Global Stewardship Fund
Global 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 - 31/05/2021
Fund % 1 Shopify 4.9% 2 Amazon.com 3.5% 3 Tesla Inc 2.9% 4 MarketAxess 2.8% 5 TSMC 2.7% 6 Chegg 2.6% 7 STAAR Surgical 2.4% 8 Netflix 2.2% 9 Alphabet 2.2% 10 First Republic Bank 2.2% Total 28.6%GEOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS OF TOTAL ASSETS - 31/05/2021
- 1 United States 49.43
- 2 Japan 11.87
- 3 China 6.68
- 4 Canada 4.92
- 5 UK 4.76
- 6 Sweden 4.12
- 7 Hong Kong 2.76
- 8 Taiwan 2.70
- 9 Germany 2.47
- 10 France 2.01
- 11 Others 6.78
- 12 Cash 1.51
- Total 100.0
As 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.
Please note that totals may not add due to rounding.
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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