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Separate Account Managers in Sustainable and Responsible Investing

Strategy Profile:
Appleseed Long / Short ESG Download as PDF for Printing PDF Download

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About This Strategy - [Return to Top]

Assets Under Management (AUM): $3M (in US$ millions)

Required Minimum: --

Benchmark used: S&P 500 Composite Total Return

Strategy type: Equity Specialty

Strategy description: Appleseed Long/Short ESG is a fundamental value strategy with a core focus on integrating Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) factors. With an emphasis on margin of safety and capital preservation, this strategy implements a fundamental bottom-up research approach to identify high conviction positions in a range of asset classes from markets around the world. We seek to apply ESG criteria to identify investments on both the long and short side of the portfolio.

Strategy web link: www.appleseedcapital.com

 

About The Company - [Return to Top]

Institution Name:
Appleseed Capital, division of Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management

Approach to Sustainable & Responsible Investment: Appleseed Capital is the institutional arm of Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management, a Chicago based asset manager founded in 1990, with over $800 million in assets under management. Appleseed Capital strategies employ a go-anywhere value approach that integrates Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) criteria. Our primary investment goal has always been the preservation of capital, balanced against generating attractive rates of return over the long-term. We consider ourselves to be risk-averse investors, and we focus as much time and energy avoiding downside risk as we do generating positive returns for our investors.

Total AUM in SRI: $190M (in US$ millions)

Research conducted: Internally

Researcher name: Portfolio Managers

Contact info:
161 North Clark Street, Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60601
USA
Phone: 312-896-9660
Fax: 312-554-7505
Email: colin@appleseedcapital.com
Web: http://www.appleseedcapital.com (Opens in a new window)

 

Specific Screening Information by Category - [Return to Top]

Environment

  • Climate / Clean Technology: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies - While screening out criteria defined as companies that produce or refine coal, oil and gas, oil field services, equipment companies, and pipeline operators, we seek out investments in alternative energies such as solar and wind power. We also seek to invest in undervalued companies which are reducing the need for energy or providing alternative transportation products and services that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Pollution / Toxics: Restricted/Exclusionary Investment
  • Other Environmental: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies - We look for to invest in undervalued companies with strong environmental records and ideally who market a product or service which is beneficial for the environment.

Social

  • Diversity & Equal Employment Opportunity: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies
  • Human Rights: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies
  • Labor Relations: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies
  • Sudan: Restricted/Exclusionary Investment

Governance

  • Board Issues: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies
  • Executive Pay: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies

Products

  • Alcohol: Restricted/Exclusionary Investment
  • Animal Welfare: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies
  • Defense/Weapons: Restricted/Exclusionary Investment
  • Gambling: Restricted/Exclusionary Investment
  • Tobacco: Restricted/Exclusionary Investment

Other

  • Shareholder Engagement - Shareholder Resolutions: Filed or co-filed with companies on environmental, social or governance issues
  • Shareholder Engagement - Private Dialogue: Conducted with companies on environmental, social or governance issues
  • Proxy Voting: Actively voted by my institution for this investment strategy in support of environmental, social or governance issues in accordance with formal guidelines

 

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