Performance and Portfolio Update

  • In the third quarter, the Fund slightly outperformed the MSCI World Index.
  • The Fund’s Gender Leadership profile added to relative performance versus the MSCI World Index during the quarter. To measure and analyze the Gender Leadership contribution to relative performance we group stocks into four quartiles based on their Gender Leadership rank calculated by the Pax Gender Analytics team. For the quarter, companies ranked in the top quartile or the highest-rated gender leadership group added the most to relative performance. Longer term (39 months, since reorganization period), this highest-rated gender leadership group, and the Fund’s underweight to the lowest-ranked companies have fueled the Fund’s outperformance.
  • The Fund’s holdings performed relatively well across multiple sectors and regions for the third straight quarter. On a sector basis, the Financials sector produced the most relative return during the quarter led by gender leaders within Banks and Insurance companies. In addition, the Telecommunications and Information Technology sectors both produced positive relative results.
  • The Industrials sector and an underweight allocation to Aerospace & Defense, which are excluded from our investable universe, detracted the most from relative performance during the quarter. In addition, the Fund’s underweight allocation in the Oil, Gas and Consumable Fuels industry detracted from relative performance. This sector has notably fewer women in board and senior management roles than most others.
  • On a regional basis, the Fund’s holdings in North America, Europe and the Pacific regions added to relative performance during the quarter. Within North America, gender leaders in Canada produced the best relative results. In Europe, gender leaders in Norway, Finland and Switzerland produced positive relative performance. Within the Pacific region, the Fund’s underweight to Japan — no Japanese companies rank among the top 400 companies in the world based on our gender diversity criteria-added to relative performance.


(as of 9/30/17)
1-MonthQuarterYTD1 Year3 Year5 Year10 YearSince Inception1
Pax Ellevate Global Women's Index Fund - Individual Investor Class2.264.8617.7618.387.8710.983.516.91
Pax Ellevate Global Women's Index Fund - Institutional Classƒ2.294.8817.9618.638.1411.263.767.17
Pax Global Women's Leadership (Net) Index2.295.1816.7418.978.64----7.79
MSCI World (Net) Index2.244.8416.0118.177.6910.994.226.73
Lipper Global Multi-Cap Core Funds Index2.225.0416.8519.458.0710.935.156.73

Performance data quoted represent past performance, which does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. To obtain performance for the most recent month-end call 800.767.1729 or visit

Figures include reinvested dividends, capital gains distributions, and changes in principal value.

1The inception date for the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund Institutional Class is April 19, 2006 and the Individual Investor Class inception date is October 1, 1993.

Inception of Institutional Class shares is April 19, 2006. The performance information shown for Institutional Class shares represents the performance of the Retail Class shares of the earlier acquired Women’s Equity Fund shares for the period prior to Institutional Class inception. Expenses have not been adjusted to reflect the expenses allocable to Institutional Class shares or to reflect any differences in expenses between the earlier acquired Women’s Equity Fund and the Fund. If such expense adjustments and allocable expenses were reflected, the returns would be higher than those shown. Institutional Class inception date return since April 19, 2006 is 4.55% (annualized).

As of 5/1/17 prospectus, total annual Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund operating expenses, gross of any fee waivers or reimbursements (excluding Acquired Fund fees and expenses), for Individual Investor Class and Institutional Class shares are 0.90% and 0.65%, respectively.

Performance Attribution

Gender Rank

(as of 9/30/17)
Average Active Weights (%)
3-month Relative Contribution (%)Since Re-org
Relative Contribution (%)

XOther: ETFs (for short-term cash mgmt. purposes) and Cash & Equivalents.
The above attribution analysis compares the Fund to the MSCI World Index. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Portfolio Characteristics

(as of 9/30/17)
Market Cap (weighted avg.)$115,691M$124,467M
Forward Price/Earnings17.6417.61
Number of Securities4041,652


Top Ten Holdings

(as of 9/30/17)
Microsoft Corp. 2.8%, Facebook, Inc., Class A 2.1%, Texas Instruments, Inc. 2.0%, Procter & Gamble Co. 1.9%, Johnson & Johnson 1.8%, Principal Financial Group, Inc. 1.8%,, inc. 1.7%, KeyCorp. 1.7%, Alphabet, Inc., Class C 1.6% and Kering SA 1.5%. Holdings are subject to change.


Pax Gender Analytics creates a gender rank or gender score for every constituent within the MSCI World universe based on 5 key gender leaderships measures: representation of women on the board of directors, representation of women in executive management, female CEO, female CFO and signatory to Women’s Empowerment Principals.
ƒWeighted Average is an average in which each quantity to be averaged is assigned a weight. These weightings determine the relative importance of each quantity on the average.
~Forward Price-Earnings Ratio or P/E FY1 ratio is a ratio for valuing a company that measures its current share price relative to its per-share earnings over the next 12 months.
°Return on equity (ROE) is a ratio that provides investors insight into how efficiently a company (or more specifically, its management team) is managing the equity that shareholders have contributed to the company.
A historical Beta is used for Funds with greater than 2 years of performance history under the same mandate. Since Re-org Beta is used. Beta reflects the sensitivity of a Fund’s return to fluctuations in its benchmark; a beta for a benchmark is 1.00: a beta greater than 1.00 indicates above average volatility and risk.

The statements and opinions expressed are those of the author as of the date of this report. All information is historical and not indicative of future results and subject to change. This information is not a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

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Julie Gorte, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing

Julie Gorte is Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Pax World Funds.

She oversees environmental, social and governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as the firm’s shareholder engagement and public policy advocacy. Julie is also a member of the Impax Gender Analytics team.

Prior to joining the firm, Julie served as Vice President and Chief Social Investment Strategist at Calvert. Her experience before she joined the investment world in 1999 includes a various number of roles. Julie spent nearly 14 years as Senior Associate and Project Director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Additionally, she has held the roles of Vice President for Economic and Environmental Research at The Wilderness Society, and Program Manager for Technology Programs in the Environmental Protection Agency’s policy office and Senior Associate at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.

Julie serves on the boards of the Endangered Species Coalition, E4theFuture, Clean Production Action and is the board chair of the Sustainable Investments Institute.

Julie received a Ph.D. and Master of Science in resource economics from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science in forest management at Northern Arizona University.

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Heather Smith

Vice President, Lead Sustainability Research Analyst

Heather Smith is a Vice President, Sustainable Investing, and Lead Sustainability Research Analyst at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Pax World Funds.

She researches and evaluates the environmental, social and governance performance of companies for potential inclusion in the firm’s portfolios. She is also a member of the Impax Gender Analytics Team. Heather helps oversee the firm’s proxy voting and coordinates its gender‑related shareholder engagements.

Before joining the firm in 2007, Heather was a Legislative Aide for the New Hampshire State Senate. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire. She has also served as a member of the Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network steering committee.

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Scott LaBreche

Portfolio Manager

Scott LaBreche is Portfolio Manager & VP, Portfolio Analytics, at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Pax World Funds.

Scott is a Portfolio Manager of the Global Women’s Leadership Strategy, which includes the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund. He is also a Portfolio Manager of the Pax International Sustainable Economy Fund, the Pax Global Sustainable Infrastructure Fund and the Pax U.S. Sustainable Economy Fund.

He is responsible for portfolio management of systematic strategies, portfolio analytics and risk oversight, and quantitative ESG research.

Before joining Impax in 2007, Scott was a Securities Fund Analyst at Lincoln Financial Group. He has been in the investment management industry since 1999.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a Master of Business Administration with advanced certificate in finance from Southern New Hampshire University.

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