London, 4 December 2023 – Impax Asset Management (“Impax”), the specialist asset manager investing in the transition to a more sustainable economy, today announced the launch of the Global Social Leaders Strategy (“the Strategy”).

The Global Social Leaders Strategy seeks to generate long-term capital growth by investing in businesses with strong corporate cultures that are responding to long-term, secular, social trends. These include aging populations, the increased incidence of chronic disease, rising income in emerging markets, urbanization, and the impact of transformational technology across financial markets.

Impax believes that the investment opportunity to back companies that are benefiting from these societal trends is being undervalued by the market. The Strategy will seek out companies that also exhibit innovative, equitable and inclusive cultures, reflecting Impax’s view that a strong corporate culture is a powerful indicator of a company’s ability to outperform.

The Strategy is co-managed by Charles French, Deputy Chief Investment Officer and Amber Fairbanks, Portfolio Manager, who use a quantitative framework to establish an investable universe, including indicators of strong corporate culture such as low employee turnover, gender-diverse leadership and inclusive business practices. Stocks must pass through Impax’s proprietary 10-Step analysis, a framework which requires in-depth fundamental and ESG research, before they are eligible for the portfolio.

The Strategy is available in the United States and will be available in Europe, subject to the approval from the Central Bank of Ireland. The Strategy will use the MSCI All Country World Index for comparative purposes.

Amber Fairbanks, Portfolio Manager, Impax Asset Management said: “Although the market typically ignores culture for more easily understood metrics, strong culture can drive earnings growth through innovation, increased productivity, better relationships with suppliers and customers, and higher employee retention. Impax is exceptionally well positioned to launch this strategy given our history in quantifying behavior to support alpha generation, and our focus on long-term secular trends underestimated by the market.”

Charles French, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Impax Asset Management added: “The launch of the Global Social Leaders Strategy leverages Impax’s proven investment process, which draws on more than 25 years’ experience in thematic investing and quantitative behavioural assessments. By investing in the products and services that will be positively affected by long-term trends shaping society, we continue identify opportunities related to the transition to a more sustainable economy.”

In the United States, the strategy is also available as a Mutual Fund listed in the Institutional Class (IGSIX) and Investor Class (IGSLX).

The Strategy in Europe will be structured as Article 9 for the purposes of SFDR, and will be available in EUR, GBP, NOK, CHF and USD currencies.

About Impax Asset Management

Founded in 1998, Impax is a specialist asset manager, with approximately £37.4 billion/US $45.6 as at 30 September 2023 in both listed and private markets strategies, investing in the opportunities arising from the transition to a more sustainable global economy.

Impax believes that capital markets will be shaped profoundly by global sustainability challenges, including climate change, pollution and essential investments in human capital, infrastructure and resource efficiency. These trends will drive growth for well-positioned companies and create risks for those unable or unwilling to adapt.

The company seeks to invest in higher quality companies with strong business models that demonstrate sound management of risk. Impax offers a well-rounded suite of investment solutions spanning multiple asset classes seeking superior risk-adjusted returns over the medium to long term.

Impax has approximately 300 employees across its offices in the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, Hong Kong and Japan making it one of the investment management sector’s largest investment teams dedicated to sustainable development.

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