Harbour Australasian Equity Fund

Product Name

Harbour Australasian Equity Fund

Issuer

Harbour Asset Management

Category

Investment

Type

Fund or Trust

Target

Retail, Wholesale, Institutional

Certified Since

2020

Asset Classes

New Zealand only equities

Markets

New Zealand

Investment Approaches

ESG Integration, Engagement and voting

It Includes:

    It has some level of screening for:

      It fully excludes:

      • Riaa icons 36 Armaments
      • Riaa icons 99 Pornography

      Overview

      Harbour uses quantitative screens in its investment process to rank investment opportunities. Harbour’s ESG score is included in all Harbour funds active quantitative screens. All other things being equal, a higher ESG score results in a better overall security ranking. Harbour is an active owner. Where conflicts arise with respect to company strategic direction, remuneration, or other material issues, Harbour will work with senior management, the Board of Directors, and other investors to find a satisfactory outcome for all stakeholders.


      Description


       As part of our active ownership process Harbour recognizes there are many factors that influence our analysis, and that environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations have grown in significance as potential value drivers. 

      We believe that ESG factors can be a useful barometer of the quality of a company; Companies who manage ESG issues well are generally more likely to create long term shareholder value, with a reduced risk profile, compared with those companies who do not. Consequently, Harbour has integrated ESG factors directly into portfolio analysis. ESG factors are assessed in conjunction with existing comprehensive financial analysis. Our primary ESG tool is our proprietary Corporate Behaviour Survey, which we augment with external ESG specialists and broker research. 

      Before consideration of companies in our integration approach, we have set a baseline standard of responsible behaviour based on business activity. Subsequently, the fund does not invest in companies that to our knowledge derive any revenue from: 

      • The manufacture of tobacco 
      • The manufacture or testing of nuclear explosive devices (NEDs) 
      • The manufacture or sale of cluster munitions 
      • The manufacture or sale of anti-personnel mines 
      • The manufacture or sale of recreational cannabis
      • The production of pornography 
      • The manufacture or sale of civilian automatic and semi-automatic firearms, magazines or parts 

      Other products certified by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA)

      Harbour Australasian Equity Focus Fund

      Harbour Sustainable NZ Shares Fund

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