AXA IM Sustainable Equity Strategy

Why does sustainable investing matter?

Sustainable investing is a way of making investment decisions which aim to deliver financial returns and a benefit to society at the same time. It directs investment to companies that seek to promote corporate responsibility while seeking to fight against climate change and environmental destruction.

While Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing is not a new concept, it contains economic information, which defines a company’s profile. Having measurable, reportable and trackable results of companies helps asset managers address these global challenges and define appropriate sustainable investing strategies. It offers investors seeking ESG orientation in their portfolios a transparent way to improve risk and return.

Our Sustainable Equity Strategy

The AXA IM Sustainable Equity strategy is an actively managed global equity strategy designed to provide sustainable outcomes for the investors. It does so by systematically adding stocks with superior earning quality and less volatility, while also fully integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) insights into the selection of investments.

The result is a sustainable portfolio that seeks to capture the long-term growth associated with equities but with less risk and superior ESG credentials relative to the benchmark, MSCI ACWI ex-Australia.

Role in a portfolio

  • Core element of a global equity allocation
  • Specific exposure to quality, low-volatility factors
  • Entry point to diversified ESG exposure
  • Diversifier across geographies and market cap

Strategy highlights

  • Expenses capped at 35bps
  • Focused on companies that deliver sustainable earnings, to create a defensive portfolio
  • ESG Integration to mitigate risks and potentially improve long term returns

Research ratings

Qualitative Ratings

As at March 2022 As at 24 November 2021

For investors aiming for more sustainable outcomes through ESG integration


What are the risks associated with this strategy

Company specific risk: There may be instances where a company will fall in price (or rise in price) because of company specific factors (for example, where a company’s major product is subject to a product recall).

Highly volatile markets: The prices of financial instruments in which the strategy may be invested can be highly volatile.

Market risk: Changes in legal and economic policy, political events, technology failure, economic cycles, investor sentiment and social climate can all directly or indirectly create an environment that may influence (negatively or positively) the value of your investment in the strategy. In addition, a downward move in the general level of the financial markets can have a negative influence on the strategy.

Please note all investments carry risks. Including but not limited to systematic investing risk, emerging markets risks, investment selection risk, currency management risk, fund risk, parent company discretion risk, depositary receipts risk, liquidity risk, operations risk, legal risk and borrowing risk. For additional information, please read the product disclosure statement.

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