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Status under the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) - Balanced Fund

Janus Henderson Balanced Fund

A. Summary

The Fund is categorised as one which meets the disclosure provisions set out in Article 8 of SFDR as a product which promotes environmental and/or social characteristics and invests in companies with good governance practices.

The Fund promotes the following environmental and/or social characteristics: -

  • Support for UNGC principles (which cover matters including human rights, labour, corruption, and environmental pollution).
  • Avoidance of corporate issuers with the worst ESG ratings.
  • Engagement with corporate ESG laggards to improve their practices and/or ESG ratings.
  • JHI leverages a proprietary ESG framework, utilising both third party data and proprietary insights, that incorporates at least 20 metrics across environmental, social, and governance factors to produce country-level ESG ratings ranging from AAA to CCC. To encourage the adoption of better environmental and/or social practices the Fund will only invest in sovereign issuers rated B or higher.
  • JHI leverages a proprietary ESG framework, utilising both third party data and proprietary insights, to produce agency mortgage-backed securities issuer ratings. To encourage the adoption of better environmental and/or social practices the Fund will only invest in the top 5 of 6 ratings.

The Fund does not use a reference benchmark to attain its environmental or social characteristics.

This Fund seeks long-term growth of capital, consistent with preservation of capital and balanced by current income, by investing at least 35 -65% of its net asset value in equities (also known as company shares) and 35%-65% of its net asset value in Debt Securities and loan participations. At least 80% of its net asset value is invested in US Companies and US Issuers.

The binding elements of the investment strategy described below that are implemented as screens are coded into the compliance module of an order management system utilising third-party data provider(s) on an ongoing basis. The exclusionary screens are implemented on both a pre and post trade basis enabling any proposed transactions in an excluded security to be blocked and to identify any changes to the status of holdings when third-party data is periodically updated.

Engagement plans are agreed and periodically reviewed for engagement activity including progress against the engagement plan during the 24-month period.

The Sub-Investment Adviser will:

  • Engage with issuers in breach of UNGC principles and will only invest or continue to be invested if it considers through such engagement that they are on track to improve. If the issuer does not achieve a “pass” rating within 24 months, it will divest, and screens will be applied to exclude the issuer.
  • Apply screens to ensure that of the portfolio invested in corporate issuers of equities, at least 80% have an ESG risk rating of BB or higher (by MSCI – www.msci.com, or equivalent).
  • Consider corporate issuers of equities with a rating of B or CCC to be ESG laggards. It will engage with such issuers and will only invest or continue to be invested if it considers through such engagement that they are on track to improve and that the rating of the issuer will be upgraded. If the issuer’s rating is not upgraded within 24 months, it will divest, and screens will be applied to exclude the issuer.
  • Apply screens to ensure that of the portfolio invested in corporate issuers of Debt Securities, at least 80% have an ESG risk rating of BB or higher (by MSCI – www.msci.com, or equivalent).
  • Consider corporate issuers of Debt Securities with a rating of B or CCC to be ESG laggards. It will engage with such issuers and will only invest or continue to be invested if it considers through such engagement that they are on track to improve and that the rating of the issuer will be upgraded. If the issuer’s rating is not upgraded within 24 months, it will divest, and screens will be applied to exclude the issuer.
  • Leverage a proprietary ESG framework, utilising both third party data and proprietary insights, that incorporates at least 20 metrics across environmental, social, and governance factors to produce country-level ESG ratings ranging from AAA to CCC. To encourage the adoption of better environmental and/or social practices the Fund will only invest in sovereign issuers rated B or higher.
  • Leverage a proprietary ESG framework, utilising both third party data and proprietary insights, to categorise issuers of agency mortgage-backed securities against six ratings from “Category 1” (the highest) to “Category 6” (the lowest). To encourage the adoption of better environmental and/or social practices the Fund will only invest in the top 5 of 6 category ratings, i.e. it will not invest in “Category 6” (the lowest) rated issuers as such issuers have been evaluated as having insufficient management of sustainability risks. The category ratings reflect the Sub-Investment Adviser’s view of the most relevant level of ESG risk for most companies within the sector and can help inform portfolio construction in terms of exposure to a certain sector.

