Clifford Capital Partners Fund has several promising attributes that may appeal to sustainability-focused investors.
The ESG risk of Clifford Capital Partners Fund's holdings is comparable to its peers in the US Equity Mid Cap category, thus earning an average Morningstar Sustainability Rating of 3 globes. Funds in the same category rated 4 or 5 globes tend to hold securities less exposed to ESG risk. Unlike impact, which measures positive environmental and societal outcomes attributable to an investment, ESG risk reflects the degree to which investments could be affected by material ESG issues like climate change and inequalities.
One key area of strength for Clifford Capital Partners Fund is its low Morningstar Portfolio Carbon Risk Score of 8.65 and low fossil fuel exposure of 5.39% over the past 12 months, which earns it the Morningstar Low Carbon Designation. The fund is therefore well positioned to transition to a low-carbon economy.
One potential issue for a sustainability-focused investor is that Clifford Capital Partners Fund doesn’t have an ESG-focused mandate. Funds with an ESG-focused mandate are more likely to align with the expectations of an investor who cares about sustainability issues.
The fund exhibits moderate exposure (2.55%) to companies with high or severe controversies. From bribery and corruption to workplace discrimination and environmental incidents, controversies are incidents that may negatively affect stakeholders, the environment, or the company’s operations.