Meridian Growth Fund® has a number of positive attributes that a sustainability-focused investor may find appealing.
This fund lands in the 10% of strategies with the lowest ESG risk in the US Equity Small Cap category, earning it the highest Morningstar Sustainability Rating of 5 globes. 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 key area of strength for Meridian Growth Fund® is its low Morningstar Portfolio Carbon Risk Score of 7.29 and low fossil fuel exposure of 1.29% 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 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.
One potential issue for a sustainability-focused investor is that Meridian Growth Fund® doesn’t have an ESG-focused mandate. A fund with an ESG-focused mandate would have a higher probability to drive positive ESG outcomes.