About This Strategy - [Return to Top]
Assets Under Management (AUM): $492.1M (in US$ millions)
Required Minimum: Retail minimum varies by platform; Institutional minimum is $5million
Benchmark used: Russell 3000 Growth
Strategy type: All Cap
Strategy description: The ClearBridge Multi Cap Growth ESG strategy seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation through investment in large-, mid-, and small- capitalization stocks that have the potential for above-average long-term earnings and/or cash flow growth. The strategy selects companies that can be held for long periods of time and integrates ESG factors into the fundamental research and stock-selection process.
Strategy web link: External Link
About The Company - [Return to Top]
Approach to Sustainable & Responsible Investment: ClearBridge Investments is a well-established global equity manager with approximately $105 billion in assets under management (as of 3/31/16). Established in 2005 with a legacy that dates back over 50 years, our long-tenured portfolio managers and fundamental research team focus on building equity portfolios for clients who seek income solutions, high active share or low volatility. Owned by Legg Mason, ClearBridge operates with investment independence from headquarters in New York and offices in Baltimore, San Francisco and Wilmington. The Firm’s well- established program for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing began in 1987. The hallmark of our ESG investing approach is our team of over 25 fundamental analysts who identify the relevant and material ESG drivers for their sector and portfolio coverage. Our analyst compensation includes their contribution to our ESG strategies. ClearBridge has an active proxy committee, engages directly with every portfolio holding on sustainability strategy, and offers access to the ESG portfolio managers and analysts.
Total AUM in SRI: $$2,900M (in US$ millions)
Research conducted: Internally
Researcher name: ClearBridge’s proprietary ESG evaluation process is integrated into fundamental research and stock selection as part of a bott
Specific Screening Information by Category - [Return to Top]
- Climate / Clean Technology: Positive Investment - ClearBridge ESG strategies proactively seek to invest in companies with direct involvement in clean technologies or climate impact solutions. Investment candidates need to meet both our financial and ESG criteria prior to recommendation for the portfolio. We may invest in companies whose sole business is related to clean technology, or whose subsidiaries have a major industry presence in this space.
- Pollution / Toxics: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies - ClearBridge ESG strategies proactively seek to invest in companies with strong environmental management systems, global environmental standards, pollution-reducing initiatives, greener products, and derive less waste. We tend to avoid companies with egregious and systematic environmental violations. We engage companies to drive environmental performance improvement and to benchmark and report on their environmental progress.
- Other Environmental: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies - ClearBridge ESG strategies approach environmental issues on a sector basis, in terms of identifying the drivers of environmental performance, as well as assigning the appropriate weighting of the environmental issues by sector. For example, the key environmental drivers for the Utility sector will be different than those for the Consumer discretionary sector. We encourage companies to place high standards on their own operations as well their vendor standards. Overall, our strategies seek best-in-class operations and shareholder value in achieving environmental improvements.
- Community Development: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies - We review the community impact of our portfolio holdings. We will seek good community relations and active involvement in volunteerism, education, philanthropy. We will also review any negative impacts to a community (environmental, human rights, etc) from a company's operations. We will directly engage with our portfolio holdings on community issues.
- Diversity & Equal Employment Opportunity: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies - We review the diversity of the workforce composition at the company, including the Board of Directors and senior management. We will seek disclosure on non-discrimination policies and specific inclusion of all employee groups.
- Human Rights: Positive Investment - We seek a high sensitivity to human rights by companies in their operations, site selection, hiring practices, supply chain standards, government partners, global standards, child labor issues, human trafficking, access to medicines, etc.
- Labor Relations: Positive Investment - We seek good workplace benefits, training programs, high retention ratios, diversity of the workforce, strong non-discrimination policies, high vendor standards, policy on child labor and fair wages, strong health & safety procedures, green workspace, mentoring programs, etc.
- Sudan: Restricted/Exclusionary Investment
- Board Issues: Positive Investment - We review the independence of the Board directors, diversity of the Board composition, director qualifications to add shareholder value, election cycles, and openness to discussions around sustainability issues at the company
- Executive Pay: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies - We review alignment of Executive Pay to company performance. We will vote our proxies accordingly as a fiduciary.
- Alcohol: Restricted/Exclusionary Investment - ClearBridge ESG strategies do not invest in companies which derive significant revenues from alcohol products.
- Animal Welfare: Positive Investment - ClearBridge ESG strategies seek to invest in companies with best practices in animal welfare and animal rights. We encourage our companies to reduce the use of animals in testing and/or find alternatives to animals. We ask our companies to address animal welfare/rights in their reporting process.
- Defense/Weapons: Restricted/Exclusionary Investment - ClearBridge ESG strategies do not invest in companies which derive significant revenues from weapons manufacture or firearms.
- Gambling: Restricted/Exclusionary Investment - ClearBridge ESG strategies do not invest in companies which derive significant revenues from gambling products or services.
- Tobacco: Restricted/Exclusionary Investment - ClearBridge ESG strategies do not invest in companies which derive significant revenues from tobacco products.
- Other/Qualitative: ClearBridge has an active proxy voting committee which is inclusive of portfolio managers, analysts, legal, institutional client services, and operations. As managers of ESG portfolios, we have an obligation to vote proxies in the best interest of our clients, considering both their financial interests as well as their values and beliefs. When making a decision, we examine each resolution offered and the context in which it applies. Our guidelines are updated each year to reflect emerging issues that our clients, or the sustainable investing community at large, are raising as concerns.
- 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