The fund invests in companies that have the explicit aim of addressing a range of societal and environmental issues the world is facing, while giving equal importance to healthy, long-term financial returns. We focus on six impact areas — three environmental and three social — in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. We invest in companies that aim to make a material, measurable, positive contribution towards these goals.
The fund seeks to address some of the world's major environmental and social concerns by supporting three types of companies.
Our journey begins with a list of 4,000 companies which is first screened for our specific ‘investibility’ market criteria, as well as screening out companies in breach of the UN Global Compact Principles on; human rights, labour, the environment and corruption, as well as other areas like the production of tobacco and weapons. To find out more about the M&G Positive Impact Fund, take a look at our fund overview.
The fund is focused on six impact areas;
ALK-Abelló is a pharmaceutical company that specialises in developing products for the more than 500 million people worldwide who suffer from allergies. Among its innovations have been immunotherapy tablets against some of the most common respiratory allergies – including grass pollen and house dust mites – that allow allergy patients to self-administer from the comfort of their own home, rather than suffering painful injections in a clinical setting. Innovations like this can positively transform lives.
∅rsted is a market-leading, Danish-based renewable energy company that strives to build a more sustainable energy future. Over the past 11 years, it has transformed from a company based on non-renewable energy sources to one based on green energy. ∅rsted has established itself as a global leader in offshore wind production, primarily engaging in the development, construction and operation of wind farms. In its relatively rapid transformation from ‘black’ to green energy, Ørsted aims to completely phase out its use of coal by 2023, while simultaneously looking to expand further into other renewable energy technologies.
DS Smith are Europe’s largest cardboard and paper recycler and a leading full-recycling and waste management company. Their aim is “to continually protect the natural environment and be recognised as a good neighbour in the local community”. Through their circular business model their impact is estimated to have saved 36 million trees in 2018. As a leading provider of corrugated packaging solutions DS Smith operate across 37 countries and employ over 29,000 people. Using their expertise from design to production and supply to recycling, they can offer high quality, environmentally friendly, innovative solutions and great service that looks at the whole of its customers’ packaging needs, not just one part.
Like any investment, you should carefully consider if the M&G Positive Impact Fund fits with your personal aims and objectives before investing. Importantly, you should also check that the profile of the fund matches your own investment timeframe and appetite for risk and reward.
The value of any fund's assets will go down as well as up. This will cause the value of your investment to fall as well as rise and you may get back less than you originally invested.