Environmental, Social and Governance Philosophy Statement

Fisher Investments believes ESG investors are best served by an investment process that considers both top-down and bottom-up factors. Integrating ESG analysis at the country, sector and stock levels consistent with clients’ investment goals and ESG policies maximises the likelihood of achieving desired performance and improving environmental and social conditions worldwide.


Introduction

Fisher Investments (FI) considers environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors throughout the investment process. Additionally, FI regularly screens and tailors the investment approach for separately managed accounts depending on the particular guidelines mandated by the client.

Top-Down Investment Process

  • ESG factors are among the many drivers considered by FI’s Capital Markets Analysts and FI’s IPC when developing country, sector and thematic preferences. Environmental regulation, social policy, economic and market reforms, labour, and human rights are among ESG factors assessed when determining country and sector/ industry allocations and shaping an initial prospect list of portfolio positions.
  • FI’s IPC, with the assistance of FI’s Securities and Capital Markets Analysts, determines the materiality of the ESG considerations based on the exposure among publically-traded companies in these categories. Higher materiality could imply larger ESG-related risks or opportunities, and may influence sector and country weight preferences as well as individual stock selection. The investment strategy and positioning reflects Fisher Investments’ outlook over a 12-18 month horizon.
  • At a client’s discretion, FI is able to refine prospective equity lists further by applying the firm’s or client‑provided ESG screens to the list of prospective securities for separately managed accounts. Please reference the appendix for a sample of the firm’s screens employed for most ESG portfolios. FI’s screening process leverages MSCI ESG Research capabilities to identify and remove portfolio candidates involved in business activities deemed inconsistent with FI’s, or client-provided, screens.

Bottom-Up Investment Process

FI’s Securities Analysts perform fundamental research on prospective investments to identify securities with strategic attributes consistent with the firm’s top-down views and competitive advantages relative to their defined peer group. The fundamental research process involves reviewing and evaluating a comprehensive set of qualitative and quantitative data, including ESG factors, prior to purchasing a security. Factors considered in portfolios include, but are not limited to: shareholder concentration, corporate stewardship, environmental opportunities & liabilities, and human or labour rights controversies. Generally, FI would choose not to invest in companies when, in its opinion, security level issues: (i) violate a client mandated ESG policy or (ii) present an inordinate risk to a company’s operational or financial performance or (iii) appear to present undue headline risk to share price performance.

Please see FI’s ESG Policy Statement for additional information.

As of 31/03/2022 we had over $19 billion USD in our ESG/SRI asset under management.

Fisher Investments is signed with UNPRI.

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Investing in stock markets involves the risk of loss and there is no guarantee that all or any capital invested will be repaid. Past performance neither guarantees nor reliably indicates future performance.


About Fisher Investments Australasia

Fisher Investments Australasia offers a variety of Global, Non-US, and US Equity strategies for institutional investors. FIA delegates portfolio management to its parent company, Fisher Investments, a money management firm in the US founded in 1979 by investment guru Ken Fisher. Today, Fisher Investments and its affiliates oversee more than A$263 billion* in assets for over 100,000 clients globally.* Founder Ken Fisher’s “Portfolio Strategy” column for Forbes ran from 1984 through 2016, making him the longest continually running columnist in the magazine’s 90+ year history. He has also authored several New York Times bestsellers on finance and investing. (*As of 31/03/2022)

For your reference, Fisher Investments Australasia is an investment manager located in Sydney. The parent company, Fisher Investments, is based in the United States, and manages assets for large institutional clients around the world.

Fisher Investments Australasia Pty Ltd (FIA) holds an Australian Financial Services Licence (#433312) with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). FIA delegates portfolio management to its parent company, Fisher Investments (FI).