Cluster munitions screening: On an annual basis Jupiter’s Compliance department, acting on behalf of the Fund's management company, Jupiter Unit Trust Managers Limited, sources the "Red Flag List of Cluster Munitions Producers" published by PAX (formerly IKV PAX Christi) in their report "Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions: a Shared Responsibility". The report is sourced from the PAX website. Clients are notified of the current exclusion list on request. This exclusion is then applied via automated IT systems to prevent managers from investing in excluded issuers or bonds.
Separately, our approach to labelled green bonds within our thematic environmental fixed income strategy is worth comment. Green bonds rarely finance green projects, instead they finance corporations who in turn promise to invest in green projects. From an ‘impact’ perspective this subtle distinction is important and is why we have continued to tighten the criteria we apply to green bonds for investment as the market matures. Alongside our financial analysis we seek green bonds from organisations with robust environmental sustainability strategies which are directly linked into a green bond framework, providing a clear pathway to achieving those objectives through additional projects in future.