Our ESG Approach

We believe that responsible investment is best embodied by the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). To confirm our approach to responsible investing, we are a signatory to the PRI, and are committed to its six guiding principles.

Our Responsible Investment Process consists of two key pillars:

1. Exclusions

2. ESG Integration

Firstly, we perform a negative screen on potential investment opportunities; seeking to exclude investments in product areas that we do not wish to finance; this leads to the exclusion of companies involved in controversial weapons and tobacco products for example1.

Secondly, we require our investment teams to fully integrate ESG considerations into their investment processes.

To ensure that a robust approach is implemented, we have engaged with Sustainalytics, a global leader in ESG research and ratings. Sustainalytics’ research provides us with insight regarding product involvement and a detailed analysis of a company’s ESG risk factors.

Ultimately, we want to offer our investors access to the best investment ideas, within a framework that seeks to achieve better environmental, society and governance outcomes.

1 A full list of our excluded product areas is available to download here.

As permitted under Article 4 of Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 November 2019 on sustainability‐related disclosures in the financial services sector (the “SFDR”), E.I. Sturdza Funds plc (the “Company”) does not consider adverse impacts of investment decisions on sustainability factors on the basis that it is not a financial market participant that is required to do so given that the Company does not have on its balance sheet an average number of employees exceeding 500 during the financial year. The Company may choose at a later date to publish and maintain on this website the consideration of principal adverse impacts of investment decisions on sustainability factors.