July 07, 2009
SAM Launches New Mutual Fund for US Investors
by Robert Kropp
The SAM Sustainable Global Active Fund invests in companies based on sustainability criteria.
Since its founding in 1995, SAM Sustainable
Asset Management has created investment products that incorporate sustainability criteria based
on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations. Among its offerings are the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes,
which provide asset managers with objective benchmarks to manage sustainability portfolios.
Last month, SAM launched a new mutual fund for US investors. The SAM Sustainable Global
Active Fund is offered in both investor share and institutional classes, with minimum investments
of $2,500 and $100,000 respectively.
Based on SAM's research methodology, the new mutual
fund considers ESG factors to rate the ability of companies to manage sustainability issues. Among
the corporate activities analyzed by SAM's sustainability criteria are supply chain management,
executive compensation, water scarcity, and climate change.
Sander van Eijkern, SAMís
Chief Executive Officer, said, "With the launch of this new product in the US, we underscore our
confidence in the potential of the US market. Our conviction is that sustainability trends driven
by climate change, resource scarcity, energy security and demographic developments have an impact
on long-term performance and corporate competitiveness."
The fund is advised by
Sustainable Asset Management USA, a registered investment adviser.