Stewart Investors Indian Subcontinent Sustainability Fund

    In Short

    NameStewart Investors Indian Subcontinent Sustainability Fund
    Asset ClassEquity
    GeographyIndian Subcontinent
    NordSIP CategoryCore/Impact
    Article 8/9Article 9
    Fund ProfileAvailable here
    Morning StarAvailable here
    Product/StrategyIreland-domiciled UCITS
    AvailabilityInstitutional investors in Europe and Canada
    ManagerLead PM: Sashi Reddy; Co-PM: David Gait

    Strategy description

    The Fund seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation by investing in companies which both contribute to, and benefit from, sustainable development, achieving positive social and environmental sustainable outcomes.
    Positive social sustainability outcomes include the enablement of improved health and wellbeing; access to income-generating and enterprise opportunities; fair employment and workplace safety; access to education and learning opportunities; communication and access to information; financial inclusion; sustainable transport and mobility; better access to housing, water, sanitation and electricity; and social inclusion and reduced inequality.

    Positive environmental sustainability outcomes include more careful, efficient and productive use of natural resources; reduced waste and improved waste management; the wider adoption of circular economy practices and measures; the adoption of renewable and cleaner energy technologies; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; reduced water, air and other environmental pollution; a slowing in the rate of land degradation, land use change and loss of forests and biodiversity; and measures and technologies that enable climate change adaptation and resilience.

    The hallmarks of our investment strategy are an exclusive focus on companies that contribute to and benefit from sustainable development; a research-driven, fundamental, bottom-up approach to the selection and ongoing analysis of investments; a focus on the quality and sustainability attributes of every company; a focus on company stewardship and sound governance; a long-term investment horizon; and a commitment to engagement in order to address sustainability concerns and issues.

    SRI Highlights

    Fund-level ESG/Sustainability reporting, outlining how the portfolios are contributing to social and environmental sustainable outcomes is also available on our website.

    Currently Sustainalytics and RepRisk are our main external providers of ESG data – we use these services to validate our own in-depth analysis of companies. We also use ISS for carbon foot printing and CDP for emissions data. ISS scenario reports are available to clients on request to meet our reporting obligations but are not used as part of the investment process. In addition, we use Net Purpose for impact and company level climate change targets data.

    Competitive Advantage
    The following factors differentiate us from our competitors:


    • First sustainability strategy launched in 2005

    Long termism

    • Some companies held > 20 years
    • Ten-year horizon at point of investment
    • Engaged relationships with investee companies

    Positive impact

    • Companies must contribute to sustainable development
    • Sustainability analysis is integral to the investment process
    • Engage and vote to improve sustainability outcomes


    • Strong long-term absolute returns across cycles
    • Significantly lower downside risk


    International Norms: companies whose activities clearly infringe international agreements and which are complicit in human rights abuses (following the UN guiding principles and OECD guidelines).

    Fossil fuel / Thermal coal: companies that derive over 10% of their revenues from the extraction of thermal coal, oil and gas companies whose production derived from oil sands is 1% or more of total production and extractives companies undertaking exploration and production activities in sensitive areas.

    All Weapons including Anti-personnel mines, Cluster munitions, Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons

    Tobacco: companies that derive any turnover from the manufacture of tobacco products or derive 10% or more of turnover from the sale of tobacco products.

    Gambling: companies whose core business is gambling, such as casinos or derive 10% or more of their total revenues from gambling, such as hotels or restaurants.

    Pornography: companies involved in the production or distribution of pornographic materials or retailers that derive more than 3% of turnover from the sale of such material.

    Alcohol: companies that derive any turnover from the production of alcoholic beverages, that derive over 33% of turnover from selling alcohol or derive over 10% from bottling, wholesale or sale.