Pathfinder Global Water Fund

Product Name

Pathfinder Global Water Fund


Pathfinder Asset Management




Fund or Trust



Certified Since


Asset Classes

International equities


New Zealand

Investment Approaches

ESG Integration, Negative Screening

It Includes:

  • Tree green background Sustainable land and agricultural management
  • Riaa icons 31 Sustainable water
  • Investment2 More sustainable companies

It has some level of screening for:

  • Riaa icons 33 Fossil fuels
  • Riaa icons 52 Human rights abuses

It fully excludes:

  • Riaa icons 41 Alcohol
  • Riaa icons 56 Animal cruelty
  • Riaa icons 36 Armaments
  • Riaa icons 42 Gambling
  • Riaa icons 45 Genetic engineering
  • Riaa icons 38 Labour rights violations
  • Riaa icons 50 Nuclear power
  • Riaa icons 99 Pornography
  • Riaa icons 35 Tobacco


Objectives: (1) invest in companies involved in the water industry that satisfy Pathfinder’s socially responsible investment screening and (2) achieve a medium to long-term return higher than the NASDAQ OMX Global Water Index, 50% hedged to NZ dollars. Water companies cover a wide range of activities, including water utilities, filtration, monitoring technology and the manufacture of pumps, pipes and irrigation equipment. The fund does not invest in bottled water.


Our Global Water Fund is an ethical equity fund intended to be a satellite global equity exposure for responsible investors.  
The fund directly invests in 50-100 listed water companies.  The ethical screening for stock selection has multiple layers:
 1 - several exclusion screens are applied including the NZ Super Fund exclusions list and additional revenue exclusions for gambling, tobacco, thermal coal, pornography, controversial armaments and bottled water.
 2 - stocks with high current operational "controversy" levels are excluded (i.e. significant current ESG issues based on news flow, lawsuits etc)
 3 - portfolio selection optimises the highest portfolio ESG score that will satisfy the Pathfinder Investment Committee targets for geographic spread and other portfolio factors (dividend, volatility, growth, company size etc). ESG is treated as an investable factor.
 Our stock selection process uses research and ratings from 2 sources:
 1 - ISS
 2 - in-house research (full-time specialist ESG analyst)
 Currency exposure in the Global Water Fund is partly hedged with a base target of 50%.

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