About the Global Sustainability Trust plc
Aberdeen Fund Managers Limited (AFML) are launching a new closed-ended fund on the London Stock Exchange. The fund aims to invest in a diversified global portfolio primarily consisting of private market investments, which aims to create positive measurable environmental and social impact. Management recognises changes in investment patterns, which are moving more toward ethical investing which considers impacts on society and the environment. Investors will use the UNs sustainable development agenda as a guide to direct capital.
The companys investment strategy is to build a diversified private portfolio which can deliver attractive financial returns while generating intentional and measurable positive environmental and social impact. Fund managers anticipate a focus on private equity will allow them to benefit from an illiquidity premium arising from the long-term nature of the private market.
Target impact assessment pillars are to be based across eight categories consisting of circular economy, sustainable energy, food & agriculture, water & sanitation, health & social care, financial inclusion, sustainable real estate & infrastructure and education & employment. With 20-35% in private equity, 15-30% in real estate, 0-15% in natural resources, 10-25% in private credit, and 0-10% in listed investments.