Royal London Sustainable Leaders Trust Class C Acc
Rated Fund 2017-2018. Looks for the best in the sustainable universe
Royal London has an impressive sustainable investment team led by Mike Fox, who has managed this fund since 2003. After companies have been screened for environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, he looks primarily for those he believes display better long-term prospects for growth than the broader stock market.
Companies within the portfolio tend to be leaders in their field, with good managements and strong business franchises. It is a 'best ideas' fund so it is relatively concentrated, with typically 40 to 50 holdings. The top 10 holdings usually make up about 40 per cent of the portfolio.
In pursuit of sustainable returns, the fund will avoid investing in certain companies. For example, it will not invest in any company that manufactures armaments, produces or sells torture equipment, manufactures tobacco, generates nuclear power or has unacceptable corporate governance. The screening of securities is conducted by Royal London Asset Management's responsible investment team.
In addition to the negative screen criteria, they also apply a positive screen. The positive screen assesses whether a company, through its products and services, provides a net benefit to society and/or whether it is a sector leader in terms of its ESG management. Sectors considered more favourably include healthcare and technology, whereas areas such as commodities are generally avoided. There is also a focus on long-term themes and trends, such as infrastructure and changing demographics.
Fox emphasises that there is a full integration of financial as well as ESG considerations throughout the investment process. His approach is valuation-driven, aimed at identifying mispriced opportunities and holding them for three to five years.
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Mike is investment manager of the CIS Sustainable Leaders Trust and has been doing this job since November 2003. Mike selects, from the list of companies meeting the criteria of the Trust, the companies most likely to provide strong investment performance.
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