The Fund also applies the Firmwide Exclusions Policy (the “Firmwide Exclusions Policy”), which includes controversial weapons.

For the purposes of the AMF doctrine, the extra-financial analysis or rating is higher than:

  1. 90% for equities issued by large capitalisation companies whose registered office is located in "developed" countries, debt securities and money market instruments with an investment grade credit rating, sovereign debt issued by developed countries;
  2. 75% for equities issued by large capitalisations whose registered office is located in "emerging" countries, equities issued by small and medium capitalisations, debt securities and money market instruments with a high yield credit rating and sovereign debt issued by "emerging" countries.

The Sub-Investment Adviser may include positions in the Fund that, based on third-party data or screens, appear to fail the above criteria, where the Sub-Investment Adviser believes that the third- party data may be insufficient or inaccurate.

JHI has chosen MSCI’s as its primary data source for ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) research.

Where coverage gaps are identified, specialist ESG Data vendors or inhouse research may be used to complement the ESG research. This ensures helps ensure that consistent data and methodologies are used given an ESG measure per security type and hence can be compared correctly in the portfolio construction process.

The JHI ESG Investment Policy, which incorporates JHI’s Sustainability Risk Policy, sets out the firmwide approach to ESG Integration Principles, including JHI’s Responsible Investment Principles for long-term investment success, our approaches to Stewardship and Engagement and Baseline Exclusions applied to investee companies.

B. No Sustainable Investment Objective

This financial product promotes environmental or social characteristics but does not have as its objective sustainable investment.

C. Environmental or social characteristics of the financial product

The Fund promotes the following environmental and/or social characteristics: -

  • Support for UNGC principles (which cover matters including human rights, labour, corruption and environmental pollution).
  • Avoidance of corporate issuers with the worst ESG ratings.
  • Engagement with corporate ESG laggards to improve their practices and/or ESG ratings.
  • JHI leverages a proprietary ESG framework, utilising both third party data and proprietary insights, that incorporates at least 20 metrics across environmental, social, and governance factors to produce country-level ESG ratings ranging from AAA to CCC. To encourage the adoption of better environmental and/or social practices the Fund will only invest in sovereign issuers rated B or higher.
  • JHI leverages a proprietary ESG framework, utilising both third party data and proprietary insights, to produce agency mortgage-backed securities issuer ratings. To encourage the adoption of better environmental and/or social practices the Fund will only invest in the top 5 of 6 ratings.

The Fund does not use a reference benchmark to attain its environmental or social characteristics.

D. Investment Strategy

This Fund seeks long-term growth of capital, consistent with preservation of capital and balanced by current income, by investing at least 35 -65% of its net asset value in equities (also known as company shares) and 35%-65% of its net asset value in Debt Securities and loan participations. At least 80% of its net asset value is invested in US Companies and US Issuers.

The Fund is Actively Managed with reference to the composite index (55% S&P 500® /45% Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond ('Balanced Index')), which is broadly representative of the companies in which it may invest.

The Sub-Investment Adviser generally takes a "bottom-up" approach to building portfolios. The Fund follows an investment strategy in which companies are considered principally on their own fundamental qualitative and quantitative characteristics. This approach rests on a belief that some companies have inherent strengths for creating shareholder value over time, have superior prospects to their peer groups and should therefore outperform even in challenging industry and economic circumstances. The purpose of a fundamental investment approach is to identify and invest in such companies.

The Sub-Investment Adviser makes allocation decisions based upon a view of overall market risk and its fundamental security valuations across equity and fixed income markets.

The Sub-Investment Adviser takes a dynamic approach to asset allocation in equities and Debt Securities seeking an optimal balance of asset class opportunities through the various market environments. The dynamic approach involves the portfolio management team actively engaging in positioning the Fund's portfolio to equities and fixed income, rather than having a static allocation split between the two.

Investors should read this section in conjunction with the Fund's investment strategy (as set out in the supplement for the Fund under the heading "Investment Objective and Policies").

The binding elements of the investment strategy described below that are implemented as screens are coded into the compliance module of an order management system utilising third-party data provider(s) on an ongoing basis. The exclusionary screens are implemented on both a pre and post trade basis enabling any proposed transactions in an excluded security to be blocked and to identify any changes to the status of holdings when third-party data is periodically updated.

