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ISGAM: A Socially Responsible
Investment Company

Alongside our focus on producing the best risk-adjusted investment returns ISGAM, our partners and our staff are committed to high ethical standards both in the conduct of our business and in selecting investments for our clients.

We are commited to:

Donations in previous years

The Roger Federer Foundation
www.rogerfedererfoundation.org/en/home/

Médecins sans Frontières
www.msf.org/en/country/switzerland

Sozialwerk Pfarrer Sieber –
a charity helping the homeless in Zurich
www.swsieber.ch

Reprieve is a charity set up by a group of UK lawyers to try to prevent major human rights abuses – very often challenging an unfair death penalty – around the world.

Since 2018 until today

LifeMatters Foundation

www.lifemattersfoundation.org

LifeMatters Foundation is a Cape Town based charity founded in 2002 providing literacy and numeracy support to grade 2 and 3 learners from underprivileged neighbourhoods to enable them to keep up with the academic curriculum.  There is also a Life Skills Portfolio that provides counselling, mentoring, camps and Teenage Awareness programs to equip learners to thrive in the face of the challenges of their context and adolescence to become active citizens.  www.lifemattersfoundation.org

Recently
supported
charities

ESG factors are considered in our investment process

An ever increasing proportion of the funds we select take environmental, social and governance (known as ‘ESG’) factors into active consideration as part of the investment process. In addition your shareholder voting rights are now often used to foster best practice. In the management of the share portfolios ESG factors, including the diversity of boards and management, are an important part of the quantitative “scoring system” we use for stock selection.

Incorporating particular individual client preferences.

Certain clients request the exclusion of specific securities or industry sectors which do not fit with their personal value system. ISGAM has always accepted such requests and incorporates them into the relevant portfolio strategies for that client.

Proactive promotion of certain socially responsible investments.

For some years ISGAM has also proactively offered certain investments which it considers to be socially responsible. A number of clients have incorporated these into their portfolios. These include particular thematic investment funds (such as in clean water and preventing or mitigating climate change) and investments which are specifically intended to have a positive social impact (for example in micro finance, where money is lent to many small scale entrepreneurs in developing countries).

Investing in a pre-defined socially responsible strategy: for a section of a portfolio or for a whole portfolio.

For amounts starting from € 150,000, £150,000 or USD 150,000 ISGAM constructs a strategy including equities and fixed interest investments entirely in the socially responsible fields outlined above. This strategy can either constitute one of the building blocks (or “models”) upon which the portfolio is constructed or it can be applied to a whole portfolio, on the client’s specific instruction.

ISGAM, SRI
& ESG today

ESG factors are considered in our investment process

An ever increasing proportion of the funds we select take environmental, social and governance (known as ‘ESG’) factors into active consideration as part of the investment process. In addition your shareholder voting rights are now often used to foster best practice. In the management of the share portfolios ESG factors, including the diversity of boards and management, are an important part of the quantitative “scoring system” we use for stock selection.

Incorporating particular individual client preferences.

Certain clients request the exclusion of specific securities or industry sectors which do not fit with their personal value system. ISGAM has always accepted such requests and incorporates them into the relevant portfolio strategies for that client.

Proactive promotion of certain socially responsible investments.

For some years ISGAM has also proactively offered certain investments which it considers to be socially responsible. A number of clients have incorporated these into their portfolios. These include particular thematic investment funds (such as in clean water and preventing or mitigating climate change) and investments which are specifically intended to have a positive social impact (for example in micro finance, where money is lent to many small scale entrepreneurs in developing countries).

Investing in a pre-defined socially responsible strategy: for a section of a portfolio or for a whole portfolio.

For amounts starting from € 150,000, £150,000 or USD 150,000 ISGAM constructs a strategy including equities and fixed interest investments entirely in the socially responsible fields outlined above. This strategy can either constitute one of the building blocks (or “models”) upon which the portfolio is constructed or it can be applied to a whole portfolio, on the client’s specific instruction.

ISGAM, SRI
& ESG today

An introduction to the Evolution of Socially Responsible Investing

Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)

Sustainable Investment, ESG and Ethical Investment Clarified

“Socially responsible investing” (SRI) describes any investment strategy which incorporates environmental, social and governance criteria alongside financial analysis when making investment decisions.

A sub-set of SRI, the main focus of “Impact investing” is on the positive impact of the investments chosen – an even more activist approach.

“Sustainable investment” is another term used for socially responsible investing

“ESG investing” is investing where environmental, social and governance factors are considered alongside financial factors in the investment decision making process.

“Ethical investing” refers to the practice of using one’s ethical principles as the primary filter for the selection of securities investing. Ethical investing depends on an investor’s views, and for that reason is subjective. So for some people “ethical” means excluding tobacco and guns, for others it means excluding alcohol and pornography.

An investor who owns shares in any company is entitled to attend the annual general meeting of the company, to ask questions of the directors and to vote at that meeting.

Managers of SRI and ESG funds use this power on behalf of their investors to have a positive impact on company policy by voting in a certain way and by actively engaging with management.

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