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Hugo Bygott

Hugo joined Responsible Investor in 2017 and oversees client relationships in Asia, developing business with global financial institutions. He has traveled extensively, having spent a lot of time in Asia and is a fluent Japanese speaker. From 2010-2016 he lived in Japan, spending two years studying his MA in International Relations, where he had the opportunity to work for the Japanese Government, serving under Kono Taro, the now Foreign Minister of Japan. He worked for the British Embassy in Tokyo and the Japan office of Oxford University Press, serving multiple roles in developing relationships with both the public and private sector. A Rotary Scholarship Alumni and one of the student winners of the 2011 Economist Tokyo Conference writing contest, he is an avid reader and writer, having published two novels and several short stories.
With sustainability high on investors’ agendas, many portfolio managers now rely on metrics such as Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) ratings to make investment decisions. A new report from Barclays Research offers data-driven evidence that ESG investing can yield positive returns in credit markets. The new study explores the relationship between ESG and credit portfolio performance in the US dollar and euro investment grade credit markets, as well as the USD high yield credit market. The study found that favouring bond issuers with high ESG ratings can generate positive returns across markets, geographies and sectors. Access the report on Barclays Investment Bank’s website
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