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Make a difference

With impact investing, investors can help solve the world’s major social and environmental problems while potentially earning attractive returns. Impact investing is a subset of traditional investing that helps people align personal values with financial goals. We aim to deliver competitive returns for shareholders by investing in companies dedicated to impact causes whose innovative solutions are supported by long-term societal trends.

Short-term volatility is possible given the smaller size and disruptive nature of some companies, making the approach more suitable for long-term investors.

Professional pensions investment award winner 2018: Impact equity manager of the year: Wellington Management

Professional Pensions Investment Awards

London, December 2018 ― Wellington has won the Impact Equity Manager of the Year category at the Professional Pensions Investment Awards 2018. The awards recognise excellence in asset managers across a broad range of specialisms, with a shortlist drawn up in association with Aon, one of the leading investment consultants. As well as the one-year performance of the Wellington Global Impact Fund, judges considered the breadth and robustness of our proprietary impact opportunity set, the high bar we set with our impact criteria and the transparency of our Global Impact Annual Report.



Strategic climate science initiative

Boston, MA, September 24, 2018 – Wellington Management Company LLP (“Wellington”), one of the world’s largest independent investment management firms, and Woods Hole Research Center (“WHRC”), the world’s leading independent climate research institute, today announced a collaborative initiative to integrate climate science and asset management.


Build a better world

See how an investment in Global Impact helps address issues like food insecurity, health care access and financial inclusion, and learn how the portfolio managers identify companies whose impact activities they can track and measure.

Wellington Global Impact Fund

All investors should consider the risks that may impact their capital, before investing. The value of your investment may become worth more or less at the time of the original investment. INVESTORS SHOULD REFER TO THE FUND PROSPECTUS AND KEY INVESTOR INFORMATION DOCUMENT FOR A FULL LIST OF RISK FACTORS AND PRE-INVESTMENT DISCLOSURES BEFORE INVESTING.

Impact in action

In 2017, the companies in which Global Impact invested:

Provided education and job training to more than 2 million people
Supplied more than 500,000 affordable housing units and 930,000 loan to low-and middle-income families
Generated 315 terawatt hours of renewable energy, enough to power 35 million homes and avoid 235 million metric tons of CO2 emissions
Connected 166 million people to mobile financial services
Advanced the development of disease treatments that may help more than 18 million people
Provided digital access to nearly 150 million people in developing countries

The 2017 portfolio companies’ highlights are for illustrative purposes only. The data is based on proprietary research into companies held in our clients’ portfolios managed within the Global Impact strategy as at 31 December 2017. Data is sourced from multiple repositories, and certain data provided is from a third party. While this data is believed to be reliable, no assurance is being provided as to its accuracy or completeness. Additional information regarding the source of specific data points is available upon request. Source: Wellington Management Global Impact Annual Report, April 2018.

Impact themes

The 10 themes in Global Impact represent major social and environmental challenges and include ample publicly listed companies. Though developed prior to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, our impact themes align closely with them.

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    Life Essentials

    • Affordable housing
    • Clean water and sanitation
    • Health
    • Sustainable agriculture and nutrition
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    Human Empowerment

    • Digital divide
    • Education and jobs training
    • Financial inclusion
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    • Alternative energy
    • Resource efficiency
    • Resource stewardship

The Wellington Global Impact Fund supports the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

SDG - No poverty
SDG logo - zero hunger
SDG logo - good health and well-being
SDG logo - Quality education
SDG logo - Gender equality
SDG logo - clean water and sanitation
SDG logo - Affordable and clean energy
SDG logo - decent work and economic growth
SDG logo - Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
SDG logo - reduced inequalities
SDG logo - sustainable cities and communities
SDG logo - responsible consumption and production
SDG logo - climate action
SDG logo - Life below water
SDG logo - Life on land
SDG logo - peace, justice and strong institutions
SDG logo - partnerships for the goals
SDG logo - sustainable development goals

Sources: UN.org, Wellington Management

Eric Rice

Eric M. Rice, PhD

Portfolio Manager

Eric is the architect of Wellington Management’s social impact strategy. He manages our flagship Global Impact portfolio and is a thought leader for the development of social impact and other thematic investment ideas that support the firm’s portfolio managers and analysts. He has a long history as an analyst on several investment portfolios, conducting investment research that ranges across all regions and macro-level issues, and incorporating investment themes into portfolios at the security level. His passion for social impact developed initially through his service as a US diplomat in Rwanda and deepened during his doctoral studies and through his position as a country economist at the World Bank.

Louise Kooy-Henckel

Louise Kooy-Henckel

Investment Director

In her role as investment director at Wellington Management, Louise has a particular focus on impact investing (environmental and social). She is responsible for a range of equity investment approaches, including our Global Impact equity offering, for clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She is involved with the integrity of the investment approaches by overseeing portfolio positioning, performance and risk exposures. Louise also meets with clients, prospects and consultants to communicate the investment philosophy, strategy, positioning and performance. She has a strong vision for raising the awareness and understanding of impact investing and engages institutional investors and other asset owners to help them invest in ways that maximise their value alignment without compromising their fiduciary responsibility. Louise is an alumna of the Impact Investing Programme at the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School.

Joy Perry

Joy Perry

Investment Director

As an investment director at Wellington Management, Joy works with strategies focused on sustainable and impact investing. She covers a range of global investment approaches, including our Global Impact equity offering. She oversees portfolio positioning, performance, and risk exposures, communicating those to clients, prospects, and consultants. During her tenure at Wellington, Joy’s investment coverage has focused on strategies related to agriculture, alternative energy, climate change, and environmental sustainability. She has a strong interest in the evolving nature of the energy sector which, she believes, will open up exciting opportunities for investors. She sees impact investing as the next step for institutional investors, as it allows for alignment of their investment decisions with their beliefs and values.

