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UK Stewardship Code

A+ RATED

Newton Investment Management Limited has been a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) since 2007, and is ranked A+ across all areas of the PRI’s annual assessment.

The UK Financial Reporting Council has determined, at its first opportunity, that Newton is a signatory of the UK Stewardship Code 2020. In March 2021, Newton joined the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative, demonstrating our commitment to work with our clients to help fulfil their net-zero ambitions and to navigate portfolios through the complex energy transitions that are unfolding.

How we approach responsible investment

ESG research

We believe that taking ESG factors into account where appropriate and as applicable can lead to better investment decisions. Our responsible investment process is founded on three pillars: in-depth ESG security analysis, active company engagement, and active proxy voting.

Active engagement

Active engagement with the companies we invest in allows us to monitor changes in management processes, remuneration and social and environmental issues. By taking a proactive approach to our engagement, we can work with the companies we invest in to increase the sustainability of their businesses over time. We also take an active role in the external ESG debate across the wider industry, and help to shape policy and thought leadership.

Holding ourselves to account

At Newton, we are conscious of the expectations we place on the entities we invest in on behalf of our clients, and we seek to hold ourselves to the same standards. The way our business is governed is designed to ensure that we achieve our commercial objectives in a responsible and sustainable manner which is consistent with our corporate purpose, and that in doing so we act as we expect others to act.

What we offer

Strategy highlights

  • Embedding environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis to look beyond the financial statements
  • Investing in issuers that positively manage the material impacts of their operations and products on the environment and society, while actively omitting those involved in areas of high social cost, environmental degradation or violators of the UN Global Compact Principles
  • Seeks to achieve its objective with reduced volatility through security selection, asset-type flexibility and an emphasis on capital preservation

Our philosophy and process

Harnessing Newton’s global analysis resources, the strategy adheres to our investment framework focused on fundamentals, themes, valuations and ESG considerations.

We focus on innovative companies and dynamic management teams that provide solutions and benefit from growth opportunities. Active corporate engagement and proxy voting provide powerful feedback loops that make us more informed shareholders who promote positive corporate development.

The strategy is conviction-based, with no regional, sector or performance reference constraints. It has a simple structure, with a stable core of predominantly traditional return-seeking assets, and a layer of risk-offsetting positions which aim to dampen volatility and preserve capital.

Sustainable ‘red lines’, with responsible investment team validation, seek to ensure there is no investment in security issuers that:

  • Breach the UN Global Compact
  • Are incompatible with a 2˚C world
  • Are deemed to have material ESG risks which are likely to negatively affect future performance and are associated with significant social or environmental harm

The strategy seeks to avoid investing in companies that participate in specific areas of activity that we deem to be harmful from an environmental and/or social perspective.

Every time we consider a security or look at an industry or country, it’s in the context of what’s happening across the world. We believe the investment landscape is shaped over the long term by some key trends, and we use a range of global investment themes to capture these.

Investment team

Our Sustainable Real Return strategy is managed by an experienced team with a wide range of backgrounds. Our investment team of research analysts and portfolio managers works together across regions and sectors, helping to ensure that our investment process is highly flexible. Our dedicated responsible investment team is an integral part of the investment decision-making process. Guided by our global investment themes, we seek to identify opportunities and risks through research and debate.

20
years’ average investment experience
14
years’ average time at Newton

Strategy profile

Objective

The strategy seeks to deliver a total return of SONIA (30-day compounded) +4% per annum over rolling 5-year periods, from a globally diversified portfolio of securities that demonstrate attractive investment attributes and sustainable business practices. In doing so, the strategy aims to achieve a positive return on a rolling 3-year basis. However, a positive return is not guaranteed and a capital loss may occur.

Performance
benchmark*

SONIA (30-day compounded) +4%*

Volatility

Expected to be between that of bonds and equities over the long term

Strategy size

£0.6bn (as at 30 June 2022)

Strategy inception

Composite inception: 1 May 2018


Strategy available through pooled UK vehicle

BNY Mellon Sustainable Real Return Fund


View fund performance
View Key Investor Information Document
View prospectus

* Please note that on 1 October 2021, the performance benchmark for this strategy changed from 1-month GBP LIBOR +4% to SONIA (30-day compounded) +4%.
UK Inst Sustainable Real Return strategy factsheet

Strategy factsheet

Performance and commentary for the last quarter.


RI report Sustainable real return

Responsible investment report

Stewardship activities (voting and engagement) for the last quarter and ESG metrics.

Your capital may be at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the original amount invested.

Newton will make investment decisions that are not based solely on ESG considerations. Other attributes of an investment may outweigh ESG considerations when making investment decisions. The way that ESG considerations are assessed and the assessment of their suitability for Newton’s sustainable strategies may vary depending on the asset class and strategy involved. For Newton’s sustainable strategies, ESG Quality Reviews are performed prior to investment for corporate investments (single name equity and fixed income securities).

