Sustainable Leaders Trust


Fund Objective

The Scheme’s investment objective is to achieve capital growth over the medium term (3-5 years) by investing at least 80% in the shares of UK companies listed on the London Stock Exchange that are deemed to make a positive contribution to society. The Scheme’s performance target is to outperform the FTSE All-Share Index (the "Index") over a rolling 5-year period. For further information on the Fund's index, please refer to the Prospectus, available via the fund information section of this website.

Fund manager

Mike Fox is Head of Sustainable Investments at RLAM. Mike has managed RL Sustainable Leaders Trust since November 2003, Sustainable World since launch and Sustainable Diversified since February 2014. Prior to this, he was deputy fund manager on the Co-operative Pension Fund for two years, before which he worked as an investment analyst. Mike won Citywire's 2007 award for "UK Growth Fund Manager of the Year".

Investment approach

The fund manager looks primarily for companies that he believes display better long-term prospects for growth than the broader stock market. Companies within the portfolio tend to be leaders in their field, with credible managements and strong business franchises. Quality is an important factor, and valuation is crucial.

RLAM's sustainable team favours a distinctive approach, integrating the consideration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, alongside financial analysis, throughout the investment process. Every holding has to meet key criteria and the team actively engage with the companies in which we invest to champion best practice on behalf of our clients, challenging companies on issues such as environmental policy and corporate governance standards.

The team’s exclusion policy is focused on avoiding companies believed to expose investors to unacceptable financial risk resulting from poor management of ESG issues.

This investment approach is characterised by a number of features:

  • Focus on long-term themes and trends such as infrastructure or changing demographics
  • Emphasis on active management across focused, high conviction ‘best ideas’ portfolios 
  • Valuation driven approach aimed at identifying mispriced opportunities
  • Low turnover with companies held within portfolios for typically 3 – 5 years
  • Careful analysis of company specific factors
  • Full integration of financial and ESG considerations throughout the investment process

Product Risk Warning

Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount originally invested. For funds that use derivatives, their use may be beneficial, however, they also involve specific risks. Derivatives may alter the economic exposure of a fund over time, causing it to deviate from the performance of the broader market.

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