The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were created from a development rather than investment perspective. However, believing they can be a powerful way of identifying impact companies, we created the Hermes SDG Taxonomy earlier this year to clearly demonstrate connections between the goals and investment opportunities.
In our latest Quarterly Impact Report, we explain the methodology behind our SDG Taxonomy and demonstrate how it works using two case studies.
Tim Crockford joined Hermes in 2009 as a research analyst for the European Equities team covering the resources, oil & gas, agricultural chemicals, capital goods and the technology sector. He became lead portfolio manager of the Hermes Europe ex-UK Equity Fund in 2015 and joined Andrew Parry in forming the Impact team in August 2016, which launched the Hermes Impact Opportunities Fund in December 2017, which Tim also manages. Prior to joining Hermes, Tim worked at Execution Limited from July 2006 as a primary research analyst working on major projects in the consumer, retail and financial services sectors and then joined Sourcecap as an analyst in May 2008. Tim was raised and educated in Malta and graduated from the University of Malta in 2006 with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) degree, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce degree. In 2016, Tim featured in Financial News’s ‘40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Asset Management’, an editorial selection pick of the brightest up-and-coming men and women in the industry.
In our Q3 Impact Report, we explore next-generation sequencing and explain how two portfolio holdings in this field are generating positive impacts that support the delivery of the third United Nations Sustainable Development Goal – Good Health and Well-Being.
The Hermes Impact Opportunities Fund is a high-conviction global equity strategy with a bold objective. It aims to generate long-term outperformance by investing in companies succeeding in their core purpose: to generate value by creating positive and sustainable change that addresses the underserved needs of society and the environment. In this way, it focuses on tomorrow’s leading companies, today. In our Q2 Impact Report, we explain how two portfolio holdings – a global logistics company and a European bank – are generating positive social and environmental changes that support the delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We also introduce a new theme to help inform our stock selection: food security, which addresses the need to ensure productive farmlands for current and future generations.