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Fixed income carbon transition

Investing in the transition to Net Zero could help reduce climate-related risks and enhance long-term returns

Seizing the opportunity for a sustainable world and financial return

The move to Net Zero presents new risks and opportunities for investors. Our years of experience and depth of knowledge mean we are able to offer clients a pragmatic approach to sustainable investing to help you achieve your traditional financial and also sustainable objectives .


Climate Action Report

Our Climate Action Report has more information about the risks to investors from climate change.

Read the report

Hear more about why we believe Net Zero is an opportunity for investors

Combining our expertise in fixed income and sustainability

AXA Investment Managers is a world leader in fixed income investing. Our global team of analysts and portfolio managers across the fixed income spectrum provide ‘on the ground’ insights that help to build portfolios that aim to achieve investors' financial and non-financial objectives.

We started our first responsible investing mandate twenty years ago and have been at the forefront of sustainable investing ever since. Our parent group AXA joined the Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance in 2019 and we are a founding member of the Net Zero Asset Management Initiative. 

These two areas of expertise come together in our Carbon Transition strategies. Our understanding of fixed income means we can make pragmatic and targeted decisions on reducing carbon exposure in portfolios that complement our financial objectives.


A surge in the volume and quality of data available around climate risks has made it possible for investors to gain effective insights into how their portfolios are positioned in relation to climate-related risks.

As well as looking for current low-carbon issuers, we also believe investors should look to the carbon pathway of assets to find best-in-class companies targeting decarbonisation.
We consider bonds based on their position on a path towards full Net Zero alignment.  

Our Net Zero Alignment Colours Framework


Source: AXA IM, March 2024. For illustrative purposes only.

We don’t automatically exclude bonds from issuers that are not yet aligned with net zero. We think investment and engagement is the best way to move the broader market towards Net Zero over time. 


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    Counterparty Risk: failure by any counterparty to a transaction (e.g. derivatives) with the Fund to meet its obligations may adversely affect the value of the Fund. The Fund may receive assets from the counterparty to protect against any such adverse effect but there is a risk that the value of such assets at the time of the failure would be insufficient to cover the loss to the Fund. 
    Derivatives: derivatives can be more volatile than the underlying asset and may result in greater fluctuations to the Fund's value. In the case of derivatives not traded on an exchange they may be subject to additional counterparty and liquidity risk. 

    Interest Rate Risk: fluctuations in interest rates will change the value of bonds, impacting the value of the Fund. Generally, when interest rates rise, the value of the bonds fall and vice versa. The valuation of bonds will also change according to market perceptions of future movements in interest rates. 

    Liquidity Risk: some investments may trade infrequently and in small volumes. As a result the Fund manager may not be able to sell at a preferred time or volume or at a price close to the last quoted valuation. The fund manager may be forced to sell a number of such investments as a result of a large redemption of shares in the Fund. Depending on market conditions, this could lead to a significant drop in the Fund's value and in extreme circumstances lead the Fund to be unable to meet its redemptions. 

    Credit Risk: the risk that an issuer of bonds will default on its obligations to pay income or repay capital, resulting in a decrease in Fund value. The value of a bond (and, subsequently, the Fund) is also affected by changes in market perceptions of the risk of future default. Investment grade issuers are regarded as less likely to default than issuers of high yield bonds.

    Carbon transition risk: Certain Funds implement a carbon transition criteria within their responsible investment approach, which may use, where stated in a Fund’s investment policy, criteria aimed at selecting issuers either with a low carbon emissions intensity or with a clear and credible commitment to reduce their carbon emissions intensity. As a result, their respective performance may be different from a fund implementing a similar investment strategy which does not apply a carbon transition criteria within their responsible investment approach. The selection of assets may in part rely on third party data provided at the time of investment that may evolve over time.

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    AXA ACT Carbon Transition Sterling Buy and Maintain Credit Fund and AXA ACT Carbon Transition Global Short Duration Bond Fund are sub-funds of the Irish-domiciled ICAV AXA IM World Access Vehicle, with registered address at 33 Sir John Rogerson’s Quai Dublin 2, and registered with the Central Bank of Ireland under number C154706. AXA ACT Carbon Transition Sterling Buy and Maintain Credit Fund and AXA ACT Carbon Transition Global Short Duration Bond Fund are collective asset-management vehicles under the European UCITS directive. They are managed by AXA Investment Managers Paris, a company incorporated under the laws of France, having its registered office located at Tour Majunga, 6 place de la Pyramide, 92800 Puteaux, registered with the Nanterre Trade and Companies Register under number 353 534 506, and a Portfolio Management Company, holder of AMF approval no. GP 92008, issued on 7 April 1992.

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    The value of investments, and the income from them, can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.