Matthews Asia ESG Strategy
The Matthews Asia ESG strategy seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing in Asian companies that we believe are well governed and make human or business activity less destructive to the environment, as well as businesses that promote positive social and economic developments. The strategy also seeks to invest in companies that proactively manage the long-term risks associated with these challenges.
The Matthews Asia ESG strategy defines ESG integration as taking an “investment-first” approach to building an ESG portfolio. This means that companies must first be identified as sound long-term investments before we start to look at their ESG record.
The Matthews Asia ESG strategy takes a non-exclusionary approach to investing and seeks to invest in companies that improve quality of life over the long-term. This includes companies that operate with low environmental footprint, or strong labor practices and/or offer services and products that reduce environmental impact, promote inclusion, enhance health, and provide societal benefits while offering solutions within the context of the sectors and countries they operate in. A natural result of this approach is that there are sectors and industries that we are far less likely to invest in, such as oil, tobacco, defense, gambling and alcohol. However, we will consider companies that we believe are truly transformative and act as leaders of change.