Key investment risks

  • Performance aim risk: The performance aim is not a guarantee, may not be achieved and a capital loss may occur. Strategies which have a higher performance aim generally take more risk to achieve this and so have a greater potential for returns to vary significantly.
  • Currency risk: This strategy invests in international markets which means it is exposed to changes in currency rates which could affect the value of the strategy.
  • Derivatives risk: Derivatives are highly sensitive to changes in the value of the asset from which their value is derived. A small movement in the value of the underlying asset can cause a large movement in the value of the derivative. This can increase the sizes of losses and gains, causing the value of your investment to fluctuate. When using derivatives, the strategy can lose significantly more than the amount it has invested in derivatives.
  • Changes in interest rates & inflation risk: Investments in bonds/money market securities are affected by interest rates and inflation trends which may negatively affect the value of the strategy.
  • Credit ratings and unrated securities risk: Bonds with a low credit rating or unrated bonds have a greater risk of default. These investments may negatively affect the value of the strategy.
  • Credit risk: The issuer of a security held by the strategy may not pay income or repay capital to the strategy when due.
  • Emerging markets risk: Emerging Markets have additional risks due to less-developed market practices.
  • Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect and/or the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect (‘Stock Connect’) risk: The strategy may invest in China A shares through Stock Connect programmes. These may be subject to regulatory changes and quota limitations. An operational constraint such as a suspension in trading could negatively affect the strategy’s ability to achieve its investment objective.
  • CoCos risk: Contingent convertible securities (CoCos) convert from debt to equity when the issuer’s capital drops below a pre-defined level. This may result in the security converting into equities at a discounted share price, the value of the security being written down, temporarily or permanently, and/or coupon payments ceasing or being deferred.
  • Sustainable strategies risk: The strategy follows a sustainable investment approach, which may cause it to perform differently than strategies that have a similar objective but which do not integrate sustainable investment criteria when selecting securities. The strategy will not engage in stock lending activities and, therefore, may forego any additional returns that may be produced through such activities.
  • Investment in infrastructure companies risk: The value of investments in infrastructure companies may be negatively impacted by changes in the regulatory, economic or political environment in which they operate.
  • Counterparty risk: The insolvency of any institutions providing services such as custody of assets or acting as a counterparty to derivatives or other contractual arrangements, may expose the strategy to financial loss.

Strategy highlights

  • Embedding environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis to look beyond the financial statements
  • Investing in sustainable sovereign bonds, and bonds of companies that positively manage the material impacts of their operations and products on the environment and society
  • Global investment universe, with the flexibility to use stabilising assets and hedging positions to provide downside protection

Our philosophy and process

Harnessing Newton’s global analysis resources, the strategy adheres to our investment framework focused on fundamentals, themes, valuations and ESG considerations.

Our fixed-income team aims to identify positive ESG behaviour in issuers within a broad investment universe. Our focus is on companies (or sovereigns) that are run for the long term, seeking to effectively balance the interests of all stakeholders and actively managing the material risks for their industry (or economy) in order to deliver more resilient returns for investors.

Sustainable ‘red lines’, with responsible investment team validation, seek to ensure there is no investment in security issuers that:

  • Breach the UN Global Compact
  • Are incompatible with a 2˚C world
  • Are deemed to have material ESG risks which are likely to negatively affect future performance and are associated with significant social or environmental harm

The strategy seeks to avoid investing in companies that participate in specific areas of activity that we deem to be harmful from an environmental and/or social perspective.

The strategy follows an unconstrained, highly dynamic asset-allocation approach within a broad universe of global bonds; it can invest in government bonds, emerging-market sovereigns, high-yield bonds and investment-grade corporate debt. The strategy has the flexibility to manage currency exposure actively to generate additional returns.

Every time we consider a security or look at an industry or country, it’s in the context of what’s happening across the world. We believe the investment landscape is shaped over the long term by some key trends, and we use a range of global investment themes to capture these.

Investment team

Our Sustainable Global Dynamic Bond strategy is managed by a focused, experienced fixed-income team. Our investment team of research analysts and portfolio managers works together across regions and sectors, helping to ensure that our investment process is highly flexible. Our dedicated responsible investment team is an integral part of the investment decision-making process. Guided by our global investment themes, we seek to identify opportunities and risks through research and debate.

21
years’ average investment experience
14
years’ average time at Newton

Strategy profile

Objective

The strategy seeks to deliver a total return of SONIA (30-day compounded) +2% per annum over rolling 5-year periods, from a globally diversified portfolio of debt and debt-related securities issued by companies and governments that demonstrate attractive investment attributes and are deemed to be sustainable. In doing so, it aims to achieve a positive return on a rolling 3-year basis. However, a positive return is not guaranteed and a capital loss may occur.