Engagement plans are agreed and periodically reviewed for engagement activity including progress against the engagement plan during the 24-month period.

E. Proportion of investments

A minimum of 80% of the investments of the financial product are used to meet the environmental or social characteristics promoted by the Fund.

Other assets, which are not used to meet the environmental or social characteristics, may include cash or cash equivalents, securitised assets other than agency mortgage-backed securities, in addition to instruments held for the purposes of efficient portfolio management and/or investment purposes e.g., temporary holdings of index derivatives.

F. Monitoring of environmental or social characteristics

The sustainability indicators used to measure the attainment of each of the environmental or social characteristics promoted by this financial product are:

  • Engagements with corporate issuers held with a UNGC status of “fail”.
  • 80% of corporate issuers of equities held have a rating of BB or above.
  • 80% of corporate issuers of Debt Securities held have a rating of BB or above.
  • Engagements with corporate issuers held with an ESG rating below BB.
  • Ratings of sovereign issuers across the portfolio based on the proprietary framework.
  • Ratings of agency mortgage-backed securities issuers across the portfolio based on the proprietary framework.

G. Methodologies for environmental or social characteristics

The Sub-Investment Adviser will:

  • Engage with issuers in breach of UNGC principles and will only invest or continue to be invested if it considers through such engagement that they are on track to improve. If the issuer does not achieve a “pass” rating within 24 months, it will divest, and screens will be applied to exclude the issuer.
  • Apply screens to ensure that of the portfolio invested in corporate issuers of equities, at least 80% have an ESG risk rating of BB or higher (by MSCI – www.msci.com, or equivalent).
  • Consider corporate issuers of equities with a rating of B or CCC to be ESG laggards. It will engage with such issuers and will only invest or continue to be invested if it considers through such engagement that they are on track to improve and that the rating of the issuer will be upgraded. If the issuer’s rating is not upgraded within 24 months, it will divest, and screens will be applied to exclude the issuer.
  • Apply screens to ensure that of the portfolio invested in corporate issuers of Debt Securities, at least 80% have an ESG risk rating of BB or higher (by MSCI – www.msci.com, or equivalent).
  • Consider corporate issuers of Debt Securities with a rating of B or CCC to be ESG laggards. It will engage with such issuers and will only invest or continue to be invested if it considers through such engagement that they are on track to improve and that the rating of the issuer will be upgraded. If the issuer’s rating is not upgraded within 24 months, it will divest, and screens will be applied to exclude the issuer.
  • Leverage a proprietary ESG framework, utilising both third party data and proprietary insights, that incorporates at least 20 metrics across environmental, social, and governance factors to produce country-level ESG ratings ranging from AAA to CCC. To encourage the adoption of better environmental and/or social practices the Fund will only invest in sovereign issuers rated B or higher.
  • Leverage a proprietary ESG framework, utilising both third party data and proprietary insights, to categorise issuers of agency mortgage-backed securities against six ratings from “Category 1” (the highest) to “Category 6” (the lowest). To encourage the adoption of better environmental and/or social practices the Fund will only invest in the top 5 of 6 category ratings, i.e. it will not invest in “Category 6” (the lowest) rated issuers as such issuers have been evaluated as having insufficient management of sustainability risks. The category ratings reflect the Sub-Investment Adviser’s view of the most relevant level of ESG risk for most companies within the sector and can help inform portfolio construction in terms of exposure to a certain sector.

The Fund also applies the Firmwide Exclusions Policy (the “Firmwide Exclusions Policy”), which includes controversial weapons, as detailed under the Prospectus section entitled “Investment Restrictions”.

The Sub-Investment Adviser may include positions in the Fund that, based on third-party data or screens, appear to fail the above criteria, where the Sub-Investment Adviser believes that the third- party data may be insufficient or inaccurate.

H. Data sources and processing

The Fund has chosen MSCI as its primary data source for ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) research.

Where coverage gaps are identified, specialist ESG Data vendors or inhouse research may be used to complement the ESG research. This helps ensure that consistent data and methodologies are used given an ESG measure per security type and hence can be compared correctly in the portfolio construction process.

