New Horizon: Why Crispin Murray re-engineered our ethical share fund

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Pendal’s head of equities Crispin Murray explains his vision for our newly renamed Pendal Horizon Fund (formerly known as Pendal Ethical Share Fund).

The year 2020 demonstrated some fundamental truths about the modern investment environment.

The world is vulnerable to shocks — from climate change to pandemics. Change is accelerating. Successful companies must confidently manage a wider set of risks than in the past, including environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks.

What are the implications for investors? What have we learned and how is Pendal responding?

We believe investors need:

  Strategies that can protect against unpredictable outcomes.

•  Investments that benefit from and are leveraged to structural changes.

  Investments that can enable and facilitate positive change while avoiding harm.

  A high-conviction, all-weather, nimble portfolio.

Our approach to sustainable investing is grounded in these beliefs.

Pendal's Horizon Fund blocks capital to industries causing harm and helps build industries of the future.

Block, build, commit … the foundations of Pendal’s Horizon Fund

Now we have taken the Pendal Ethical Share Fund, with its 19-year history, and re-engineered it for the next two decades as Pendal Horizon Fund.

This enhanced strategy is:

Built for performance. It’s a concentrated, high-conviction strategy of 15 to 35 stocks that draws on the company insights and risk management underpinning Pendal’s long and strong track record in performance

• Actively invests in companies that enable a more sustainable and “future-proof” Australian economy. This allows the fund to benefit from trends shaping coming decades, from digitalisation to decarbonisation. We allocate capital to companies that directly contribute — or enable others to contribute — to areas such as:


Pendal's Horizon Fund allocates capital in these areas.

Pendal’s Horizon Fund directs capital into these areas


• Avoids activities that undermine a more sustainable economy (see graph below). We screen out harmful industries such as fossil fuels, alcohol, gaming, tobacco, weapons, logging, predatory lending and companies that breach standards:


Pendal's enhanced Horizon Fund now operates exclusionary screens across these areas.

Pendal’s enhanced Horizon Fund operates exclusionary screens in these areas


• Uses Pendal’s deep responsible investment capabilities. This includes the advice of Regnan — our wholly-owned subsidiary — in assessing companies on their contribution to a sustainable, future-oriented Australian economy and their management of ESG risks.

• Prioritises active stewardship and engagement with companies to promote sustainable characteristics and minimise ESG risks. This leverages Pendal’s depth of corporate access and scale of funds under management, allowing us to be an effective agent of change.

The outcome is a fund that is built for performance while also acting as a force for positive change in Australia’s future. The fund is aligned with developing trends while benefiting from Pendal’s proven capability.
Click here for more information about the Pendal Horizon Fund (formerly Pendal Ethical Share Fund).

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