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CQS
"CQS is a special place. A place where people are intellectually stimulated and do exceptional things, and where agile minds work powerfully and nimbly together. I thrive on the 'battle of ideas' and love the business"
Sir Michael Hintze, Founder and CEO

CQS is a credit-focused multi-strategy asset manager founded by Sir Michael Hintze in 1999. Our deep experience allows us to offer solutions for investors across a range of return objectives and risk appetites. We are an active asset manager with expertise across the credit spectrum, including corporate credit, structured credit, asset backed securities, convertibles and loans. We are committed to delivering performance and high levels of service to our investors.

CQS has investment offices in London, New York and Hong Kong. 

To us investment is about finding value where it is hard to identify. Looking further and deeper permeates everything we do. We are very clear about our strengths and focused on our core capabilities, in which we have a proven track record.

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Our Commitment to Responsible Investing

Environmental awareness, social responsibility and commitment to good governance is at the heart of CQS' culture, business ethics and shared company values.

Our Firm-wide commitment to responsible investing goes beyond integrating ESG factors into our business and investment practices, and includes promoting and nurturing a conscientious mind-set and a commitment by all employees to good global citizenship and stewardship.

Responsibility
Responsibility

CQS is committed to operating in a socially responsible manner, embedding strong and clear governance, and conducting our business in a sustainable way.

Driver
Driver

In its role as an investment manager, CQS views ESG factors as a key driver of financing costs, valuations and performance, while also being capable of acting as a lever to shape and influence the world for generations to come.

Investment
Investment

Through the embedding of ESG into our investment process we seek to enhance our ability to identify value, investment opportunities and, critically, to generate the best possible returns for our clients.

Assessment
Assessment

The integration and assessment of ESG factors is a crucial part of our commitment across the CQS investment platform, both in public and privately held companies, and a key factor in our decision-making.

Five Stages of Responsible Investment Integration
Incorporate

1
Incorporate

1
Incorporate

Third-party ESG metrics and data into CQS’ systems.

Evaluate

2
Integrate

2
Integrate

ESG factors with our sector research process.
Internal analysis and CQS developed ESG ratings and trajectories.

Decide

3
Evaluate

3
Evaluate

Portfolio Managers consider ESG and credit analysis as part of investment decision making.

Engage

4
Engage

4
Engage

Influence and change corporate behaviour towards identified ESG risks and issues.
Targeted Engagement Programmes.

Monitor

5
Monitor

5
Monitor

Periodic research re-assessments.
A watching brief across news wires for developing ESG considerations.

1
Incorporate

Incorporation of third-party ESG metrics and data into CQS’ systems

2
Evaluate

Evaluation of ESG factors in our sector research process. Includes analysis to formalise company specific internal ESG ratings and their trajectory

3
Decide

Portfolio Managers consider research analysis as part of investment decision making.

4
Engage

Influence and change corporate behaviour towards identified ESG risks and issues. Targeted Engagement Programmes.

5
Monitor

Periodic research re-assessments. A watching brief across news wires for developing ESG considerations.

Our Responsible Investing Policies

Our Policy details the embedding of responsible investing into our investment process to enhance our ability to identify value, access investment opportunities and risk, while critically seeking to generate the best possible returns and outcomes for our clients.

Please Click Here for the latest version of the Responsible Investment Policy, and Click Here for our Engagement Policy.

A number of CQS Strategies have a dedicated Statement of Intent. Such Strategies go further in their commitment to Responsible Investing by outlining their own approach and minimum expectations. For more information, please contact your regular sales coverage or email CQSClientService@cqsm.com


Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

CQS has pledged to become a signatory to the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative. In doing so, we will be part of the collective goal to engage and through investment achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner.

Managing the impact of the transition to a low-carbon economy is essential to deliver the returns and outcomes sought by our investors, as well as playing our part to deliver the goals of the Paris Agreement. Indeed, addressing decarbonisation is now critical to ensure we mitigate risk and deliver opportunities for our clients.

Click Here for the latest CQS Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) Report

During our journey to net zero, we are committed taking responsibility for our own emissions. We have partnered with Carbon Footprint to fully offset the Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions emitted across each of our offices and from staff business travel.

Signatory, Support & Industry Collaboration
Principles for Responsible Investment

In our first year of reporting for the Principles for Responsible Investment, we are pleased to confirm CQS scored an A for the Strategy & Governance of our overall process, and across each of the three direct fixed income modules, we scored a B.

Click Here For our 2020 Transparency and Assessment Reports.

Climate Action 100+

As a participant of Climate Action 100+, CQS actively supports engagement with some of the largest carbon emitters globally, as we collectively seek strong accountability & oversight for climate risk, action on GHG emissions and proper company disclosure.

CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project)

CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) is a key collaboration amongst asset owners and asset managers in the drive for greater transparency on Climate Change, Forestry & Water Stress.

Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

CQS is a public supporter of TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures), with climate disclosures a core component of our ESG Engagement Framework.

Standards Board for Alternative Investments

We are pleased to have collaborated with SBAI (Standards Board for Alternative Investments) to produce the Review on Responsible Investment Regulatory Expectations.

Click here to read the SBAI Toolbox Memo.

Inclusion and Diversity

We are committed to building a resilient diversified business across mind-set, background and approach.
Cognitive diversity, i.e. diversity of thought has always been at the heart of our Firm.
At all levels we encourage candidates from a wide range of backgrounds.

Engagement in a Number of Initiatives

CQS is a founding partner of a new social network initiative on Diversity & Inclusion, ‘All of Us’, supports the “100 Black Interns” initiative and is one of the twenty founding partners of Kickstart Money, in association with MyBnk, with the aim of making basic financial literacy a statutory part of the primary school curriculum.

Corporate Social Responsibility

CQS strives to ensure best practice with regard to Corporate Social Responsibilities initiatives and seeks to be a responsible actor and to protect the quality of lives and livelihoods of those working for CQS and those impacted by our business, including in the local and wider communities.

CQS supports a range of charities and organisations which are important to us as a Firm, the asset management industry and the communities in which we operate. Over the last 12 months, these include:

Centrepoint
City Harvest
St Martin in the Fields
Kickstart Money
Harris Westminster
Institute of Economic Affairs