Responsible investing

Churchill is committed to investing responsibly and supporting sustainable development. We believe that environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors contribute to the long-term performance of companies and are important to well-functioning securities markets. Our commitment to responsible investment is reflected in our integration of ESG factors across the investment lifecycle.

From our CEO

We want to provide transparency on our corporate sustainability practices and the advancements we have made integrating ESG risk and opportunity assessments across our portfolio.”

- Ken Kencel, President & CEO, Churchill

Churchill 2022 Sustainability Report

While sustainability & ESG integration have been a focus at Churchill since the initial implementation of Churchill’s ESG checklist in 2017, the firm developed its inaugural sustainability report to provide transparency on its responsible investing best practices and approach to corporate sustainability.

The Churchill footprint

Churchill’s commitment in transitioning to a low carbon economy goes beyond our portfolio investments. In 2022, we began the process to measure our firm-level emissions in order to understand how we can reduce our own operational carbon footprint alongside our portfolio investments.

Cover direct emissions from sources owned and controlled by the company, such as heating units in our office buildings.

ESG integration at Churchill

We believe that the inclusion of ESG principles in our investment and decision-making processes ultimately makes us better investors, both by helping to reduce risk and create value.

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Screening of prospective investments in accordance with the Exclusions List is one of the initial ways through which we have integrated ESG into our investment cycle.
We evaluate ESG-related risks that have the potential to damage a company’s operations and reputation, and leverage our proprietary rating tool to perform a thorough analysis of operating history to minimize defaults and losses in our portfolio prior to investment.
Each portfolio company is given an E, S and G score, as well as a total score, that determines if a company is a leader, laggard or neutral relative to its peers. This rating is included in the final investment committee memo for all transactions.
During the course of an investment’s life Churchill will engage with Sponsors to drive change at portfolio companies and in the broader market to mitigate corporate risks and bolster company value.
Our investment teams conduct frequent reviews with management teams and investment partners to discuss any problems, legal claims, complaints or environmental issues.
Churchill provides ESG reporting on a fund-by-fund and pre-negotiated basis.

Industry initiatives

Churchill’s parent company, Nuveen (the asset manager of TIAA), has been a leader in responsible investing for five decades. Nuveen’s pioneering effort to practice responsible investing dates back to the 1970s and the firm was one of the first institutional investors to engage in dialogue with companies and investors on ESG.

*Nuveen's responsible investing team activities (which is inclusive of TIAA's responsible investing team) began responsible investing initiatives in 1978 while they were under TIAA.

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Principles for Responsible Investment

Churchill partnered with the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (“PRI”) and other PRI signatories to develop the Private Credit—Private Equity ESG Factor Map to streamline the ESG information shared during the investment process.

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ESG Integrated Disclosure Project

Churchill joined the executive committee for the ESG Integrated Disclosure Project (“ESG IDP”), an industry initiative bringing together leading lenders in private credit to improve ESG data transparency.

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Private Debt Investor

Churchill and Nuveen participated in the 2022 Private Debt Investor ESG Report sharing their approach to ESG in private debt.

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Alignment with the SDGs

We assess all investments for alignment with one or more of the sustainable development themes covered by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using a proprietary SDG framework.

Source: United Nations SDGs

Important information on risk

Responsible investing incorporates Environmental Social Governance (ESG) factors that may affect exposure to issuers, sectors, industries, limiting the type and number of investment opportunities available, which could result in excluding investments that perform well.

ESG integration is the consideration of financially material ESG factors within the investment decision making process. Financial materiality and applicability of ESG factors varies by asset class and investment strategy. ESG factors may be among many factors considered in evaluating an investment decision, and unless otherwise stated in the relevant offering memorandum or prospectus, do not alter the investment guidelines, strategy, or objectives. Select investment strategies do not integrate such ESG factors in the  investment decision making process.

No strategy can eliminate or anticipate all market risks, and losses can occur.


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