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ATRAM launches PH’s first sustainability fund

ATR Asset Management (ATRAM) has rolled out a new investment product which aims to produce capital growth through a portfolio of shares in sustainability run companies.

ATRAM Philippine Sustainable Development and Growth Fund, is the country’s first sustainability fund anchored on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as set out by the United Nations.

The fund will initially consist of 20 large-, mid-, and small-cap companies listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) that have reported attractive returns relative to valuations.

“Through this fund, we hope to encourage PSE listed companies to integrate UN SDGs into their businesses. This means companies should always look after employee health and education, drive employment and not unemployment, invest significantly into R&D, take care of their environment, and other SDG-related responsibilities. If more companies pay it forward, we can make a huge difference for the environment, society, and the economy,” said Phillip Hagedorn, the chief investment officer of ATRAM.

The past year has seen increased interest in sustainable investing with the number of funds dedicated to investment strategies focused on environmental, social and governance factors also significantly growing.

“Sustainability is about investing in our future. The generation consisting of millennials and Gen Z is expected to be the biggest investor market in the next decade. This new generation has made it clear that sustainability is an important factor in the way they spend and invest.

ATRAM formed this Fund because we believe institutions and the youth should have a voice in how companies build their future,” Hagedorn said.

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