MassMutual Mid Cap Growth Fund has several promising attributes that may appeal to sustainability-focused investors.
MassMutual Mid Cap Growth Fund has an average Morningstar Sustainability Rating of 3 globes, indicating that the ESG risk of holdings in its portfolio is similar to that of its peers in the US Equity Mid Cap category. Investors concerned about ESG risk may be better off with funds in the category that receive 4 or 5 globes, as they tend to invest in 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 MassMutual Mid Cap Growth Fund is its low Morningstar Portfolio Carbon Risk Score of 7.92 and low fossil fuel exposure of 1.20% 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 MassMutual Mid Cap Growth 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 has a modest level of exposure (2.85%) to companies with high or severe controversies. Companies with high or severe controversies are involved in incidents such as corruption, employee abuses, environmental incidents, and corporate scandals that pose serious business risks to the company.