not get back the original amount invested.
The Fund aims to invest in assets that are deemed to be supporting and funding socially beneficial activities and development and utilises a Social Assessment Methodology. This will affect the Fund’s exposure to certain issuers, industries, sectors, and regions, and may impact the relative performance of the Fund positively or negatively, depending on whether such investments are in or out of favour. The concept of socially beneficial activities and development is subjective. It is therefore possible that an investment may not perform in a way that an investor considers to be a socially beneficial activity or development, even though it has been selected in accordance with the Social Assessment Methodology.
Where investments are in assets that are denominated in multiple currencies, or currencies other than your own, changes in exchange rates may affect the value of the investments. The fund invests in securities whose value would be significantly affected if the issuer refused, was unable to or was perceived to be unable to pay.
The fund holds assets which could prove difficult to sell. The fund may have to lower the selling price, sell other investments or forego more appealing investment opportunities.
Most bond and cash funds offer limited capital growth potential and an income that is not linked to inflation. Inflation is likely to affect the value of capital and income over time.
Changes in interest rates are likely to affect the fund’s value. In general, as interest rates rise, the price of a fixed rate bond will fall, and vice versa.
The investment policy of the fund allows it to invest in derivatives for the purposes of reducing risk or minimising the cost of transactions.
The Fund’s assets may sometimes be difficult to value objectively, and the actual value may not be recognised until assets are sold.
The fund may exhibit significant price volatility.
All the risks currently identified as being applicable to the fund are set out in the “Risk Factors” section of the Fund Prospectus which you can download under “Key documents”. Please read the Key Investor Information Document and the Fund Prospectus if considering investing.

Important information

Columbia Threadneedle Specialist Funds (UK) ICVC (“CTSF”) is an open-ended investment company structured as an umbrella company, incorporated in England and Wales, authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as a UK UCITS scheme. This material should not be considered as an offer, solicitation, advice or an investment recommendation. This communication is valid at the date of publication and may be subject to change without notice. Information from external sources is considered reliable but there is no guarantee as to its accuracy or completeness. The CTSF’s current Prospectus, the Key Investor Information Document (KIID)/Key Information Document (KID), latest annual or interim reports and the applicable terms & conditions are available from Columbia Threadneedle Investments at PO Box 10033, Chelmsford, Essex CM99 2AL, your financial adviser on our website www.columbiathreadneedle.com and/or in Switzerland from our Representative and Paying Agent in Switzerland, BNP Paribas, Paris, Zurich Branch Selnaustrasse 16, 8002 Zurich, Switzerland.

In the UK: Issued by Threadneedle Investment Services Limited. Registered in England and Wales, Registered No. 3701768, Cannon Place, 78 Cannon Street London EC4N 6AG, United Kingdom. Authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Columbia Threadneedle Investments is the global brand name of the Columbia and Threadneedle group of companies.