Sustainable investing

What do you believe in?

We at Vontobel Asset Management want to help you make informed and active choices when it comes to ESG investing. But before you make a decision, you need to know what exactly your needs and beliefs are, and what investment approaches are available.

We start the discussion with a question: What do you believe in?

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards can serve multiple purposes. Do you look for ESG to improve financial performance? Does ESG stand for investments in line with your values and convictions? Or both of the above?

 

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Whatever your goals are, the ESG approach you choose will affect your portfolio. We have defined six categories which we use to describe ESG investments: impact investing, thematic, best-in-class, integration, engagement, and exclusion, categorizing them according to the motivation and the resulting effect.

The six approaches can be explained as follows:

Impact Investing

Investing in activities with a positive impact on the environment or society. The main focus here is “doing good”, rather than investment performance.

Thematic

Investment focused on opportunities related to a single theme or megatrend. Results in a concentrated portfolio that should perform if the trend develops as expected.

Best in class

Only invests in companies with excellent ESG performance relative to others in their sector, often based on external database information. The focus is not on companies with moderate ESG scores with other attractive characteristics.

Integration

Includes ESG as a fully integrated element of the investment process, with ESG scorings combined with other factors to support investment decisions. The aim is a portfolio blending ESG and other characteristics. It requires a purpose-built investment process and portfolio management staff able to conduct ESG alongside other types of investment analysis.

Engagement

Investors aim to influence company management to improve business practices. A wide range of engagement levels exist, ranging from proxy voting through to public engagement as practiced by prominent activist funds.

Exclusion

Filtering out undesirable companies or sectors, either based on convictions or on international norms e.g. regarding weapons. Typically applied at the start of the investment process. While the companies in the portfolio meet ESG minimum standards, other factors are more important for the shares.

How ESG adds value

One of the old myths about investing is that ESG and performance don’t go together. Actually, they do, according to a review of more than 2,000 academic studies (“ESG and financial performance: aggregated evidence from more than 2,000 empirical studies,” Friede, Busch and Bassen, December 2015). There are three core ways in which ESG can improve investment results.

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There is no “one size fits all”

We believe there is no “one size fits all” ESG approach. There are simply too many investment styles, investor objectives, geographies, and asset classes. Being an active asset manager, we develop specialized ESG strategies covering a wide range of client needs in a targeted manner. We are convinced this leads to better results than standardized products, such as passive ESG exchange traded funds (ETFs).

Looking for the “right” ESG approach already puts you on the path towards active investing. If you are ready to invest independently of a benchmark, we can help you start your journey. Here is an overview of our ESG product range and our processes.

ESG at Vontobel Asset Management is managed on three levels:

  • The Vontobel Sustainability Committee works at Group level, chaired by the CEO and sets specific sustainability targets
  • Within Vontobel AM, the ESG Investment Governance Committee is responsible for coordinating ESG investment approaches across investment teams
  • The ESG Competence Center delivers research to support investment teams

 

Our commitment to active ownership

We exercise voting rights at the annual meetings of companies whose shares we hold in our sustainable and thematic portfolios, and engage in active dialogue with them. To be able to do this efficiently, we work with leading service providers in the field of voting rights and corporate dialogue. Read our engagement policy. Read our voting policy.

Examples of how we exercise our voting rights and how we engage with companies can be found here. Vontobel Asset Management - Voting & Engagement Report

Key facts

Vontobel's heritage and strategic focus on sustainability help make us one of the leading asset managers for sustainable investing in Europe and Switzerland.

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Vontobel has a long tradition of corporate responsibility and sustainability. We are a founding member of Swiss Sustainable Finance, and have received numerous awards for our sustainable investment funds.

The sustainability rating agency ISS-oekom awarded Vontobel the rare "prime" status, and we received an above-average score “A+” for the implementation of the U.N. Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

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Vontobel
  • PRI signatory since 2010
  • Founding member of SSF, established in 2014
  • Climate-neutral since 2009
  • Participant of the United Nations Global Compact charter
Vontobel Asset Management

We launched our first equity fund with an ESG focus in 2001. Ever since, our sustainable equity offering has grown significantly in volume and importance. On the multi asset side, we gained substantial ESG expertise through the acquisition of Vescore in 2017. The transaction enabled us to harness the skills of some of the industry’s original pioneers and advocates. The year of 2018 saw the launch of a bond fund with a sustainability angle, an offering we plan to expand soon with similar fixed income products.

ESG options available in most asset classes

ESG approaches are now possible in most asset classes. However, there are limitations. For instance, if US issuers of high-yield bonds are mostly energy companies, it is impractical to build a well-diversified ESG portfolio in this segment. To include ESG in your portfolio, you need to consider your objective, asset class and geography.

