Last updated: 09:31 / Tuesday, 14 April 2020
Pictet Asset Management

Performance that Doesn't Have to Cost the Planet

  • The move to safeguard the world’s natural resources will benefit companies that can provide solutions to the global environmental challenge
  • With the Pictet-Global Environmental Opportunities (GEO) fund investors can capture investment opportunities from across the $2trn environmental sector, a market which we expect to grow 6 per cent per year (1)
  • The fund invests in the world’s most environmentally-responsible public companies – those with a small environmental footprint and that are building products or services that have a positive impact on the environment

Sustainable investment not only protects the world for tomorrow's generations. It can also provide superior returns for investors.

The move to safeguard the world’s natural resources will benefit companies that can provide solutions to the global environmental challenge.

With the Pictet-Global Environmental Opportunities (GEO) fund investors can capture investment opportunities from across the $2 trn environmental sector, a market which Pictet Asset Management expect to grow 6 per cent per year (1).

 At a glance

  • Invest exclusively in companies solving global environmental challenges such as pollution control, water supply, renewable energy, waste management and sustainable agriculture. The fund is also a good option for those who don’t want to invest in sectors such as oil and gas or mining.
  • The fund invests in the world’s most environmentally-responsible public companies – those with a small environmental footprint and that are building products or services that have a positive impact on the environment.
  • Pictet Asset Management believes the fund could be a good alternative to traditional global equity funds for this portion of an investors’ portfolio, and for those who want to benefit the environment whilst investing.

Performance that does not have to cost the planet

Investors don’t necessarily have to compromise on performance if they want to invest sustainably. As leaders in both thematic and responsible investing, we combine the two to deliver strong investment performance for our clients, as well as sustainable growth for the planet.

PICTET-Global Environmental Opportunities FUND

Pictet AM

Source: Pictet Asset Management. Data as of 31.12.2019. Performance is for the I USD share class, net of fees. Past performance is not a guide to the future.

How can investors measure the environmental benefits of their investments?

Once a niche activity, environmental investing is now moving into the mainstream. The problem investors face is that there is no universally accepted method for measuring a company’s environmental footprint. So how do you know if your fund is delivering the environmental benefits it promised?

Our distinctive process is based on a scientific, rule-based framework. The Planetary Boundaries model was developed in 2009 by a group including scientists from the Stockholm Resilience Centre and identifies nine of the most critical environmental dimensions that are essential to maintain a stable biosphere required for human development and prosperity. These include carbon emissions or climate change, fresh water, land use, biodiversity and others.

The team use this framework to identify companies with the strongest environmental credentials across their entire value chain, from the extraction of raw materials and manufacturing processes, through to distribution and transport, product use, disposal and recycling.

Demonstrable impact...

Using the Planetary Boundaries framework to compare Pictet Global Environmental Opportunities versus MSCI World Index

Pictet AM

Source: Pictet Asset Management, NEOSIS, 30.06.2019

As the chart above shows, the fund achieves a significantly more positive environmental impact than that of a typical global equity index across all nine dimensions, particularly in climate change. For example, as shown above in the top left chart, carbon dioxide emissions of companies in our portfolio stand at 454 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per million dollar of annual revenue (tCO2 eq/mn$), compared with 1,948 tonnes for the MSCI World index.

 

What are the risks?

  • Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value and income of an investment can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the amount originally invested.
  • The fund may be invested in emerging markets. Investments in emerging markets can potentially be of higher risk and volatility than those in developed markets.
  • Investments are made in assets that are denominated in foreign currency and are not hedged back to the base currency of the fund. Changes in exchange rates may therefore affect the value of the investments.

 

Notes:

(1)Source: Pictet Asset Management 2018.

 

Read more on our GEO strategy

 

Important notes

This marketing material is issued by Pictet Asset Management (Europe) S.A.. It is neither directed to, nor intended for distribution or use by, any person or entity who is a citizen or resident of, or domiciled or located in, any locality, state, country or jurisdiction where such distribution, publication, availability or use would be contrary to law or regulation. Only the latest version of the fund’s prospectus, KIID (Key Investor Information Document), regulations, annual and semi-annual reports may be relied upon as the basis for investment decisions. These documents are available on assetmanagement.pictet or at Pictet Asset Management (Europe) S.A., 15, avenue J. F. Kennedy, L-1855 Luxembourg.

The information and data presented in this document are not to be considered as an offer or solicitation to buy, sell or subscribe to any securities or financial instruments or services.

Information, opinions and estimates contained in this document reflect a judgment at the original date of publication and are subject to change without notice. Pictet Asset Management (Europe) S.A. has not taken any steps to ensure that the securities referred to in this document are suitable for any particular investor and this document is not to be relied upon in substitution for the exercise of independent judgment. Tax treatment depends on the individual circumstances of each investor and may be subject to change in the future. Before making any investment decision, investors are recommended to ascertain if this investment is suitable for them in light of their financial knowledge and experience, investment goals and financial situation, or to obtain specific advice from an industry professional.

The value and income of any of the securities or financial instruments mentioned in this document may fall as well as rise and, as a consequence, investors may receive back less than originally invested.

Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future performance. Performance data does not include the commissions and fees charged at the time of subscribing for or redeeming shares. This marketing material is not intended to be a substitute for the fund’s full documentation or any information which investors should obtain from their financial intermediaries acting in relation to their investment in the fund or funds mentioned in this document.

Any index data referenced herein remains the property of the Data Vendor. Data Vendor Disclaimers are available on assetmanagement.pictet in the “Resources” section of the footer.

This document is a marketing communication issued by Pictet Asset Management and is not in scope for any MiFID II/MiFIR requirements specifically related to investment research. This material does not contain sufficient information to support an investment decision and it should not be relied upon by you in evaluating the merits of investing in any products or services offered or distributed by Pictet Asset Management

 

 

menu
menu