Standard Life Investments has announced the imminent launch of its European Equity Ethical Fund which will be available to investors from Monday 24th September. The Fund will primarily appeal to investors looking for exposure to European equities in an investment product which reflects their concerns on social and environmental issues.
Lead fund manager of the European Equity Ethical Fund, Stuart Fraser said, "The fund is ideally suited to investors looking for long-term capital growth and who are excited by the prospects of the dynamic environment of Europe's stock markets. We will be looking to invest in companies that meet our existing ethical criteria1 and will actively exclude companies that fail to meet with prescribed standards. We will include however, companies whose business activities are regarded as making a positive contribution - in terms of preserving the environment or improving the quality and safety of human life. In essence, this fund will follow the same consistent and robust investment process adopted by the UK Ethical and Ethical Corporate Bond funds whilst offering the diversification of a dynamic European portfolio.
"The fund will be benchmarked against the IMA Europe ex UK sector and its aim for investment performance is to be consistently above the average fund in the sector for periods of up to one year, and to be top quartile for all longer periods."
Jacqueline Kerr, Head of Mutual Fund Investments at Standard Life Investments, said, "This is an exciting addition to the asset class set of our ethical fund range which to date encompasses UK Equities (UK Ethical Fund) and Fixed Interest (Ethical Corporate Bond Fund). The fund will draw on the knowledge and expertise of our highly experienced European Equities and SRI teams. Stuart Fraser has over 20 years experience in the industry and has proven the strength of his ability most recently through the consistent and robust performance he has generated for our European Equity Growth Fund which has returned top decile performance over 1, 2 and 3 years and top quartile over 5 years (Morningstar for the period to 1st September 2007, bid-bid).
"Through our approach to corporate governance and socially responsible investing, we have gained a reputation as one of the leading UK institutions in this field. I am confident that our influence in encouraging best practise in environmental and social management within companies, matched with the experience and excellent stock-picking skills of our European equities team, will prove a successful combination for ethical investors."
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