Performance benchmark

SONIA (30-day compounded) +2%

Strategy size

£0.5bn (as at 30 June 2022)

Strategy inception

Composite inception: 1 March 2019

Strategy available through pooled UK vehicle

BNY Mellon Sustainable Global Dynamic Bond Fund

View Key Investor Information Document
View prospectus

UK Inst Sustainable Global Dynamic Bond strategy factsheet

Strategy factsheet

Performance and commentary for the last quarter.


RI report Sustainable global dynamic bond

Responsible investment report

Stewardship activities (voting and engagement) for the last quarter and ESG metrics.


Sustainable Global Dynamic Bond Brochure

Brochure

More detail on the strategy’s investment approach

Your capital may be at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the original amount invested.

Newton will make investment decisions that are not based solely on ESG considerations. Other attributes of an investment may outweigh ESG considerations when making investment decisions. The way that ESG considerations are assessed and the assessment of their suitability for NIM’s sustainable strategies may vary depending on the asset class and strategy involved. For Newton’s sustainable strategies, ESG Quality Reviews are performed prior to investment for corporate investments (single name equity and fixed income securities).

Key investment risks

  • Objective/performance risk: There is no guarantee that the strategy will achieve its objectives.
  • Performance aim risk: The performance aim is not a guarantee, may not be achieved and a capital loss may occur. Strategies which have a higher performance aim generally take more risk to achieve this and so have a greater potential for returns to vary significantly.
  • Currency risk: This strategy invests in international markets which means it is exposed to changes in currency rates which could affect the value of the strategy.
  • Derivatives risk: Derivatives are highly sensitive to changes in the value of the asset from which their value is derived. A small movement in the value of the underlying asset can cause a large movement in the value of the derivative. This can increase the sizes of losses and gains, causing the value of your investment to fluctuate. When using derivatives, the strategy can lose significantly more than the amount it has invested in derivatives.
  • Changes in interest rates & inflation risk: Investments in bonds/money market securities are affected by interest rates and inflation trends which may negatively affect the value of the strategy.
  • Credit ratings and unrated securities risk: Bonds with a low credit rating or unrated bonds have a greater risk of default. These investments may negatively affect the value of the strategy.
  • Credit risk: The issuer of a security held by the strategy may not pay income or repay capital to the strategy when due.
  • Emerging markets risk: Emerging Markets have additional risks due to less-developed market practices.
  • CoCos risk: Contingent convertible securities (CoCos) convert from debt to equity when the issuer’s capital drops below a pre-defined level. This may result in the security converting into equities at a discounted share price, the value of the security being written down, temporarily or permanently, and/or coupon payments ceasing or being deferred.
  • Sustainable strategies risk: The strategy follows a sustainable investment approach, which may cause it to perform differently than strategies that have a similar objective but which do not integrate sustainable investment criteria when selecting securities. The strategy will not engage in stock lending activities and, therefore, may forego any additional returns that may be produced through such activities.
  • Counterparty risk: The insolvency of any institutions providing services such as custody of assets or acting as a counterparty to derivatives or other contractual arrangements, may expose the strategy to financial loss.

Strategy highlights

  • Fundamental bottom-up research
  • Global thematic approach to investing targets areas with strong growth potential, not ‘old’ profit pools
  • Focus on ‘compounders’ – exceptional, leading businesses with long-term growth potential

Our philosophy and process

Harnessing Newton’s global analyst resources, and adhering to our investment framework focused on fundamentals, themes, valuations and ESG considerations.

Three overarching themes aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals – Earth, health and wealth.

Sustainable ‘red lines’, with responsible investment team validation, seek to ensure there is no investment in security issuers that:

  • Breach the UN Global Compact
  • Are incompatible with a 2˚C world
  • Are deemed to have material ESG risks which are likely to negatively affect future performance and are associated with significant social or environmental harm

Focus on innovative companies and dynamic management teams that provide solutions and benefit from growth opportunities.

Every time we consider a security or look at an industry or country, it’s in the context of what’s happening across the world. We believe the investment landscape is shaped over the long term by some key trends, and we use a range of global investment themes to capture these.

Investment team

Our Sustainable Global Emerging Markets strategy is managed by an experienced team. Our dedicated responsible investment team is an integral part of the investment process and has the power of veto. Guided by our global investment themes, we seek to identify opportunities and risks through research and debate.

18
years’ average investment experience
11
years’ average time at Newton

Strategy profile

Objective

To achieve long-term capital growth by investing in emerging-market securities that demonstrate attractive investment attributes and are deemed by Newton to be sustainable.

Performance benchmark

MSCI Emerging Markets Index (NDR)

Typical number of equity holdings

Typically 45-65 holdings


Strategy inception

December 2021

Strategy available through pooled UK vehicle

BNY Mellon Sustainable Global Emerging Markets Fund

View Key Investor Information Document
View prospectus
Sustainable Global Emerging Markets brochure

Brochure

More detail on the strategy’s investment approach

Your capital may be at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the original amount invested.

