We apply the screen/s to determine the investable universe and we then seek to ensure that we integrate ESG into the investment decision making process. At all times, we seek to identify, understand and where necessary manage ESG investment risks. This is an ongoing iterative process.
In our investment process ESG integration serves two key functions - firstly, it acts as a risk mitigant and secondly, as a means by which we can assess the quality of the companies / assets (and management teams) that we are investing in.
For our sustainable portfolios, we apply the negative screens and we then seek to positively screen in better ESG performers.
- International portfolios, this is achieved using a quant process whereby we seek to optimise the ESG score of the entire portfolio within sector constraints, with minimum ESG score criteria (at a company level). This is followed by a qualitative overlay seeking to ensure that no companies that may appear anomalous to the objectives of the sustainable options are included.
- domestic portfolio, an active portfolio construction process is used - due to the size of the investable universe (following exclusions) and greater knowledge of underlying stocks