ESG in Defined Contribution

Many investors, particularly the millennial generation, are committed to improving the world through their investments. Despite the increased interest in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment solutions, few, if any, such options are available today as a QDIA in defined contribution plans. For plan sponsors and participants who wish to express their social values and environmental awareness within their retirement investments, Fisher Investments is pleased to offer an ESG version of our PRO Solution.

Primer on ESG Investing

ESG investing is an umbrella term for a range of investment strategies considering a company’s environmental, social and governance factors as part of the investment selection process. Environmental factors examine the ways a company’s operations affect the local and global ecosystems. Social factors apply metrics based on the quality of interactions with suppliers, employees, customers and the larger community. Governance refers to corporate self‐governance, and includes board independence, transparency and shareholder rights.

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Factors to be considered when constructing an ESG portfolio.

FI's ESG Capabilities

  • FI has been managing accounts with various thresholds of environmental and social mandates for nearly two decades
    • Began managing mandates with social restrictions in the mid 1990's
    • ESG performance composites date back to 2005
  • $5.5B in ESG AUM (as of March 31, 2018)
  • ESG clients in five different countries
  • Complete top‐down and bottom‐up ESG process, supported by industry leading ESG data services
  • Dedicated ESG Team within Research Department
  • United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) signatory since 2014