Newton will make investment decisions that are not based solely on ESG considerations. Other attributes of an investment may outweigh ESG considerations when making investment decisions. The way that ESG considerations are assessed and the assessment of their suitability for NIM’s sustainable strategies may vary depending on the asset class and strategy involved. For Newton’s sustainable strategies, ESG Quality Reviews are performed prior to investment for corporate investments (single name equity and fixed income securities).

Key investment risks

  • Objective/performance risk: There is no guarantee that the strategy will achieve its objectives.
  • Currency risk: This strategy invests in international markets which means it is exposed to changes in currency rates which could affect the value of the strategy.
  • Geographic concentration risk: The strategy primarily invests in a single market which may have a significant impact on the value of the strategy.
  • Derivatives risk: Derivatives are highly sensitive to changes in the value of the asset from which their value is derived. A small movement in the value of the underlying asset can cause a large movement in the value of the derivative. This can increase the sizes of losses and gains, causing the value of your investment to fluctuate. When using derivatives, the Strategy can lose significantly more than the amount it has invested in derivatives.
  • Emerging markets risk: Emerging Markets have additional risks due to less-developed market practices.
  • Concentration risk: A fall in the value of a single investment may have a significant impact on the value of the strategy because it typically invests in a limited number of investments.
  • Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect and/or the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect (‘Stock Connect’) risk: The strategy may invest in China A shares through Stock Connect programmes. These may be subject to regulatory changes and quota limitations. An operational constraint such as a suspension in trading could negatively affect the strategy’s ability to achieve its investment objective.
  • Counterparty risk: The insolvency of any institutions providing services such as custody of assets or acting as a counterparty to derivatives or other contractual arrangements, may expose the strategy to financial loss.
  • Sustainable strategies risk: The strategy follows a sustainable investment approach, which may cause it to perform differently than strategies that have a similar objective but which do not integrate sustainable investment criteria when selecting securities. The strategy will not engage in stock lending activities and, therefore, may forego any additional returns that may be produced through such activities.

Strategy highlights

  • Embedding environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis to look beyond the financial statements
  • Investing in companies that positively manage the material impacts of their operations and products on the environment and society
  • Actively omitting companies involved in areas of high social cost, environmental degradation or violators of the UN Global Compact Principles

Our philosophy and process

Harnessing Newton’s global analysis resources, the strategy adheres to our investment framework focused on fundamentals, themes, valuations and ESG considerations.

We focus on innovative companies and dynamic management teams that provide solutions and benefit from growth opportunities. Active corporate engagement and proxy voting provide powerful feedback loops that make us more informed shareholders who promote positive corporate development.

Sustainable ‘red lines’, with responsible investment team validation, seek to ensure there is no investment in security issuers that:

  • Breach the UN Global Compact
  • Are incompatible with a 2˚C world
  • Are deemed to have material ESG risks which are likely to negatively affect future performance and are associated with significant social or environmental harm

The strategy seeks to avoid investing in companies that participate in specific areas of activity that we deem to be harmful from an environmental and/or social perspective.

Every time we consider a security or look at an industry or country, it’s in the context of what’s happening across the world. We believe the investment landscape is shaped over the long term by some key trends, and we use a range of global investment themes to capture these.

Investment team

Our Sustainable Global Equity strategy is managed by a team with a wide range of backgrounds and varied experience. Our investment team of research analysts and portfolio managers works together across regions and sectors, helping to ensure that our investment process is highly flexible. Our dedicated responsible investment team is an integral part of the investment decision-making process. Guided by our global investment themes, we seek to identify opportunities and risks through research and debate.

19
years’ average investment experience
11
years’ average time at Newton

Strategy profile

Objective

The strategy seeks to outperform the MSCI AC World (NDR) Index by more than 2% per annum over rolling 5-year periods by achieving long-term capital growth from a portfolio of global securities that demonstrate attractive investment attributes and sustainable business practices.

Performance benchmark

MSCI AC World Index (NDR)

Typical number of equity holdings

50 or fewer

Strategy inception

Composite inception: 1 February 2018


Strategy available through pooled UK vehicle

BNY Mellon Sustainable Global Equity Fund

View fund performance
View Key Investor Information Document
View prospectus

UK Inst Sustainable Global Equity strategy factsheet

Strategy factsheet

Performance and commentary for the last quarter.


RI report Sustainable global equity

Responsible investment report

Stewardship activities (voting and engagement) for the last quarter and ESG metrics.

Your capital may be at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the original amount invested.

Newton will make investment decisions that are not based solely on ESG considerations. Other attributes of an investment may outweigh ESG considerations when making investment decisions. The way that ESG considerations are assessed and the assessment of their suitability for Newton’s sustainable strategies may vary depending on the asset class and strategy involved. For Newton’s sustainable strategies, ESG Quality Reviews are performed prior to investment for corporate investments (single name equity and fixed income securities).

