Selection of securities

The selection of shares and bonds, in which the mutual funds invest and are established and/or managed under delegation by Etica Sgr, takes place through a rigorous analysis process that integrates ESG analysis and financial analysis.

Selection of securities

The process

The defining characteristic of our mutual funds and Sicav sub-funds[1] is the scrupulous screening of the securities. We only accept issuers with proven sustainability credentials on social, environmental, governance and financial topics.

The selection process is structured into two phases: the ESG analysis and the financial analysis.

Our methodology

ESG EticApproach® is our proprietary methodology for selecting the securities that comprise the portfolio of the Etica System Funds of Etica Funds and the Sicav sub-funds.

The issuer selection methodology is reviewed and approved by our Board of Directors – which also determines the investment policy – on the advice of the AMC’s Ethics Committee, an independent and autonomous body formed of persons of high moral standing and recognised experience in the field of corporate social responsibility.

ESG analysis

Our ESG Analysis and Research team, composed of experienced analysts in the fields of environment, social and governance topics, subjects’ countries and companies to a dual screening process to identify the most socially and environmentally responsible countries and the businesses with the greatest focus on sustainability and collective wellbeing, creating the so-called investable universe.

The source of information on Countries and firms

The work of our ESG Analysis and Research Team is broadened by in-depth investigations depending on the particular contingencies of daily events.
We base our evaluation of the issuers on a plurality of sources: specialized databases containing reliable and up-to-date information; associated partners such as the ICCR (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility), PRI  (Principles for Responsible Investments), CDP  (Carbon Disclosure Project), EUROSIF (European Social Investment Forum) and SfC (Shareholders for Change); NGOs such as Amnesty International and Legambiente; in addition, we examine research studies in the specialist press and the company’s corporate publications (financial statements, sustainability reports, etc.) and we evaluate the information gleaned from direct dialogue with the companies.

ESG risk

When defining the investable universe, our issuer selection process also considers – in addition to the negative and positive screening criteria – the ESG Risk metric (or E risk for Etica Impatto Clima). This metric is used to reject all issuers that are the highest contributors to the portfolio risk and maintain a stable sustainability risk over time.

Financial analysis

When selecting the securities, the ESG analysis is supported by the financial analysis: the investment manager Anima Sgr, an independent asset management company, assesses the financial performances and selects, in the context of the Investable Universes defined by Etica, the best securities in terms of risk/return ratio, in accordance with the Investment Policy defined by Etica’s Investment Committee and approved by its Board of Directors.

[1] Three SICAV funds of the Luxembourg MULTILABEL SICAV, consisting of Carne Global Fund Managers (Luxembourg) S.A. (Carne LUX), Luxembourg, on behalf of Etica Sgr S.p.A, which is the investment manager and global distributor. Starting from February 1, 2024, the name of the Management Company is Carne Global Fund Managers (Luxembourg) S.A. (Carne LUX), following the acquisition of GAM (Luxembourg) S.A..

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