JHI has built a centralised proprietary research alignment process; The central research alignment process aligns data at three different levels:

  1. Entity Level,
  2. Position Level, and
  3. Fund Level.

The research alignment and mapping capability is critical to JHI's ESG methodology, as we recognize a security could inherit the ESG information from the issuing legal entity, however, some ESG risks will be instrument specific.

JHI applies a series of Data Quality rules to ensure the integrity of the data being ingested into the central research alignment solution. JHI data that is not aligned correctly to the definition as provided by the data vendor is not ingested into the central cloud-based data warehouse and exceptions are raised. These exceptions are monitored and remediated by a central support team. Remediation includes challenging the data provider or internal operations supporting internally managed Systems of Records. Where appropriate the Data Owner responsible and accountable for the data is notified through the internal Data Governance process to resolve outstanding exceptions.

JHI receives weekly automated data feeds from external ESG Data vendors, which are ingested into a cloud-based data warehouse.

Some data used to support binding criteria as received from external providers may be estimated data. For positions not covered by the external data provider, proprietary research may be used. This could range from proprietary research alignment against the external data vendor to written confirmation from the issuing entity that it aligns to the binding criteria. The appropriateness of the evidence provided is assessed by an independent body at JHI.

I. Limitations to methodologies and data

Data coverage is directly driven by the coverage of the underlying ESG Data Provider.

JHI’s internal data structure provides sufficient flexibility to incorporate proprietary research or adapt evaluations to future requirements.

JHI is aware of data gaps in ESG Research for non-traditional asset classes compared to mainstream asset classes such as equities and debt instruments.

J. Due diligence

The JHI ESG Investment Policy, which incorporates JHI’s Sustainability Risk Policy, sets out the firmwide approach to ESG Integration, including JHI’s Responsible Investment Principles for long-term investment success, our approaches to Stewardship and Engagement and Baseline Exclusions applied to investee companies. These exclusions are based on classifications provided by third-party data ESG data providers. This classification is subject to an investment research override in cases where sufficient evidence exists that the third-party field is not accurate or appropriate.

Each Investment desk completes their own due diligence processes ahead of making any investment decisions within their Article 8 funds, using internal and external tools and research. The Front Office Controls & Governance team provide ongoing assurance that alignment with documented sustainability commitments where automated controls and/or 3rd party data are not available can be evidenced. Financial Risk review and challenge investment management in light of ESG-related risks, alongside traditional market risk metrics, and embed sustainability risk into the risk profiles. Investment Compliance ensure that ESG-related activities are managed in line with regulatory requirements and expectations and considered within our compliance framework.

K. Engagement Policies

In addition to the binding elements of the investment strategy described above, stewardship forms an integral and natural part of Janus Henderson’s long-term, active approach to investment management. Details of JHI’s approach to Engagement can be found in the ‘ESG Investment Policy’ published under the 'ESG Resource Library’ on the Janus Henderson website.

The Firm supports a number of stewardship codes and broader initiatives around the world and is a signatory to the UK stewardship code.

Janus Henderson has a Proxy Voting Committee, which is responsible for establishing positions on major voting issues and creating guidelines overseeing the voting process. The Committee is comprised of representatives of investments portfolio management, corporate governance, accounting, legal and compliance. Additionally, the Proxy Voting Committee is responsible for monitoring and resolving conflicts of interest with respect to proxy voting.

L. Designated Reference Benchmark

The Fund does not use a reference benchmark to attain its environmental or social characteristics.

Principal adverse impacts (PAI)

As at 29 December 2023, PAIs are considered at the product level.1 The table below sets out where PAI is considered through the use of exclusionary screens:

Adverse Sustainability Indicator Metric How is PAI considered
Social and employee matters Share of investments in investee companies involved in the manufacture or selling of controversial weapons Exposure to controversial weapons (anti-personnel mines, cluster munitions, chemical weapons and biological weapons) Exclusionary screen
  Violations of UN Global Compact principles and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises Share of investments in investee companies that have been involved in violations of the UNGC principles or OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises Engagement with violating Issuers


1This was effective as of 29th December 2023 and periodic reporting will commence from 31st December 2023 due to Regulatory Requirements, for the first reference period from 29th December 2023.

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