White Fleet III - Haitong Flexible Fund
White Fleet III - Haitong Aggressive Fund
These strategies will be exposed to some Sustainability Risks, which will differ from company to company. In particular, some companies, markets and sectors will have greater exposure to Sustainability Risks than others.
These strategies may be exposed to regions which might have relatively low governmental or regulatory oversight or low transparency or disclosure of sustainability factors.
Such Sustainability Risks are integrated into the investment decision making and risk monitoring to the extent that they represent potential or actual material risks and/or opportunities to maximize the long-term risk-adjusted returns.
Within the strategy’s investment process, specific ESG criteria are considered to assess the risk profile and potential value of each investment in addition to the financial analysis. The strategies invest directly in companies with higher ESG score or in ETFs that replicate ESG indexes (of well-known index providers).
Within the individual stock selection process (“stock picking”), the ESG assessment is based on a two-step approach. Each company needs to have an overall ESG score of 80 or above (Sustainalytics Rank through Bloomberg) to be consider as potential investment (first step).
In a second step, each ESG criteria (Environment/Social/Governance) of the potential investment will be compared to its peers, and the companies’ individual ESG score history (evolution) will be assessed. Thereby, the investment manager gives particular attention to the ESG "Governance" criteria based on the assumption that the long-term performance of a company is more correlated to “Governance” than any other ESG criteria.
However, in some circumstances it is possible to pick stocks with a score lower than 80. That can happen if the company does not yet have an ESG score or, even if it is lower than the threshold, the company has been improving (vs its recent history) in ESG terms.
ESG risks include those related to climate change impacts mitigation and adaptation, environmental management practices and duty of care, working and safety condition, respect for human rights, anti-bribery and corruption practices and compliance with relevant laws and regulations. The strategy uses external providers’ research to help identify the risks.
The European Equity Strategies fall within the scope of Article 6 of the SFDR as they do not actively promote Sustainability Factors and do not maximize portfolio alignment with Sustainability Factors. The European Equity Strategies, however, remain exposed to Sustainability Risks.