ESG factors are key considerations in evaluating a company’s quality and sustainable growth prospects. State Street’s Fundamental Growth and Core Equity (FGC) team incorporates ESG considerations, including climate transition planning and climate risk, into its fundamental analysis of companies via the team’s proprietary Confidence Quotient metric. The FGC team believes that quality companies with sustainable growth at attractive valuations can drive above-average, long-term investment returns. The team is focused on sustainability in every sense of the word, and believes that companies with superior ESG practices that are material to their business are better positioned for sustainable growth over the long run. Access to R-Factor™ — State Street’s transparent ESG scoring model — and engagement with our Asset Stewardship team further strengthen FGC’s integrated ESG investment process.