Altius Sustainable Bond Fund

Product Name

Altius Sustainable Bond Fund

Issuer

Altius Asset Management

Category

Investment product

Type

Fund/Trust

Target

Retail, Wholesale

Certified Since

2015

Certification Symbol

SRI

Asset Classes

Fixed income

Markets

Australia

Investment Approaches

Norms-based screening, Negative Screening

It Includes

  • Riaa icons 11 More sustainable companies

It Excludes

  • Riaa icons 33 Fossil fuels
  • Riaa icons 35 Tobacco
  • Riaa icons 50 Nuclear energy (including uranium)
  • Riaa icons 52 Human rights violations
  • Riaa icons 38 Labour rights violations
  • Riaa icons 56 Animal cruelty
  • Riaa icons 36 Armaments
  • Riaa icons 41 Alcohol
  • Riaa icons 42 Gambling
  • Riaa icons 55 Pornography

Overview

The Altius Sustainable Bond Fund is a diversified portfolio of fixed interest securities designed to align with investors’ specific personal and social values without compromising returns over the long term. All well-diversified portfolios should have an allocation to bonds but investors looking for responsible investment choices in fixed income have had few options available to them. As the market demand for sustainable equity funds increases, we believe that in time investors will exercise a similar degree of scrutiny before buying bonds in corporations or governments engaging in unsustainable activities


Description


The Fund is an “active and diversified” fixed income fund which aims to optimise returns for investors in all market conditions.

Altius’ investment strategy applies a high conviction approach and seeks opportunities to take advantage of the mispricing of bonds at all stages of the economic cycle.

In addition to satisfying Altius’ comprehensive fixed income investment process, securities considered for the fund must satisfy criteria documented in a Sustainability Policy maintained by the Altius Sustainability Advisory Committee. The Sustainability Policy contains principles which form the basis of a ‘sustainability screen’ that determines an investment universe of security issuers. The Committee has appointed an independent external research provider to monitor and rank eligible security issuers.  Securities that are deemed high risk are removed from the investment universe. The screen addresses issues such as violations to labour rights and environmental laws as well as material revenue from sectors such as tobacco, armaments and the production and sale of thermal coal. 

In the case of non-corporate fixed interest assets, Altius excludes non-cooperative countries or territories to the Financial Action Task Force – for involvement in anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing.