Lord Abbett Developing Growth Fund has a number of attributes that may meet the expectations of sustainability-focused investors, despite some issues worthy of attention.
This fund has rather high exposure to ESG risk relative to its peers in the US Equity Small Cap category, earning it the lowest Morningstar Sustainability Rating of 1 globe. Investors concerned about ESG risk may be better off with funds in the category that receive 4 or 5 globes, as they tend to hold securities less exposed to ESG risk. ESG risk provides investors with a signal that reflects to what degree their investments are exposed to risks related to material ESG issues, such as climate change and inequalities, that are not sufficiently managed. ESG risk differs from impact, which is about seeking positive environmental and social outcomes.
One potential issue for a sustainability-focused investor is that Lord Abbett Developing Growth Fund doesn’t have an ESG-focused mandate. Funds with an ESG-focused mandate would have a higher probability to drive positive ESG outcomes.
The fund has an asset-weighted Carbon Risk Score of 9.52, indicating that its current equity and/or bond holdings have low exposure to carbon-related risks. These are risks associated with the transition to a low-carbon economy such as increased regulation, changing consumer preferences, technological advancements, and stranded assets. The fund's current involvement in fossil fuels rests at 1.98%, which compares favorably with 4.48% for its average category peer. Companies are considered involved in fossil fuels if they derive some revenue from thermal coal, oil, and gas. The fund has no exposure to 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.