The Dividend Letter
With the September launch of a sustainable version of our Global Dividend strategy, there is rarely a better moment to discuss how we treat ESG as part of our investment philosophy. The fact that we chose to launch a ‘green’ version of our fund doesn’t mean we ignored sustainability before. It is an important factor to consider in our high dividend universe, given that the space tends to be geared towards more ‘dirty’ industries compared to the broader market. It is our belief that a company cannot add value over the long term if its business model is unsustainable, be it because it is harmful to its environment or by being overtaken by cleaner technology. To put our beliefs into practice, our ESG approach has three pillars: Exclude, Integrate and Engage, with each more progressive than the one before. Exclude the violators from our universe, integrate sustainability into the investment process and engage with the companies where we can drive positive change.