Columbia Threadneedle launch two ESG funds

Columbia Threadneedle Investments has launched new emerging markets and European equities ESG funds.

The Threadneedle (Lux) Emerging Market ESG Equities Fund is managed by Young Kim, Senior Portfolio Manager. Using Columbia Threadneedle’s proprietary responsible investment ratings and research, and combining it with fundamental company analysis, Young will systematically apply ESG factors to identify growth opportunities and material risks in emerging market companies.

The second fund, the Threadneedle (Lux) Pan European ESG Equities Fund, is a conversion of the Threadneedle (Lux) Pan European Equities Fund. It will continue to be managed by Ann Steele and Dan Ison.

William Davies, Chief Investment Officer, EMEA at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, said: “Growing investor demand for strategies with a responsible investment orientation has proven to be one of the most significant shifts in asset management in a generation, and recent European sustainable finance regulations have only served to accelerate this trend. We are pleased to reflect these market developments by adding two new ESG funds to our responsible investment offering, to sit alongside our existing sustainable outcomes fund range.”