GLOBAL STEWARDSHIP FUNDGLOBAL STEWARDSHIP FUND
The Fund invests in sustainable growth companies. It mitigates Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks by applying 'sin sector' exclusions, and then seeks to identify ESG opportunities by focusing on companies which our research suggests are a net benefit to society, which balance the interests of all stakeholders, and which exhibit a responsible culture. The Portfolio Construction Group (PCG) is made up of six experienced investors and two senior Governance and Sustainability specialists, supported by one further dedicated Governance and Sustainability analyst. The PCG provides challenge, context and comparison when building a concentrated portfolio of 70-100 stocks.
The manager believes this is an appropriate benchmark given the investment policy of the Fund and the approach taken by the manager when investing. In addition, the manager believes an appropriate performance comparison for this Fund is the Investment Association Global Sector.
Our purpose as sustainable growth investors is to integrate ESG and investment with an unashamedly optimistic mindset.
Top Ten Holdings - 31/03/2021
Fund % 1 Shopify 4.5% 2 Amazon.com 3.5% 3 Tesla Inc 3.2% 4 MarketAxess 3.1% 5 Chegg 3.0% 6 TSMC 2.7% 7 Netflix 2.4% 8 Wayfair 2.3% 9 SoftBank Group 2.1% 10 Alphabet 2.0% Total 28.7% Fund % 1 Shopify 4.5% 2 Amazon.com 3.5% 3 Tesla Inc 3.2% 4 MarketAxess 3.1% 5 Chegg 3.0% 6 TSMC 2.7% 7 Netflix 2.4% 8 Wayfair 2.3% 9 SoftBank Group 2.1% 10 Alphabet 2.0% Total 28.7%GEOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS OF TOTAL ASSETS - 31/03/2021As the Fund invests in overseas securities, changes in the rates of exchange may cause the value of your investment (and any income it may pay) to go down or up.
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.
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Global Stewardship Engagement, Sustainability and Governance Report 2021.
The Global Stewardship Team’s latest ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) report, covering our activity during 2020 and our plans for the years ahead.March 2021
Active Investment: Fuelling the Energy Transition.
Caroline Cook explains the Global Stewardship Team’s vision for a successful, low carbon world in 2050, and how it impacts their investment approach.December 2020
Global Stewardship Stock Stories - Sartorius.
Investment manager Josie Bentley explains why Sartorius Stedim, biologic drug equipment and product provider, not only has exciting growth opportunity, but is also a company fundamentally intertwined with a better future for society.September 2020
Scale as a Service.
Companies become more efficient as they grow. In the past, that involved big capital outlays and was bad news for challengers. However, as Gary Robinson explains, entrepreneurs can now rent the essential tools from cloud platforms, enabling them to compete more easily.2020
Global Stewardship Engagement, Sustainability and Governance Report 2020.
Introducing our second Global Stewardship ‘ESG’ Report, in which we redefine ESG to reflect our broader thinking on stewardship: for us ‘ESG’ encapsulates Engagement, Sustainability and Governance.Fourth Quarter 2019
Global Stewardship Stock Stories - Shopify.
Investment manager Gary Robinson explains why Shopify is a great example of what Global Stewardship is looking for – a growing company, whose management team thinks for the long term and balances the needs of all stakeholders, and whose products add real value for society.September 2019
Global Stewardship Stock Stories - LendingTree.
Zaki Sabir explains why the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group are very hopeful that LendingTree will be a rewarding investment for clients.August 2019
Global Stewardship Stock Stories - TSMC.
Mike Gush, an investment manager of Global Stewardship, discusses why he champions investing in TSMC.ARCHIVEDAutumn 2019
Global Stewardship - On the Soapbox.
Baillie Gifford recognise that our clients value the insights provided by their portfolio managers. That’s why we introduced our ‘soapbox’ feature to Global Stewardship client reports. It gives our investment managers a chance to tell clients what is on their minds. It’s a discussion of the long-term trends that are shaping the real-world businesses we invest in on their behalf.ARCHIVEDFirst Quarter 2019
Global Stewardship offers a differentiated global equity portfolio, consisting of both Local Heroes and Global Champions. Mike Gush explains why this makes them different.
Meet the Team
Iain is a founding member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group and is the lead manager of our UK Core strategy. Most recently, Iain served as Chief of Investment Staff from 2013 to 2018 and became a Partner of the firm in 2005. He initially joined Baillie Gifford in 1994 and spent five years training as an Investment Manager in the US Equities Team before joining the UK Equity Team in 1999. Iain graduated MA in Accountancy from the University of Aberdeen and subsequently trained as a Chartered Accountant.
Gary has been a member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group since its inception in 2015 and is an Investment Manager in the US Equities Team. He graduated MBiochem in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford in 2003 and joined Baillie Gifford the same year. He spent time working on our Japanese, UK and European Equity Teams before moving to the US Equities Team in 2008. Gary is a generalist investor but retains a special interest in the healthcare sector dating back to his undergraduate degree. Gary became a Partner of the firm in 2019.
Mike has been involved with the Global Stewardship strategy since inception as a member of the Portfolio Construction Group. He is a named manager for Baillie Gifford’s Emerging Markets and China Funds, as well as being responsible for the Emerging Markets Small Cap strategy. Mike first joined Baillie Gifford in 2003 and before moving to the Emerging Markets Equity Team in 2005, Mike worked in the UK and Japanese Equity Teams. Mike became a Partner of the firm in 2020. He is a CFA Charterholder and graduated MEng from the University of Durham in 2003.
Matthew is an Investment Manager in the Japanese Equities Team and has been a member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group since its inception. He is manager of the Japanese All Cap Strategy and Lead Manager of the Japanese Income Growth Strategy. Matthew joined Baillie Gifford in 2003 and became a Partner in 2018. He is a CFA Charterholder. Matthew graduated BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences (Psychology) from the University of Cambridge in 2000 and holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Bristol.
Josie is an Investment Manager in the European Equity Team and became a member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group in 2020. She joined Baillie Gifford in 2016 and spent time in the International Growth, UK Equity and High Yield Bond Teams. Josie started her career in London, working as a global board analyst at Russell Reynolds Associates. Josie graduated MA (Oxon) in Music from the University of Oxford in 2014.
Zaki joined Baillie Gifford in 2007 and in 2017 he became a member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group. He is a Senior Analyst in the Global Discovery Investment Team. Zaki graduated BA in Business Accounting and Finance from the University of Newcastle in 2006.
Andrew joined Baillie Gifford as Head of Governance and Sustainability in May 2015 and has been a member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group since inception. In his previous role as Chief Sustainability Officer for RBS, Andrew was responsible for helping to rebuild RBS’s approach to corporate responsibility after the financial crisis. He is a member of the Financial Reporting Council’s Investor Advisory Group and is a former Chairman of the UK Global Compact Network. Andrew graduated MA in History from the University of Edinburgh in 1999 and MSc in International Development from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2001. He has subsequently obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge.
Caroline joined Baillie Gifford in January 2020 and became a member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group in June. An experienced investment analyst, she is now one of the Strategy’s governance and sustainability specialists. Her background is in energy, both as co-head of Deutsche Bank’s number one rated global and European oils equity research team and as an independent consultant. Immersed in a variety of G&S issues across her career, the formal switch began in 2016, when she initiated and led Deutsche Bank’s integrated, cross-sector coverage of the accelerating energy transition. Caroline graduated from Cambridge with an MA in Modern History in 1989.
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