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Global Alpha Paris Aligned Ethically Restricted

We identify companies with the potential to deliver superior earnings growth while keeping emissions consistent with the Paris Agreement on climate change.  

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Recognising diversity

An ambitious approach to investing in responsible growth companies from across the spectrum of opportunity, consistent with addressing the climate crisis. We are flexible and open-minded, recognising the diverse ways in which growth can be achieved. 

Global Alpha: our philosophy

Investment manager Helen Xiong introduces Global Alpha, reflecting on the exciting opportunities ahead.

Patient, engaged ownership

We aim to identify companies which can grow their earnings at a superior rate to the market over sustained periods, where this potential is not reflected in the price. As share prices are ultimately driven by earnings growth, this approach underpins our objective to deliver returns 2 to 3 per cent per annum ahead of the benchmark over rolling five-year periods before the deduction of fees.  

The strategy also commits to maintaining a Weighted Average Greenhouse Gas Intensity lower than the MSCI ACWI EU Paris Aligned Requirements Index and excludes companies which fail to meet our responsible behaviour criteria. 

The performance target is aspirational and is not guaranteed. We don’t use it to compile the portfolio and returns will vary. A single performance target may not be appropriate across all vehicles and jurisdictions. We may not meet our investment objectives if, for example, our growth investment style is out of favour or we misjudge the long-term earnings growth of our holdings.

A truly global portfolio

Our philosophy is to invest long-term in well-managed businesses with sustainable competitive advantages. We embrace diversity, splitting the portfolio across three growth profiles – compounders, disruptors and capital allocators – which exploit different inefficiencies.  

Each holding is analysed to ensure consistency with the low-carbon transition. The resulting portfolio of about 90 holdings represents the most attractive opportunities from across the growth spectrum. 

The 2020s must be the decisive decade of action on the climate crisis, and there will unquestionably be greater discussion on the need to align funds with a 1.5C warming scenario.
Helen Xiong

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Philosophy and process

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Strategy portfolio holdings

A list of the top 10 holdings that the representative portfolio invests in.

All figures up to: 31 May 2024

#Holding% of portfolio
2Meta Platforms4.5%
4Elevance Health Inc.3.9%
10Service Corporation International2.4%

Strategy holdings by region

All figures up to: 31 May 2024

1North America65.80%
2Europe (ex UK)16.10%
3Emerging Markets10.20%
4Developed Asia Pacific6.30%
Total 100%

Strategy holdings by region

All figures up to: 31 May 2024

Total: 100%

Please note

The information contained on this page is intended as a guide only and should not be relied upon when making investment decisions. All holdings information is unaudited. Source Baillie Gifford & Co. Please note that totals may not add due to rounding.

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Key articles, videos and podcasts relating to the strategy:



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  1. Global Alpha: back to growth

    The managers tell a London Investment Forum about new sources of opportunity and optimism.
    March 2024
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    December 2023
  3. A net zero initiative update

    A reflection on Baillie Gifford’s commitment to the climate transition.
    November 2023
  4. How Microsoft got its mojo back

    By shifting the focus from Windows and embracing AI, the firm has revitalised its fortunes.
    November 2023

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Baillie Gifford Investment Management (Europe) Limited is authorised and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland (Reference number C182354) as an Alternative Investment Fund Manager and UCITS Manager to Baillie Gifford Worldwide Funds plc. Its registered office is 4/5 School House Lane East, Dublin 2, D02 N279, Ireland.

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