Perpetual Ethical SRI Credit Fund

Product Name

Perpetual Ethical SRI Credit Fund

Issuer

Perpetual

Category

Investment

Type

Fund or Trust

Target

Retail, Wholesale

Certified Since

2018

Asset Classes

Fixed income

Markets

New Zealand, Australia

Investment Approaches

Negative Screening, ESG Integration

It Includes:

    It has some level of screening for:

    • Riaa icons 41 Alcohol
    • Riaa icons 56 Animal cruelty
    • Riaa icons 36 Armaments
    • Riaa icons 33 Fossil fuels
    • Riaa icons 42 Gambling
    • Riaa icons 45 Genetic engineering
    • Riaa icons 52 Human rights abuses
    • Riaa icons 38 Labour rights violations
    • Riaa icons 50 Nuclear power
    • Riaa icons 99 Pornography
    • Riaa icons 35 Tobacco

    It fully excludes:

      Overview

      The Perpetual Ethical SRI Credit Fund aims to provide regular income and consistent returns above the Bloomberg AusBond Bank Bill Index (before fees and taxes) over rolling three-year periods by investing in a diverse range of income generating, ethical and socially responsible assets.


      Description


      Perpetual utilises a strategy for screening ethical and socially responsible investments.

      The following two screening processes ensures the product remains ‘true to label’ (Ethical/SRI):
       
      1.     An ethical screening process applies to the product to ensure that only issuers meeting certain ethical criteria can be held in the portfolio; and
      2.     An SRI screening process applies to the product to ensure that only issuers meeting certain SRI/ESG criteria can be held in the portfolio.
       
      Issuers pass must pass both these screening processes to be considered for investment. 

      ESG integration processes are also applied to the management of the fund. This is part of our commitment to ensure our products are managed responsibly. More information can be found in our public Responsible Investment Policy which can be found at https://www.perpetual.com.au/investments/institutional-investors/responsible-investing/

      1. Ethical Screening Process
      Our ethical criteria include avoiding investment in issuers that derive a material proportion of their revenue (5% or more) in total from the following activities:
      • the manufacture or sale of alcohol
      • the operation of gambling facilities or the manufacture of gambling equipment
      • the manufacture or sale of tobacco*
      • uranium and nuclear
      • military armaments*
      • fossil fuels (upstream)
      • genetic engineering
      • pornography
      • animal cruelty (cosmetic testing)
      *For involvement in highly controversial activities (production of tobacco, tobacco-based products and the development and production of controversial weapons) a 0% revenue threshold is applied. 

      Such issuers fail this screening process and are therefore excluded from the product’s investment universe. The remaining issuers are then subject to the SRI screening process. 
       
      2. SRI Screening Process
      Our SRI criteria are based on a company assessment on a range of ESG/SRI issues.
       
      Issuers are scored in relation to a number of criteria, including the environment, labour standards, human rights, supply chain, corporate misconduct, community commitment and ethics. Negative behaviour attracts negative scores while positive behaviour attracts positive scores.
       
      All scores are then totalled. Issuers with negative total scores fail this screening process and are therefore excluded from the product’s investment universe. The remaining issuers become allowable investments.

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      Perpetual Wholesale Ethical SRI Fund

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