Bank J. Safra Sarasin launches sustainable equities fund

AJ Gonzalez | November 5, 2020

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The firm said that strategy’s investments align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Bank J. Safra Sarasin has launched the JSS Sustainable Equity – SDG Opportunities fund, it announced on Tuesday.

The firm said that strategy invests in companies with strong sustainability practices and that create solutions to contribute to the SDGs (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals). It is managed by Jann Breitenmoser.

The SDGs are a list of priorities targeted for 2030 to combat poverty, protect the planet and promote peace and prosperity. J. Safra Sarasin said that it is estimated an additional $2.5tn of annual investments are needed, compared to current levels, to achieve these goals.

The fund uses the firm’s ‘SDG Engine’, which was developed to identify which company revenues positively contribute towards achieving the SDGs.

Breitenmoser said: ‘Besides identifying sustainable companies with strong competitive positions that create economic moats, we will focus on balancing this strategy between well-established mid- and large caps, and promising small niche players.

‘We see this offering as a next step in sustainable investing, providing investors access to a solution that is as close to impact investing as one can get within public equities.’

J. Safra Sarasin also said that it aims to be carbon neutral by 2035 and was awarded A+ by the PRI for sustainability strategy and governance. It launched a responsible India equity fund earlier this year, also

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