AXA IM Sustainable Equity Strategy

Why does sustainable investing matter?

Sustainable strategies are those where investment decisions are guided by ESG themes. They aim to promote environmental sustainability and minimise the negative impact of issues such as climate change, while also delivering financial returns.

Companies are having to adapt to their customers’ higher expectations around sustainable practices, which is backed by governmental and regulatory support to incorporate sustainability measures into company information. In addition, industry research and analysis are increasingly suggesting that incorporating ESG factors into investment processes can identify risks while potentially generating excess returns.

Our Sustainable Equity Strategy

The AXA IM Sustainable Equity strategy is an actively managed global equity strategy following a factor-based investment approach with a focus on the Low Volatility and the High Quality factors – while actively investing in a sustainable way.

It comprises actively managed large-cap equities with a specific focus on climate change and/or robust companies’ ESG profiles. This is achieved through our responsible investment filter, proprietary ESG analysis and active engagement and voting.

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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