AB Sustainable Global Thematic Portfolio

AB Sustainable Global Thematic Portfolio

Responsible Investing for a Better World

Many equity investors want to help create social benefits while generating strong returns. Deploying a clear investment process that draws on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in research can help investors achieve these twin goals.

The value of an investment can go down as well as up and investors may not get back the full amount they invested. Capital is at risk.

What the Fund Offers

The AB Sustainable Global Thematic Portfolio aims to deliver long-term capital growth by investing in a diversified portfolio of companies positively exposed to environmentally or socially orientated investment themes derived from the UNSDGs.

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Strong Return Potential

  • Offers investors strong return potential over the long-term by investing exclusively in well-managed companies that are aligned with the UNSDGs.
  • Clear investment process that integrates ESG factors in all investment decisions to identify attractive investments with compelling growth prospects and valuations.
  • The estimated costs to achieving the UNSDGs are massive – roughly US$90 trillion*. The private sector will play a key role in achieving these goals, creating attractive investment opportunities for active equity investors.
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Investing for a Better World

  • Investors increasingly want to make ethical investments that make meaningful contributions to society, the environment and the world we live in.
  • Our strategy is aligned with the UNSDGs, and their corresponding 169 targets, which we condense into three core, investable themes: climate, health and empowerment.
  • In addition, we identify sub-themes within each of these categories to further clarify the investment opportunities represented by the UNSDGs. Sub-themes within climate, for example, include cleaner energy, resource efficiency, sustainable transportation, sanitation and recycling.

The value of an investment can go down as well as up and investors may not get back the full amount they invested. Capital is at risk.
*Source: United Nations as at 31 March 2020.

How it Works

We seek to generate attractive financial returns through investments that contribute to positive social and environmental outcomes.

Sustainability Goals & Theme Selection

With almost two decades of thematic investing experience, we invest in long-term, forward-looking themes — Climate, Health and Empowerment. We believe the SDGs are a powerful tool for identifying opportunities within our themes. We use a proprietary product identification methodology to find and only include those companies offering products, or have supply chains, that contribute to achieving the 17 UNSDGs.

Identifying the Strongest Candidates

Our team of sector experts conducts fundamental research to identify companies with the strongest UNSDG alignment, revenue growth, profitability and management quality. Analysts’ financial models incorporate a structured evaluation of material ESG factors to better gauge risk. The team collectively vets all investment candidates.

Building a High-Conviction Portfolio

The Portfolio reflects the team’s highest-conviction ideas with positions sized for optimal risk/reward and balanced theme exposure. A disciplined risk-management and sell process is designed to maintain these exposures over time. Our team engages with company management to address material ESG issues on an ongoing basis.

The ESG Edge to Concentrated Equity Investing
Impact Report 2020

Our approach can provide investors with a tangible way to contribute to positive ESG outcomes and generate profits as well. In this report, Daniel Roarty and the team show you how our Sustainable Thematic portfolios are actively making an impact by investing in better stocks for a better world.

Read the Impact Report

Portfolio Manager

Daniel Roarty, CIO, is supported by a team of seven investment professionals with an average of 20 years of industry experience and a long history of research and investment in social and environmental themes.

Benefits of Investing


Strong Return Potential

Seeks to generate attractive financial returns through investments that contribute to positive social and environmental outcomes


Investing for a Better World

Invests exclusively in a global universe of well-managed companies that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals


ESG integration

At all steps of the investment process improves fundamental analysis. Active ownership with emphasis on ESG issues positively influences management behavior


Excellence in Sustainable Investing

Our Portfolio is externally recognized for excellence in sustainable investing: awarded both the LuxFLAG ESG Label* and the French Finance Ministry’s Label ISR certification


Firmwide Commitment to Responsible Investing

At AB, we’ve embraced responsible investing in spirit and practice, making it a key facet of our investment process and a central component of our firm’s identity

The value of an investment can go down as well as up and investors may not get back the full amount they invested. Capital is at risk.
*LuxFLAG (the Luxembourg Finance Labelling Agency) is an independent body that raises awareness of and promotes the responsible investment industry. The ESG Label is awarded to funds that screen 100% of the portfolio using ESG criteria. Investors must not rely on the LuxFLAG ESG Label with regard to investor protection issues, and LuxFLAG shall not incur any liability related to the financial performance or default of the Portfolio. The LuxFLAG ESG Label was awarded in March 2019. The Label ISR was awarded in February 2019.

Risks to Consider


Equity Securities Risk:

The value of equity investments may fall as well as rise and you may get back less than you originally invested


Emerging-Markets Risk:

Where the Portfolio invests in emerging markets, these assets are generally smaller and more sensitive to economic and political factors, and may be less easily traded, which could cause a loss to the Portfolio


Derivatives Risk:

The Portfolio may include financial derivative instruments. These may be used to obtain, increase or reduce exposure to underlying assets and may create gearing; their use may result in greater fluctuations of the net asset value


Other Risks Include:

Focused portfolio risk, allocation risk, portfolio turnover risk, OTC derivatives counterparty risk, Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) risk


These and other risks are described in the Portfolio’s prospectus