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AQR Small Cap Multi-Style I QSMLX Sustainability

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Sustainability Analysis

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Sustainable Summary

AQR Small Cap Multi-Style Fund is likely to concern sustainability-focused investors given certain substandard ESG attributes.

This fund has above-average exposure to ESG risk relative to its peers in the US Equity Small Cap 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 AQR Small Cap Multi-Style Fund doesn’t have an ESG-focused mandate. Funds with an ESG-focused mandate would have a higher probability to drive positive ESG outcomes. Currently, the fund has 9.34% involvement in fossil fuels, which is higher than 6.75% for the average peer in its category. 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.

AQR Small Cap Multi-Style Fund has an asset-weighted Carbon Risk Score of 14.03. This is situated at the lower end of the medium carbon risk band, suggesting that its current equity and/or bond holdings are moderately positioned to transition to a low-carbon economy. Investors concerned about the transition risks may prefer to consider funds with negligible or low carbon risk. Funds with a lower carbon risk classification may be more favored by investors concerned about transition risks, as such funds often tilt toward companies that operate in sectors less exposed to the transition (for example, healthcare and IT) or companies in more carbon-intensive sectors (for example, materials and utilities) that consider climate change in their business strategy, and therefore are positively aligned with the transition.

ESG Commitment Level Asset Manager

An ESG Commitment Level Asset Manager rating is not assigned to this investment.

Morningstar analysts award an ESG Commitment Level Asset Manager ratings to investments that also receive Morningstar Analyst Ratings. Not all investments currently have Asset Manager rating. Morningstar is expanding its coverage, prioritizing investments that are most relevant to investors.