How Sustainable are European Equity Funds?

Large numbers of asset managers are incorporating environmental, social and governance considerations into their investment processes

Muna Abu-Habsa 19 January, 2017 | 10:00AM

It is commonly believed that sustainable investing is only about those who opt for investments that reflect their values. But times are changing; large numbers of asset managers are incorporating environmental, social and governance considerations into their investment processes. And this is not statement on values, it is because they find ESG evaluations can lead to more sustainable financial returns.

The sustainability ratings for Henderson funds have been above average

In a similar way, we believe investors should also be better informed on the ESG disciplines of the funds they are considering to buy, or indeed already own. Just over six months ago we launched the industry’s first sustainability rating for funds and ETFs, the Morningstar Sustainability Rating. The key purpose of the rating is to give investors a fresh perspective on how well the underlying companies in a fund are doing on sustainability relative to their peers.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Bayer AG62.13 EUR0.00
BGF European Focus A224.79 EUR1.43
British American Tobacco PLC3,142.50 GBP0.00
Fidelity European Growth A-Dis-EUR13.92 EUR1.84
Imperial Brands PLC1,512.00 GBP0.00
Intesa Sanpaolo1.46 EUR0.00
Invesco Pan European Eq Inc C EUR Acc13.79 EUR1.19
Lloyds Banking Group PLC28.12 GBP0.00
Novartis AG83.11 CHF0.00
Royal Dutch Shell PLC B1,241.40 GBP0.00
Sanofi SA87.67 EUR0.00

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Muna Abu-Habsa  is a senior investment research analyst at Morningstar

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