Key investment risks

  • Objective/performance risk: There is no guarantee that the strategy will achieve its objectives.
  • Currency risk: This strategy invests in international markets which means it is exposed to changes in currency rates which could affect the value of the strategy.
  • Derivatives risk: Derivatives are highly sensitive to changes in the value of the asset from which their value is derived. A small movement in the value of the underlying asset can cause a large movement in the value of the derivative. This can increase the sizes of losses and gains, causing the value of your investment to fluctuate. When using derivatives, the strategy can lose significantly more than the amount it has invested in derivatives.
  • Emerging markets risk: Emerging Markets have additional risks due to less-developed market practices.
  • Concentration risk: A fall in the value of a single investment may have a significant impact on the value of the strategy because it typically invests in a limited number of investments.
  • Sustainable strategies risk: The strategy follows a sustainable investment approach, which may cause it to perform differently than strategies that have a similar objective but which do not integrate sustainable investment criteria when selecting securities. The strategy will not engage in stock lending activities and, therefore, may forego any additional returns that may be produced through such activities.
  • Counterparty risk: The insolvency of any institutions providing services such as custody of assets or acting as a counterparty to derivatives or other contractual arrangements, may expose the strategy to financial loss.
  • Investment in infrastructure companies risk: The value of investments in Infrastructure Companies may be negatively impacted by changes in the regulatory, economic or political environment in which they operate.

Strategy highlights

  • Pursuing an asymmetric return profile (low downside market capture), with active stock selection guided by our investment themes, fundamentals and valuation
  • Disciplined approach seeks to ensure that every stock and the overall portfolio compounds at a higher yield than that of the market, and that dividends are underpinned by sustainable cash-flow streams
  • ESG analysis positively identifies companies which effectively incorporate sustainability into their core business and strategy, while actively omitting companies involved in areas of high social cost, environmental degradation or violators of the UN Global Compact Principles

Our philosophy and process

Harnessing Newton’s global analysis resources, the strategy adheres to our investment framework focused on fundamentals, themes, valuations and ESG considerations.

We focus on innovative companies and dynamic management teams that provide solutions and benefit from growth opportunities. Active corporate engagement and proxy voting provide powerful feedback loops that make us more informed shareholders who promote positive corporate development.

Our investment philosophy acknowledges that investing is inherently probabilistic in nature. We believe a focus on dividend sustainability leans the statistics to our advantage, reflecting the powerful evidence that dividends, and the reinvestment of dividends, represent the dominant sources of long-term real returns in markets across the world.

The disciplines of our investment process aim to capture and enhance the statistical tailwind of dividends in three ways. First, our strict yield discipline seeks to ensure that every stock and the portfolio as a whole always compound at a higher yield than that of the market. This provides an objective discipline which prevents stock ‘love affairs’ and other behavioural impediments. Second, we look to enhance this tailwind by ensuring underlying cash flows are sustainable and have the ability to suffer without threatening the dividend. Third, we aim to enhance this further still by capturing a valuation margin of safety.

Individually, these three features of yield, dividend sustainability and valuation are statistically attractive and easy to find. However, in combination they are rare and typically require some element of controversy. Our process therefore focuses on identifying key ‘buckets’ of controversy where we believe the market repeatedly offers up such opportunities.

Sustainable ‘red lines’, with responsible investment team validation, seek to ensure there is no investment in security issuers that:

  • Breach the UN Global Compact
  • Are incompatible with a 2˚C world
  • Are deemed to have material ESG risks which are likely to negatively affect future performance and are associated with significant social or environmental harm

The strategy seeks to avoid investing in companies that participate in specific areas of activity that we deem to be harmful from an environmental and/or social perspective.

A constantly evolving and forward-looking approach seeks to anticipate change, manage risk, and identify opportunities. Every time we consider a security or look at an industry or country, it’s in the context of what’s happening across the world. We believe the investment landscape is shaped over the long term by some key trends, and we use a range of global investment themes to capture these.

Investment team

Our Sustainable Global Equity Income strategy is managed by an experienced team. Our investment team of research analysts and portfolio managers works together across regions and sectors, helping to ensure that our investment process is highly flexible. Our dedicated responsible investment team is an integral part of the investment decision-making process. Guided by our global investment themes, we seek to identify opportunities and risks through research and debate.

23
years’ average investment experience
19
years’ average time at Newton

Strategy profile

Objective

The strategy seeks to outperform the FTSE W World Index by more than 2% per annum over rolling 5-year periods, by achieving income and capital growth from a global portfolio comprised of companies that typically yield at least 25% greater than the FTSE W World Index yield, and which demonstrate attractive investment attributes and sustainable business practices.

