1. Sustainable Growth Fund

    Sustainable Growth Fund

  2. Overview

    To outperform (after deduction of costs) the MSCI ACWI Index, as stated in sterling, by at least 2% per annum over rolling five-year periods.

    The manager believes this is an appropriate target 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.

    There is no guarantee that this objective will be achieved over any time period and actual investment returns may differ from this objective, particularly over shorter time periods.

    Our purpose as sustainable growth investors is to integrate ESG and investment with an unashamedly optimistic mindset.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Performance & Portfolio

    Periodic Performance

    All figures to 31/03/2024

    6 Months

    1 Year

    3 Years

    5 Years

    Class B-Acc 15.4%12.5%-7.0%8.4%
    Index* 16.3%21.2%10.7%12.1%
    Target Benchmark** 17.5%23.6%12.9%14.4%

    Figures for 3 and 5 years are shown as the annualised rate of return. This is the average yearly return over the specified period.

    Annual Discrete Performance to 31 March each year

    Annual percentage return (Updated Quarterly)






    Class B-Acc 2.1%82.0%-13.1%-17.6%12.5%
    Index* -6.2%39.6%12.9%-0.9%21.2%
    Target Benchmark** -4.3%42.4%15.2%1.1%23.6%
    Sector Average*** -6.0%40.6%8.4%-2.7%16.7%

    Please bear in mind that past performance is not a guide to future performance.
    The value of your investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the amount you invested

    Source: FE, Revolution, MSCI. Total return net of charges, in sterling.
    Share class returns calculated using 10am prices, while the Index is calculated close-to-close.
    *MSCI ACWI Index.
    **MSCI ACWI Index (in sterling) plus at least 2% per annum over rolling five-year periods.
    ***IA Global Sector.

    Top Ten Holdings - 31/03/2024

    Fund %
    1 TSMC 3.6%
    2 Illumina 3.6%
    3 MercadoLibre 3.4%
    4 Beijer, G & L AB 3.2%
    5 Atlas Copco 3.2%
    6 Mastercard 2.8%
    7 Alphabet 2.8%
    8 Recruit Holdings 2.8%
    9 Workday 2.7%
    10 UnitedHealth Group 2.6%
    Total 30.5%
    Geographic analysis of total assets - 31/03/2024

    Fund %

    • 1 North America 47.99
    • 2 Europe (ex UK) 23.88
    • 3 Emerging Markets 11.08
    • 4 Developed Asia Pacific 9.27
    • 5 UK 6.87
    • 6 Cash 0.91
    • Total 100.00

    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

    Toby Ross

    Toby is an investment manager on the Sustainable Growth Team. He joined Baillie Gifford in 2006 and became a partner in the firm in 2023. Toby joined as an analyst on the UK equities team and went on to join the Global Income Growth Team as an investment manager in 2013, and in this role, he helped to develop the team’s approach to responsible investment. He became the joint manager of The Scottish American Investment Company PLC (SAINTS) in 2017. In 2022, Toby assumed the leadership of the Sustainable Growth Team. He graduated MA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge in 2006 and is a CFA Charterholder.

    Katherine Davidson

    Katherine is an investment manager on the Sustainable Growth Team. Before joining Baillie Gifford in September 2022, she had spent her investment career on the Global and International Equity Team at Schroders. Katherine joined the Schroders graduate scheme in 2008 and held various sector and fund responsibilities while developing a growing interest and expertise in sustainable investing. Katherine was instrumental in the development and management of Schroders’ Global Sustainable Growth Fund. She graduated with an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford in 2008 and is a CFA Charterholder.

    Craig Noble

    Craig is a senior sustainability analyst in the Sustainable Growth Team. He first joined Baillie Gifford in 2015 via the investment operations graduate scheme. As a dedicated sustainability analyst for the strategy, Craig has a particular interest in the opportunity side of sustainable investment and maintains a firm belief that ESG is a complex and nuanced area, which fits with his passion for in-depth research. Craig graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Business and an MSc in Finance, both from Lancaster University Management School.

    Laura Gonzalez-Salmeron

    Laura is an investment analyst in the Sustainable Growth Team. She joined Baillie Gifford in 2021, working as an analyst in the US Equities Team. Prior to joining the firm, she worked teaching Spanish Literature at the University of Oxford and Magdalen College School, while doing her doctoral research in Comparative Literature.

    Emily Gerard-Pearse

    Emily is a sustainability analyst in the Sustainable Growth Team. She joined Baillie Gifford in 2022. Prior to this, she worked for the consultancy firm Newton Europe for two and a half years. Emily received a BA in Biological Sciences from Oxford University.


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