The Alphinity Sustainable Share Fund provides a diversified portfolio of Australian stocks listed on the ASX that have strong Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) characteristics and, where possible, contribute towards the advancement of at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Society faces significant challenges to achieve sustainable development. Alphinity aims, through this specialised fund, to play a role in helping to address these challenges. Alphinity is committed to supporting companies we believe contribute to long-term sustainability and avoiding those we believe do not. Alphinity believes engagement can encourage companies to improve practices and contribute to sustainable development.
Alphinity seeks companies that, along with offering attractive financial returns, have strong ESG practices and have the capacity to contribute towards the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals agenda, as that agenda evolves.
Alphinity avoids companies that are involved in activities we consider harmful to society and/or display poor practices in their management of ESG issues. The Fund has a public Charter which sets out core beliefs and a negative screen eliminates companies that generate more than 10% of revenues (cumulative) from activities considered incompatible with the Charter, including:
- High impact fuels such as thermal coal, uranium, oil sands, Arctic drilling and coal seam gas fracking
- Gold mining
- Animal mistreatment
- Addictions such as gambling, alcohol and tobacco
- Armaments manufacturers
- Old growth forest logging and users of non-RSPO palm oil
- Predatory lending and hostile debt collection
An important feature of the Fund is the Sustainable Share Fund Compliance Committee. The Compliance Committee consists of two highly-qualified independent sustainability experts and the two co-Portfolio Managers of the Fund. The Committee has a number of roles including ensuring the Fund complies with the Charter, helping to identify areas of company engagement and reviewing the external service providers who provide ESG data.
Once the universe has been defined using the above steps, the Fund applies Alphinity's investment philosophy and process that seeks quality, undervalued companies in or about to enter an earnings upgrade cycle, using its process combining Fundamental and Quantitative research.
The result is a balanced portfolio of 35-55 companies with attractive investment fundamentals and prospects. Alphinity does not identify with any particular investment style as our approach has proven successful through a number of different market cycles, although the Alphinity process may have a slight bias towards growth.