Performance benchmark

FTSE W World Index


Typical number of equity holdings

70 or fewer


Strategy inception

18 July 2019

Strategy available through pooled UK vehicle

BNY Mellon Sustainable Global Equity Income Fund

View Key Investor Information Document
View prospectus

UK Inst Sustainable Global Equity Income strategy factsheet

Strategy factsheet

Performance and commentary for the last quarter.


RI report Sustainable global equity income

Responsible investment report

Stewardship activities (voting and engagement) for the last quarter and ESG metrics.


Sustainable Global Equity Income Brochure

Brochure

More detail on the strategy’s investment approach.

Your capital may be at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the original amount invested.

Newton will make investment decisions that are not based solely on ESG considerations. Other attributes of an investment may outweigh ESG considerations when making investment decisions. The way that ESG considerations are assessed and the assessment of their suitability for Newton’s sustainable strategies may vary depending on the asset class and strategy involved. For Newton’s sustainable strategies, ESG Quality Reviews are performed prior to investment for corporate investments (single name equity and fixed income securities).

Key investment risks

  • Objective/performance risk: There is no guarantee that the strategy will achieve its objectives.
  • Currency risk: This strategy invests in international markets which means it is exposed to changes in currency rates which could affect the value of the strategy.
  • Derivatives risk: Derivatives are highly sensitive to changes in the value of the asset from which their value is derived. A small movement in the value of the underlying asset can cause a large movement in the value of the derivative. This can increase the sizes of losses and gains, causing the value of your investment to fluctuate. When using derivatives, the strategy can lose significantly more than the amount it has invested in derivatives.
  • Emerging markets risk: Emerging Markets have additional risks due to less-developed market practices.
  • Concentration risk: A fall in the value of a single investment may have a significant impact on the value of the strategy because it typically invests in a limited number of investments.
  • Sustainable strategies risk: The strategy follows a sustainable investment approach, which may cause it to perform differently than strategies that have a similar objective but which do not integrate sustainable investment criteria when selecting securities. The strategy will not engage in stock lending activities and, therefore, may forego any additional returns that may be produced through such activities.
  • Investment in infrastructure companies risk: The value of investments in Infrastructure Companies may be negatively impacted by changes in the regulatory, economic or political environment in which they operate.
  • Counterparty risk: The insolvency of any institutions providing services such as custody of assets or acting as a counterparty to derivatives or other contractual arrangements, may expose the strategy to financial loss.
  • High yield companies risk: Companies with high-dividend rates are at a greater risk of not being able to meet these payments and are more sensitive to interest rate risk. 

Strategy highlights

  • Embedding environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis to look beyond the financial statements
  • Investing in securities issued or guaranteed by the UK government, and bonds of companies that positively manage the material impacts of their operations and products on the environment and society
  • Avoidance of bonds with material ESG risks which are likely to negatively affect future performance

Our philosophy and process

Sustainable ‘red lines’, with responsible investment team validation, seek to ensure there is no investment in security issuers that:

  • Breach the UN Global Compact
  • Are incompatible with a 2˚C world
  • Are deemed to have material ESG risks which are likely to negatively affect future performance and are associated with significant social or environmental harm

The strategy seeks to avoid investing in companies that participate in specific areas of activity that we deem to be harmful from an environmental and/or social perspective.

We seek to engage with companies where ESG issues are resolvable and can be improved, and report on that activity.

Every time we consider a security or look at an industry or country, it’s in the context of what’s happening across the world. We believe the investment landscape is shaped over the long term by some key trends, and we use a range of global investment themes to capture these

Investment team

Our Sustainable Sterling Bond strategy is managed by a focused, experienced fixed-income team. Our investment team of research analysts and portfolio managers works together across regions and sectors, helping to ensure that our investment process is highly flexible. Our dedicated responsible investment team is an integral part of the investment decision-making process. Guided by our global investment themes, the team works together to identify opportunities and risks through research and debate.

21
years’ average investment experience
14
years’ average time at Newton

Strategy profile

Objective

To achieve capital growth and income by investing predominantly in fixed-interest securities that are denominated in sterling or hedged back to sterling. It invests in securities issued or guaranteed by the UK government, and sterling-denominated fixed-interest securities of companies that both have durable financial and competitive positions and manage positively the material impacts of their operations and products on the environment and society.

Strategy inception

Composite inception: 1 June 2018

Strategy available through pooled UK vehicle

BNY Mellon Sustainable Sterling Bond Fund

View Key Investor Information Document
View prospectus
RI report Sustainable Sterling Bond

Responsible investment report

Stewardship activities (voting and engagement) for the last quarter and ESG metrics.


Sustainable investment strategies brochure

Brochure

More detail on the strategy’s investment approach

Your capital may be at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the original amount invested.

Newton will make investment decisions that are not based solely on ESG considerations. Other attributes of an investment may outweigh ESG considerations when making investment decisions. The way that ESG considerations are assessed and the assessment of their suitability for Newton’s sustainable strategies may vary depending on the asset class and strategy involved. For Newton’s sustainable strategies, ESG Quality Reviews are performed prior to investment for corporate investments (single name equity and fixed income securities).

