Columbia Threadneedle’s new European bond fund will align with the 17 global goals. The fund will invest in corporate bonds focused on health, education and affordable housing.
More than 80 percent of global companies have sustainability initiatives, but only a quarter cite the SDGs as a motivator. Identifying explicit SDG alignment in the fund could therefore be difficult.
Columbia Threadneedle’s Simon Bond says 45 percent of the 4,000 European corporate bonds in the market are “social in nature.”
Columbia Threadneedle, the asset management group of Ameriprise Financial, earlier launched a U.K. Social Bond fund (2013) and a U.S. Social Bond fund (2015.)