 

Our approaches and to which asset classes they apply

 

Equities Multi asset Fixed income
Best-in-class Global
European
Switzerland
Global Global
Emerging markets
Switzerland
Integration Global
Emerging markets
Asian
Solutions available on request
Thematic
Clean technology
 

Our offering

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Vontobel Fund (CH) - Ethos Equities Swiss Mid & Small

Sustainable Equities Boutique Swiss Equities

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Vontobel Fund (CH) - Pension Invest Balanced

Multi Asset Boutique Moderate Allocation

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A CHF CH0281017506 28101750 108.10 -2.56% Sep 24 2020
I CHF CH0294813149 29481314 110.84 -2.44% Sep 24 2020
NV CHF CH0281018538 28101853 115.93 -2.14% Sep 24 2020
Vontobel Fund (CH) - Pension Invest Yield

Multi Asset Boutique Cautious Allocation

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I CHF CH0294813131 29481313 107.77 -0.58% Sep 24 2020
NV CHF CH0281016656 28101665 111.77 -0.29% Sep 24 2020
Vontobel Fund (CH) - Sustainable Balanced Allocation CHF

Multi Asset Boutique

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A CHF CH0230779404 23077940 122.25 -1.31% Sep 24 2020
AN CHF CH0381682647 38168264 106.54 -1.05% Sep 24 2020
IA CHF CH0259492939 25949293 116.00 -1.05% Sep 24 2020
S CHF CH0230779438 23077943 125.76 -0.51% Sep 24 2020
Vontobel Fund (CH) - Sustainable Bond CHF Concept

Fixed Income Boutique Swiss Bonds

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AN CHF CH0381682654 38168265 100.91 -0.42% Sep 24 2020
IA CHF CH0259052691 25905269 102.05 -0.42% Sep 24 2020
S CHF CH0229324717 22932471 105.25 -0.35% Sep 24 2020
Vontobel Fund (CH) - Sustainable Global Equity ex Switzerland Concept

Sustainable Equities Boutique Global Equities

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S CHF CH0248079227 24807922 138.15 0.88% Sep 24 2020
Vontobel Fund (CH) - Sustainable Swiss Equity

Sustainable Equities Boutique Swiss Equities

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A CHF CH0046922354 4692235 244.18 -2.78% Sep 24 2020
AN CHF CH0294647554 29464755 134.32 -2.28% Sep 24 2020
I CHF CH0381683991 38168399 115.08 -2.73% Sep 24 2020
IA CHF CH0046964547 4696454 261.54 -2.28% Sep 24 2020
S CHF CH0414998804 41499880 144.93 -1.66% Sep 24 2020
Vontobel Fund - Clean Technology

Sustainable Equities Boutique Thematic Equities

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AN CHF LU1683484874 38261395 116.92 6.26% Sep 24 2020
B EUR LU0384405600 4513015 380.39 6.29% Sep 24 2020
B CHF LU1407930780 32492550 259.87 5.61% Sep 24 2020
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H (hedged) CHF LU1407930947 32499576 142.13 6.08% Sep 24 2020
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HN (hedged) CHF LU1683485095 38261401 123.24 6.70% Sep 24 2020
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I EUR LU0384405949 4513022 421.65 6.97% Sep 24 2020
N EUR LU1598842364 36446865 127.80 6.94% Sep 24 2020
N CHF LU1683484957 38261399 117.35 6.25% Sep 24 2020
N GBP LU1618348236 36844166 134.01 15.75% Sep 24 2020
Vontobel Fund - European Mid And Small Cap Equity

Sustainable Equities Boutique European Equities

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A EUR LU0120692511 1128461 212.48 -14.07% Sep 24 2020
AN EUR LU1683485335 38261416 91.73 -13.55% Sep 24 2020
B EUR LU0120694483 1128462 229.14 -14.07% Sep 24 2020
C EUR LU0137005756 1301568 198.90 -14.45% Sep 24 2020
I EUR LU0278089486 2870663 179.27 -13.53% Sep 24 2020
N EUR LU1683480880 38261495 93.13 -13.55% Sep 24 2020
Vontobel Fund - mtx Sustainable Asian Leaders (ex Japan)

Sustainable Equities Boutique Asia Pacific Equities

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H (hedged) EUR LU0384409693 4514046 342.78 2.58% Sep 25 2020
HI (hedged) EUR LU0384409933 4514053 376.92 3.24% Sep 25 2020
HN (hedged) EUR LU1683482589 38261481 101.13 3.21% Sep 25 2020
I USD LU0384410279 4514057 437.48 4.58% Sep 25 2020
N USD LU1683484445 38261488 109.24 4.55% Sep 25 2020
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Vontobel Fund - mtx Sustainable Emerging Markets Leaders

Sustainable Equities Boutique Emerging Markets Equities

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G USD LU1767066605 40236190 99.12 -0.15% Sep 24 2020
H (hedged) EUR LU1646585114 37470435 106.61 -2.43% Sep 24 2020
HI (hedged) EUR LU1650589762 37574631 106.61 -1.79% Sep 24 2020
HI (hedged) CHF LU1550202615 35324235 125.35 -2.02% Sep 24 2020
HN (hedged) CHF LU1725744830 39290546 97.99 -1.91% Sep 24 2020
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N GBP LU1618348582 36844873 129.00 3.85% Sep 24 2020
S USD LU1572142096 35836106 144.13 0.25% Sep 24 2020
Vontobel Fund - Multi Asset Income

Multi Asset Boutique Moderate Allocation

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Vontobel Fund - Sustainable Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond

Fixed Income Boutique Emerging Markets Bonds

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Vontobel Fund - Sustainable Global Bond

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HS (hedged) CHF LU1246875196 28531631 108.95 3.90% Sep 24 2020
I EUR LU1246874629 28531625 110.22 3.88% Sep 24 2020
Vontobel Fund - TwentyFour Sustainable Short Term Bond Income

TwentyFour Asset Management Investment Grade

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