Key investment risks

  • Objective/performance risk: There is no guarantee that the strategy will achieve its objectives.
  • Currency risk: This strategy invests in international markets which means it is exposed to changes in currency rates which could affect the value of the portfolio.
  • Geographic concentration risk: The strategy primarily invests in a single market which may have a significant impact on the value of the strategy.
  • Derivatives risk: Derivatives are highly sensitive to changes in the value of the asset from which their value is derived. A small movement in the value of the underlying asset can cause a large movement in the value of the derivative. This can increase the sizes of losses and gains, causing the value of your investment to fluctuate. When using derivatives, the strategy can lose significantly more than the amount it has invested in derivatives.
  • Changes in interest rates & inflation risk: Investments in bonds/money market securities are affected by interest rates and inflation trends which may negatively affect the value of the strategy.
  • Credit ratings and unrated securities risk: Bonds with a low credit rating or unrated bonds have a greater risk of default. These investments may negatively affect the value of the strategy.
  • Credit risk: The issuer of a security held by the strategy may not pay income or repay capital to the strategy when due.
  • Sustainable strategies risk: The strategy follows a sustainable investment approach, which may cause it to perform differently than strategies that have a similar objective but which do not integrate sustainable investment criteria when selecting securities. The strategy will not engage in stock lending activities and, therefore, may forego any additional returns that may be produced through such activities.
  • CoCos risk: Contingent Convertible Securities (CoCos) convert from debt to equity when the issuer’s capital drops below a pre-defined level. This may result in the security converting into equities at a discounted share price, the value of the security being written down, temporarily or permanently, and/or coupon payments ceasing or being deferred.
  • Counterparty risk: The insolvency of any institutions providing services such as custody of assets or acting as a counterparty to derivatives or other contractual arrangements, may expose the strategy to financial loss.

Strategy highlights

  • Fundamental bottom-up research
  • Global thematic approach to investing targets areas with strong growth potential, not ‘old’ profit pools
  • Focus on high quality ‘compounders’ – exceptional, growing businesses that can sustain superior returns into the long term

Our philosophy and process

Harnessing Newton’s global analyst resources, and adhering to our investment framework focused on fundamentals, themes, valuations and ESG considerations.

Sustainable ‘red lines’, with responsible investment team validation, seek to ensure there is no investment in security issuers that:

  • Breach the UN Global Compact
  • Are incompatible with a 2˚C world
  • Are deemed to have material ESG risks which are likely to negatively affect future performance and are associated with significant social or environmental harm

Focus on innovative companies and dynamic management teams that provide solutions and benefit from growth opportunities.

Every time we consider a security or look at an industry or country, it’s in the context of what’s happening across the world. We believe the investment landscape is shaped over the long term by some key trends, and we use a range of global investment themes to capture these.

Investment team

Our Sustainable UK Opportunities strategy is managed by an experienced team. Our dedicated responsible investment team is an integral part of the investment decision-making process. Guided by our global investment themes, we seek to identify opportunities and risks through research and debate.

18
years’ average investment experience
10
years’ average time at Newton

Strategy profile

Objective

To achieve long-term capital growth from a concentrated portfolio invested primarily in UK securities with the capability to hold non-UK securities

Performance benchmark

FTSE All-Share

Typical number of equity holdings

30 to 50

Strategy size

£203m (as at 30 June 2022)

Strategy inception

8 December 2021

Strategy available through pooled UK vehicle

BNY Mellon Sustainable UK Opportunities Fund

View fund performance
View Key Investor Information Document
View prospectus
RI report Sustainable UK Opportunities

Responsible investment report

Stewardship activities (voting and engagement) for the last quarter and ESG metrics.

Your capital may be at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the original amount invested.

Newton will make investment decisions that are not based solely on ESG considerations. Other attributes of an investment may outweigh ESG considerations when making investment decisions. The way that ESG considerations are assessed and the assessment of their suitability for NIM’s sustainable strategies may vary depending on the asset class and strategy involved. For Newton’s sustainable strategies, ESG Quality Reviews are performed prior to investment for corporate investments (single name equity and fixed income securities).

