The Select BCI ESG Equity Fund is an equity portfolio that seeks to sustain high long-term capital growth by investing in socially responsible securities. The portfolio‘s equity exposure will always exceed 80% of the portfolio's net asset value. The manager will take into consideration the three central pillars of socially responsible investing, being Environmental, Social and Corporate governance (ESG) criteria when making investment decisions. ESG is a set of standards for a company's operations that socially conscious investors use to screen potential investments.
Environmental criteria look at how a company performs as a steward of the natural environment. Social criteria examine how a company manages relationships with its employees, suppliers, customers and the communities where it operates. Governance deals with a company's leadership, executive pay, audits, internal controls and shareholder rights. The portfolio's investment universe consists of equity securities, preference shares, property shares and property related securities listed on exchanges, money market and other interest bearing instruments and assets in liquid form.
The portfolio may also invest in participatory interests and other forms of participation in portfolios of collective investment schemes or other similar schemes operated in territories with a regulatory environment which is to the satisfaction of the manager and trustee of a sufficient standard to provide investor protection at least equivalent to that in South Africa and which is consistent with the portfolio's primary objective. The portfolio may from time to time invest in listed and unlisted financial instruments for efficient portfolio management purposes, in accordance with the provisions of the Act, and the Regulations thereto, as amended from time to time, in order to achieve the portfolio's investment objective. The Trustee shall ensure that the investment policy set out in this Supplemental Deed is carried out.
For the purpose of this portfolio, the manager shall reserve the right to close the portfolio to new investors on a date determined by the manager. This will be done in order to be able to manage the portfolio in accordance with its mandate. The manager may, once a portfolio has been closed, open that portfolio again to new investors on a date determined by the manager.