Our Climate ESG International Equity Strategy (the Strategy) seeks to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement, allowing investors to mitigate current and future carbon emissions, and reallocate capital towards companies generating higher green revenues and adapting to climate-related risks.
Green Revenues +300%
Revenues from low-carbon technology and “clean” energy production. 1
Fossil Fuels -90%
GHG emissions resulting from a company’s fossil fuel reserves. 1
Carbon Intensity -70%
Direct and indirect GHG emissions. 1
Adaptation Score on Climate change preparedness. 1
Brown Revenues -90%
Revenues from extractives activities 1
Lose the Carbon, Keep the Returns
The Strategy seeks to achieve the most efficient trade-off between climate targets, R-Factor™ improvement, tracking error and diversification, while achieving long-term returns broadly in line with the MSCI World ex-Australia Index.
The Strategy is characterised by the following:
Mitigation and Adaptation
Reallocates capital away from companies with high carbon emissions and brown revenues, and increases exposure to new energy and green companies.
To help build a more climate-resilient portfolio, the Strategy also increases exposure to companies working proactively to minimise their exposure to actual or expected physical, economic and regulatory impacts of climate change.
Aligns with the Paris Agreement
The Strategy seeks to align with the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement - including limiting climate change to the 2° Celsius warming scenario relative to pre-industrial levels.2
The investment process begins by excluding companies involved in activities relating to controversial weapons, severe ESG controversies, thermal coal, tobacco and violations of the UN Global Compact.
Provides an increased exposure to sustainable companies that score favourably by our ESG scoring system (R-Factor™).
Meets Client Objectives Flexibly
The Strategy framework can be customised to meet each investor's needs in terms of climate and ESG priorities, desired benchmark, tracking-error budget and any exclusions needed to meet international norms or sustainability considerations.
Targeted Climate and ESG Objectives
How to Access
The Strategy is available via a separately managed account only.
1. The above targets are as of 1 June 2020 and are subject to change as both the science and the data behind climate investing evolves. Targets are estimates based on certain assumptions and analysis made by State Street Global Advisors relative to the MSCI World ex-Australia Index. There is no guarantee that the estimates will be achieved
Investing involves risk including the risk of loss of principal. Equity securities may fluctuate in value in response to the activities of individual companies and general market and economic conditions. Investing in foreign domiciled securities may involve risk of capital loss from unfavourable fluctuation in currency values, withholding taxes, from differences in generally accepted accounting principles or from economic or political instability in other nations.
The returns on a portfolio of securities which exclude companies that do not meet the portfolio's specified ESG criteria may trail the returns on a portfolio of securities which include such companies. A portfolio's ESG criteria may result in the portfolio investing in industry sectors or securities which underperform the market as a whole.
Responsible-Factor (R-Factor) scoring is designed by State Street to reflect certain ESG characteristics and does not represent investment performance. Results generated out of the scoring model is based on sustainability and corporate governance dimensions of a scored entity.
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Performance quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so you may have a gain or loss when shares are sold. Current performance may be higher or lower than that quoted.