On my Senate testimony

August 23, 2019 — In this Q&A, the Eaton Vance floating-rate loan team offers its perspective on today’s loan market.

By: Craig P. Russ; Andrew Sveen, CFA; Ralph Hinckley, CFA; Christopher Remington

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By John StreurPresident and CEO, Calvert Research and Management

Washington - Yesterday, I had the privilege of testifying before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on the subject of "The Application of Environmental, Social, and Governance Principles in Investing and the Role of Asset Managers, Proxy Advisors, and Other Intermediaries." The forum offered an opportunity to address how ESG investment strategies have evolved in recent years and to discuss public policy and regulatory matters relevant to our industry.

In my testimony, I discussed those topics, and outlined the business case for incorporating ESG considerations into the investment process. I also noted how corporate disclosure standards have evolved over time, and how when it comes to the issue of standardizing disclosures related to ESG risk factors, the United States could go further to ensure our capital markets continue to remain competitive relative to other developed economies around the globe. Finally, I provided insight into how Calvert conducts our structured engagement and how we use proxy advisory firms.

To read my testimony and view the hearing, click here.

Bottom line: I hope this opportunity to engage with policymakers further contributes to the public dialogue on how best to balance the ongoing competitiveness of U.S. capital markets, investment management firms and corporations with the need to ensure that our capitalist system achieves the most sustainable future possible.

The views expressed in these posts are those of the authors and are current only through the date stated. These views are subject to change at any time based upon market or other conditions, and Eaton Vance disclaims any responsibility to update such views. These views may not be relied upon as investment advice and, because investment decisions for Eaton Vance are based on many factors, may not be relied upon as an indication of trading intent on behalf of any Eaton Vance strategy. The discussion herein is general in nature and is provided for informational purposes only. There is no guarantee as to its accuracy or completeness.