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integrating sustainability into equities.

integrating sustainability into equities.
Didier Rabattu - Head of Equities

Didier Rabattu

Head of Equities
Pascal Menges - Head of Equity Investment Process and Research, Client Portfolio Manager

Pascal Menges

Head of Equity Investment Process and Research, Client Portfolio Manager

the sustainability revolution.

The next economic revolution is already underway. We believe it will drive returns in the next three to five years and beyond and we are committed to identifying those companies which are best positioned to benefit.

We are facing some significant long-term structural trends, which are already starting to have a material effect on the environment in which companies operate. In our view, this revolution stands to affect every corner of the globe and every asset class in every investment portfolio.

The key to a successful investment approach in this environment is the ability to identify companies whose ability to create excess economic returns is underpriced by the market. In order to effectively target companies which meet this requirement, and are more sustainable over the long-term, we have developed a three-pillar analysis approach. 

This three-pillar approach examines the sustainability of companies’ financial models, the sustainability of their business practices and the sustainability of their business model. 

The first pillar is concerned with the financial strength of the company and, when it comes to selecting equities, we look to identify companies with the ability to generate excess economic returns. To do this, we believe they must be capital efficient, cash generative and have a limited dependency on capital markets. We have no issue paying a premium for a company as long as it creates a disproportionally higher level of economic returns.


Pillar I – the sustainability of a company’s financial models within equity investments

The second pillar of our approach to sustainability looks at how businesses behave in relation to their broader ecosystem of stakeholders. We believe that, for a company to deliver long-term value, it needs to be focused on all its stakeholders, including regulators, shareholders, employees, clients, suppliers, the environment, and its local community. It needs to be as focused on its business practices as on its financial performance.

The third and final pillar concerns the sustainability of a company’s business model when subjected to long-term structural trends. We believe there are five mega trends that are driving the Sustainability Revolution: Demographics, Climate Change, Natural Resources, Digital Revolution and Inequality.

Within each of these mega trends, we map out the likely path of future development for a more sustainable outcome in order to better understand which sectors will be impacted, and how. This, in turn, allows us to identify opportunities that can be translated into investment themes and ultimately determine how well or bad a company is positioned to navigate the opportunities and challenges presented.

On top of our investment analysis, we also believe strongly in the importance of active ownership because we trust it can also improve investment outcomes. We engage in direct dialogue with the senior management of the companies in which we invest. This gives us greater insights into the quality of company management, their attitude towards shareholders and the extent to which they are addressing risks and opportunities material to their long-term success.

We believe sustainability will be the single largest engine of the global economy in the years to come. Just as we expect companies to adapt in the face of this revolution, we think it is our role as asset managers to rethink our approach to investment and provide innovative solutions for our clients that allow them to capture the opportunities within their portfolios.

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