Key investment risks

  • Objective/performance risk: The performance aim is not a guarantee, may not be achieved and a capital loss may occur. Strategies which have a higher performance aim generally take more risk to achieve this and so have a greater potential for returns to vary significantly.
  • Currency risk: This strategy invests in international markets which means it is exposed to changes in currency rates which could affect the value of the strategy.
  • Geographic concentration risk: The strategy primarily invests in a single market which may have a significant impact on the value of the strategy.
  • Derivatives risk: Derivatives are highly sensitive to changes in the value of the asset from which their value is derived. A small movement in the value of the underlying asset can cause a large movement in the value of the derivative. This can increase the sizes of losses and gains, causing the value of your investment to fluctuate. When using derivatives, the strategy can lose significantly more than the amount it has invested in derivatives.
  • Concentration risk: A fall in the value of a single investment may have a significant impact on the value of the strategy because it typically invests in a limited number of investments.
  • Sustainable strategies risk: The strategy follows a sustainable investment approach, which may cause it to perform differently than strategies that have a similar objective but which do not integrate sustainable investment criteria when selecting securities. The strategy will not engage in stock lending activities and, therefore, may forego any additional returns that may be produced through such activities.
  • Counterparty risk: The insolvency of any institutions providing services such as custody of assets or acting as a counterparty to derivatives or other contractual arrangements, may expose the strategy to financial loss.

Strategy highlights

  • Fundamental bottom-up research
  • Global thematic approach to investing targets areas with strong growth potential, not ‘old’ profit pools
  • Focus on high quality ‘compounders’ – exceptional, growing businesses that can generate superior returns over the long term

Our philosophy and process

Harnessing Newton’s global analyst resources, and adhering to our investment framework focused on fundamentals, themes, valuations and ESG considerations
Initial sustainable ‘red lines’ are only part of the process. We also bring our responsible investment team into the process to ensure our holdings’ sustainable credentials are robust and maintainable.

Focus on innovative companies and dynamic management teams that provide solutions and benefit from growth opportunities.

Every time we consider a security or look at an industry or country, it is in the context of what is happening across the world. We believe the investment landscape is shaped over the long term by certain key trends, and use a range of global investment themes to capture these.

Investment team

Our Sustainable European Opportunities strategy is managed by an experienced team. Our dedicated responsible investment team is an integral part of the investment decision-making process. Guided by our global investment themes, the team works together to identify opportunities and risks through research and debate

18
years’ average investment experience
11
years’ average time at Newton

Strategy profile

Objective

To achieve long-term capital growth from investment in European securities, excluding those in the UK

Performance benchmark

FTSE World Europe ex UK

Typical number of equity holdings

30 to 50

Strategy inception

8 December 2021

Strategy available through pooled UK vehicle

BNY Mellon Sustainable European Opportunities Fund

View fund performance
RI report Sustainable European Opportunities

Responsible investment report

Stewardship activities (voting and engagement) for the last quarter and ESG metrics.

Your capital may be at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the original amount invested.

Newton will make investment decisions that are not based solely on ESG considerations. Other attributes of an investment may outweigh ESG considerations when making investment decisions. The way that ESG considerations are assessed and the assessment of their suitability for Newton’s sustainable strategies may vary depending on the asset class and strategy involved. For Newton’s sustainable strategies, ESG Quality Reviews are performed prior to investment for corporate investments (single name equity and fixed income securities).

Key investment risks

  • Objective/performance risk: There is no guarantee that the strategy will achieve its objectives.
  • Currency risk: This strategy invests in international markets which means it is exposed to changes in currency rates which could affect the value of the strategy.
  • Geographic concentration risk: The strategy primarily invests in a single market which may have a significant impact on the value of the strategy.
  • Derivatives risk: Derivatives are highly sensitive to changes in the value of the asset from which their value is derived. A small movement in the value of the underlying asset can cause a large movement in the value of the derivative. This can increase the sizes of losses and gains, causing the value of your investment to fluctuate. When using derivatives, the strategy can lose significantly more than the amount it has invested in derivatives.
  • Emerging markets risk: Emerging Markets have additional risks due to less-developed market practices.
  • Concentration risk: A fall in the value of a single investment may have a significant impact on the value of the strategy because it typically invests in a limited number of investments.
  • Sustainable strategies risk: The strategy follows a sustainable investment approach, which may cause it to perform differently than strategies that have a similar objective but which do not integrate sustainable investment criteria when selecting securities. The strategy will not engage in stock lending activities and, therefore, may forego any additional returns that may be produced through such activities.
  • Counterparty risk: The insolvency of any institutions providing services such as custody of assets or acting as a counterparty to derivatives or other contractual arrangements, may expose the strategy to financial loss

Reports – Stewardship and climate-related disclosures

Q2 2022 ESG report

Q2 2022 ESG report – Our latest engagement and voting activities

Earlier editions of our responsible investment report are available from our report archive.
Responsible investment and stewardship

Responsible investment and stewardship 2021 annual report

TCFD report

Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) report

Responsible investment policies and principles

Responsible investment policies and principles

Case studies

This series explains why we believe active engagement can drive better investment decisions, and shares some specific examples of our engagement work.

Meet the team

Niall leads on developing and managing responsible investment data solutions. He also contributes to thematic research.

Jennifer is responsible for maintaining and expanding Newton’s efforts in relation to investor stewardship.

Alex leads on developing and managing responsible investment data solutions. He also contributes to thematic research.

*BNY Mellon India – outsourced service provider to Newton Investment Management.

Contact us

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