Gabelli Asset Fund has a number of attributes that may meet the expectations of sustainability-focused investors, despite some issues worthy of attention.
This fund has above-average exposure to ESG risk relative to its peers in the US Equity Large Cap Blend category, earning it the second-lowest Morningstar Sustainability Rating of 2 globes. Investors concerned about ESG risk may be better off with funds earning 4 or 5 globes, as they tend to hold securities less exposed to ESG risk. ESG risk measures the degree to which material environmental, social, and governance issues, such as climate change and inequalities, could affect valuations. ESG risk differs from impact, which is about driving positive environmental and social outcomes for society’s benefit.
One potential issue for a sustainability-focused investor is that Gabelli Asset Fund doesn’t have an ESG-focused mandate. Funds with an ESG-focused mandate would have a higher probability to drive positive ESG outcomes.
One key area of strength for Gabelli Asset Fund is its low Morningstar Portfolio Carbon Risk Score of 9.4 and low fossil fuel exposure of 4.88% over the past 12 months, which earns it the Morningstar Low Carbon Designation. Thus, the companies held in the portfolio are in general alignment with the transition to a low-carbon economy.
The fund exhibits moderate exposure (4.92%) 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.