Back in house, we’re also doing our bit to show that we’re walking the walk, as well as talking the talk. We enhanced our reporting through Monthly Fund Factsheets, listed in the Fund policies, factsheets, engagements and votes table in the Portfolios with purpose section of this report. For example, our Global Small-cap Fund allows investors a hand in smaller listed companies, following a disciplined end-to-end framework utilising our proprietary in-house stock filters plus high-conviction investment ideas, and delivered 53.1% returns over the year. The new fund factsheets offer a clear overview of our funds’ financial and sustainability performance.
Meanwhile, we won a number of awards for our work, including Environmental Finance’s IMPACT Award for our Global Impact Pool, a multi-asset impact fund focused around four themes and five Sustainable Development Goals; Basic needs and well-being (SDG 3 and SDG 6), SME Growth and decent work (SDG 8), Climate & energy transition (SDG 7), SME Growth and decent work (SDG 8), and Circular economy (SDG 12) across both emerging and developed markets.
For the third year in a row, our UK arm won the Fiduciary Manager of the Year award at Financial News’ 20th annual Asset Management Awards Europe. Our proactive, tailored investment approach won us a number of fiduciary mandates and demonstrated our high level of client service.
In Switzerland, the Kempen (Lux) Euro Sustainable Credit Fund was awarded the Best Corporate Bonds fund at the Swiss Sustainable Fund Award 2021 (SSFA), and in Belgium, our Euro Credit Fund Plus won the Best Fund award in the Euro Corporate Bonds category in the annual Fund Awards for the seventh year in a row.
Our 2020 Stewardship and Sustainable Investing report won the Pensions for Purpose Content Award 2021 in the Best ESG / Sustainable Investment Report category:
Though our focus is always forward-looking, recognition of our teams’ work is always welcome and demonstrates that we are on the right path when it comes to sustainable investment in our changing world. So where do we go from here?