Epworth Affirmative Equity Fund for Charities (Charities)
SRI / Ethical Overview
An equity fund for charities looking for a good level of income and long term capital growth.
It takes a Christian ethical approach to investing.
The Fund aims to maximise its long-term total return.
We mainly invest in UK equities (usually 80%-100% of the Fund). We can also invest in overseas equities (0%-20%), property (0%-5%) and cash (0%-5%).
Christian Ethical Investment:
We aim to ensure that our portfolios are consistent with the Christian faith. We are stewards of our investors’ capital and seek to use our influence to improve ethical standards by engaging with the management of the businesses we invest in.
The Fund will seek to establish a diversified portfolio of sustainable companies to capture exposure to all significant sectors of the market. No sector will be automatically included or excluded. It will avoid investment in companies whose business is wholly or mainly involved in alcohol, armaments, gambling, pornography, tar sands, thermal coal and tobacco.
We will also engage with companies where exclusion from the portfolio is not appropriate but where either there is minor exposure to the avoided sectors or other ethical issues such as environmental performance, corporate governance and social justice that need to be addressed. We take our investors concerns regarding climate change seriously and encourage our companies to provide transparency on their greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce their carbon intensity. The Fund Manager will vote direct shareholdings in line with the overall ethical policy wherever practicable.
SRI / themed / ethical assets under management – overview
Fund Size (GBP): £88.4m as at 31 March 2018
SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)
- Ethical policies Find funds with 'traditional' ethical investment policies. These typically focus on avoiding companies that are involved in the armaments industry, tobacco, gambling and/or pornography. Options will include funds where their core strategy or style may be to focus other issues - like sustainability or the environment, not just 'ethical funds'. Strategies vary significantly. Check fund literature for details.
- Tobacco production avoided Find fund options that exclude manufacturers of tobacco (or related) products. This typically relates to ethical funds however funds from other SRI Styles commonly avoid this area also. Strategies vary and funds may invest in retailers of such products (e.g. supermarkets or hotels.) See fund information for further information.
- Armaments manufacturers avoided Find ethical fund (and other SRI) options that avoid avoids companies that manufacture products intended specifically for military use. Fund strategies vary - particularly with regard to non strategic military products. Read fund literature for specific details.
- Coal, oil &/or gas majors excluded Find sustainable investment and ethical fund options that avoid significant involvement in coal, oil and/or gas producing companies. Funds vary. See individual fund literature to confirm details.
- Climate change / GHG policy Find sustainable investment and ethical fund options that pay significant attention to climate change related issues such as greenhouse gas/carbon emissions. Strategies vary, see fund literature for individual fund information.
- Alcohol production excluded This filter helps you to find ethical funds - and other options - that avoid investment in alcohol production. See fund literature for further information.
- Fracking and tar sands excluded Find fund options that avoid companies involved in fracking and tar sands - which are widely regarded as more controversial methods of oil and gas extraction.
- Gambling avoidance policy Find ethical fund options (and other options) that avoid companies with significant involvement in the gambling industry. See fund policy for details.
- Pornography avoidance policy Find ethical fund option - and in some cases other options - that avoid companies that derive significant income from pornography. See fund details for further information.
- Human rights Find funds that consider human rights practices when approving companies for investment. Such funds will require decent standards of human rights to be demonstrated - which typically means adherence to international norms as a minimum standard.
- Sustainability themed Find funds where there is a significant emphasis on sustainability issues either as its primary strategy or as a core strategy that compliments other criteria. (This may apply to a number of different SRI Styles). Such funds will consider environmental and social issues when making stock selection decisions. Read fund literature for further information.