Quyen Tran

Quyen V. Tran

Equity Portfolio Specialist

Quyen assumed a strategic role before the product launched, developing key relationships with the broader impact investing community and engaging in thought partnership that helped shape Wellington’s impact strategy and its approach to impact measurement. She is a strong advocate of democratizing access to impact investing, speaks at impact conferences, and authors whitepapers. Quyen also analyzes portfolio performance, positioning, risk exposures, and meets with clients. Quyen’s passion for social enterprise was kindled by her experiences as a student in India, classroom teacher in Vietnam, volunteer for public school children in the US, and member of Harvard Business School’s Alumni for Impact initiative.

Ueki Hideo

Hideo Ueki,

Director of Equity Product Management

As an investment director, Hideo covers a range of equity/multi-asset investment approaches, including our Global Impact equity offering, for clients in Japan. He oversees portfolio positioning, performance, and risk exposures and communicates those to clients, prospects, and consultants. He chairs the ESG Task Force for the Tokyo office, supporting ESG engagement initiatives by the firm. He traces his passion for impact investing to his experience at UBS Global Asset Management, where, in 1998, he was named lead portfolio manager of the environmental fund Eco Hakase. That experience closely involved him with UBS’s environmental analysis team and the Japan Research Institute, a leader in environmental research. He also contributed to the book Socially Responsible Investment — New Form of Corporate Finance by Professor Kanji Tanimoto (2007).

Role in a portfolio

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    Potential return enhancement

    Gain exposure to disruptive, innovative companies targeting large, underserviced markets.

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    Values alignment

    Help provide capital to companies whose core business seek to addresses critical social and environmental issues.

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    Add exposure to companies and themes that tend to be underrepresented in traditional investment strategies.

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    Liquid complement

    Complement private-market impact investments with more liquid, easier to access public equities.

Returns cannot be guaranteed and your capital may be at risk. Investors should refer to the Fund prospectus and key investor information document for a full list of risk factors and pre-investment disclosures before investing.

Measuring Success

Measuring impact is central to our impact investing process. Through extensive research and the development of proprietary key performance indicators (KPIs), we seek to determine each company’s progress toward effecting positive social and environmental change. By adopting a structured, repeatable methodology, we aim to hold ourselves — and the companies we invest in — to high standards of accountability for measuring and achieving impact.

  1. Input

    Capital applied towards achieving the impact goal

    Sustainable food and agriculture: Spend US$44 million on research and development toward a zero-calorie natural sweetener
  2. Activity

    Product development toward achieving the impact goal

    Health: Operate nearly 500 affordable fitness clubs across Europe
  3. Output

    Units sold or revenue from impact product

    Financial inclusion: Provide last-mile retail services via 35,000 outlets for rural and disadvantaged populations in India
  4. Outcome

    Impact achievements expressed in terms of product use

    Education and job training: Provide 920,000 students in the developing world with access to higher education
  5. Impact

    Products' contributions to achieving the impact goals

    Resource stewardship: Produce energy from waste that avoids conventional emissions equal to two million metric tons of CO2

The KPI examples are for illustrative purposes only. The data sources for the information provided as a part of the KPI examples have been sourced from multiple repositories, including: annual and quarterly reports, industry research pieces, company websites, press releases, case studies, and company engagements. Certain data provided is that of a third part. While this data is believed to be reliable, no assurance is being provided as to its accuracy or completeness. Additional information regarding the source of specific data points is available upon request.

Growing demand, growing opportunity

We believe solving pressing global problems will likely require far more funding than governments or private investments can provide. Public market impact investing can help make up the shortfall.

1.6 billion people lack affordable basic shelter
750 million adults are illiterate. 2/3 of these are women
Infographic - Each year, landfills release 800 million metric tons of CO2. Converted to energy, that waste could power 84.5 million homes for one year
Infographic - 10,000 diseases are known today. Treatments exist for just 500
Infographic - warming oceans and melting land ice will add 1 - 4 feed to global sea levels by 2100

1“World Hunger Falls to Under 800 Million, Eradication is Next Goal,” World Food Programme, May 2015. 2ibid. 3“Statistics on Literacy,” UNESCO.org. 4“Landfill Methane: Reducing Emissions, Advancing Recovery and Use Opportunities,” Global Methane Initiative, citing US Environmental Protection Agency research, 2011. 5“The Power of Ideas: A Collection of Insights to Transform the Future,” FasterCures, November 2016. 6Landfill Methane: Reducing Emissions, Advancing Recovery and Use Opportunities,” Global Methane Initiative, citing US Environmental Protection Agency research, 2011.

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Past performance is no guarantee of future performance and can be misleading. Fund returns are shown net of fees. Source: Wellington Management

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Investment in the funds described on this website carries a substantial degree of risk and places an investor’s capital at risk. The price and value of investments is not guaranteed and can go down as well as up. An investor may not get back the original amount invested and an investor may lose all of their investment. Investment in the funds described on this website is not suitable for all investors. If in any doubt as to the suitability of an investment in a fund, an investor should consult an independent financial advisor. The information on this website does not constitute, and should not be construed as, investment advice or a recommendation to buy, sell or otherwise, transact in any security including, but not limited to, shares in the funds. An investor should only invest in a fund after carefully reading and understanding the prospectus and KIID for the fund which contain further information on the risks and features of the fund. Unless stated otherwise, data is as at previous month end. 

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