Progressing toward a sustainable global economy
The world is facing critical sustainability and social challenges that will require drastic change to overcome. Head of Global Sustainable Equities Hamish Chamberlayne joins Sustainability Analyst Amarachi Seery and Portfolio Manager Aaron Scully in a discussion on how companies are working to address these issues and why we believe active engagement is key to gauging their long-term progress.
- While drastic change will be needed to address the environmental, social and governance issues the world is currently facing, we are seeing many companies rise to the challenge.
- The pandemic has underscored the importance of engaging with companies on topics related to race, gender and climate change, and we have seen improvements in reporting on these factors.
- We believe that companies that are aligned with the development of a sustainable global economy will be far more likely to see growth and demand for their goods and services and will therefore be more likely to achieve steady compound growth over the long term.
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- Shares/Units can lose value rapidly, and typically involve higher risks than bonds or money market instruments. The value of your investment may fall as a result.
- Shares of small and mid-size companies can be more volatile than shares of larger companies, and at times it may be difficult to value or to sell shares at desired times and prices, increasing the risk of losses.
- The Fund follows a sustainable investment approach, which may cause it to be overweight and/or underweight in certain sectors and thus perform differently than funds that have a similar objective but which do not integrate sustainable investment criteria when selecting securities.
- The Fund may use derivatives with the aim of reducing risk or managing the portfolio more efficiently. However this introduces other risks, in particular, that a derivative counterparty may not meet its contractual obligations.
- If the Fund holds assets in currencies other than the base currency of the Fund or you invest in a share/unit class of a different currency to the Fund (unless 'hedged'), the value of your investment may be impacted by changes in exchange rates.
- When the Fund, or a hedged share/unit class, seeks to mitigate exchange rate movements of a currency relative to the base currency, the hedging strategy itself may create a positive or negative impact to the value of the Fund due to differences in short-term interest rates between the currencies.
- Securities within the Fund could become hard to value or to sell at a desired time and price, especially in extreme market conditions when asset prices may be falling, increasing the risk of investment losses.
- Some or all of the ongoing charges may be taken from capital, which may erode capital or reduce potential for capital growth.
- The Fund could lose money if a counterparty with which the Fund trades becomes unwilling or unable to meet its obligations, or as a result of failure or delay in operational processes or the failure of a third party provider.