Schroders adds global equity impact fund

Schroders has announced the launch of its new global equity impact fund, the Schroder International Selection Fund.

Schroders says the fund will target companies whose products, services and operations are focused on solving societal and environmental challenges faced by individuals and industries in the coming decades. Its impact investment framework has been built in collaboration with BlueOrchard and is classified as an Article 9 fund under SFDR.

The fund will invest in companies across all sectors addressing key themes such as health and wellness, financial inclusion, sustainable infrastructure, and responsible consumption and production.

It will be managed by Joanna Wald and Paul Griffin who said, “The UN SDGs outline urgent social and environmental problems that must be addressed in order to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for all. Due to the sheer magnitude of these challenges, we believe the necessary solutions cannot be achieved solely by governments and NGOs. The competitive dynamics and scrutiny of public markets rewards companies that can most efficiently generate solutions. Companies’ leadership in execution, agility and innovation creates solutions with the speed and scale necessary to address the UN SDGs.

“We identify companies whose technology, scientific expertise or market leadership bring prowess and innovation to address the UN SDGs. These companies operate at scale and in ways that are foundational to impact outcomes yet often underappreciated. We are active, long-term owners who can demonstrate significant contribution through continuous engagement. We measure impact over time and actively engage to enhance that impact. We believe these companies have the potential to offer strong returns to investors in line with their business activities. There is no compromise needed on performance.”