Ninety One launches ESG fund in Singapore

ESG investingNinety One, the fund manager previously known as Investec Asset Management, has been given the green light from Singapore’s regulator for an environmental fund targeting retail investors. The Ninety One Global Environment Fund has a mandate to invest in companies which generate at least 50% of their revenues from one of three themes: renewable energy, electrification and resource efficiency. It will look to favour companies operating in services, infrastructure, technology and environmental sustainability. The fund, managed by Deirdre Cooper and Graeme Baker, is domiciled in Luxembourg and was first launched in Europe in 2019. In June 2020, Ninety One received regulatory approval to market the fund to retail investors in Hong Kong. “We have developed a proprietary screening methodology identifying companies that will benefit from moves towards decarbonisation based on environmental revenues and improving carbon data,” said Cooper. “Combined with a detailed fundamental research process and our integrated ESG research methodology, the result is a highly concentrated portfolio which allows us to actively engage with every single company we invest in.” © 2021 funds global asia

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