PRESS RELEASE: Global Child Forum launches first ethical fund to focus on children's rights

Stockholm 26 November: The Global Child Forum announced today the launch of the RobecoSAM Global Child Impact Equities Fund – the first fund to focus on children’s rights. The Fund, developed in partnership with RobecoSAM, the investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing (SI), is the first to specifically invest in companies who are leaders in supporting children’s rights and welfare.

“Investors have a lot of influence in today’s world affairs and this new fund gives them an attractive opportunity to contribute to the well-being of children,” says Åse Bäckström, Managing Director at Global Child Forum. “Those who invest in companies that lead in supporting children’s rights, take to heart the spirit of sustainable investing by safeguarding the needs of future generations.”

The methodology used by the fund has been jointly developed by Global Child Forum and RobecoSAM. The fund methodology is built on bottom-up stock selection based on the Global Child Forum benchmark, a RobecoSAM Global Child Score, quantitative factors and fundamental company valuation.

“I am personally very proud that RobecoSAM has developed an investment product that gives investors a way to shape the world and make it a better place for future generations. RobecoSAM is also delighted to have AP4 and the Global Child Forum serve on our external advisory board. Theirearly commitment was a key success factor in the launch of this investment solution,” says Michael Baldinger, CEO of RobecoSAM. “RobecoSAM has a proven track record with regards to developing value-based investment strategies and together we can now offer a solution to investors that safeguard financial returns as well as children’s rights.”

The Global Child Impact Equities Investment Fund is supported by an initial investment from The Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund (AP4), and will report quarterly on the impact of the portfolio with regards to children’s rights.

For more information about the new fund, please see: www.robecosam.com

Read more about the Global Child Forum at the Royal Palace here: www.globalchildforum.org

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About RobecoSAM

Founded in 1995, RobecoSAM is an investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing. It offers asset management, indices, engagement, voting, impact analysis, sustainability assessments, and benchmarking services. Together with S&P Dow Jones Indices, RobecoSAM publishes the globally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). Approximately 130 professionals work for RobecoSAM, which is headquartered in Zurich. As of March 31, 2015, RobecoSAM had assets under management, advice and/or license in listed and private equity* of approximately USD 10 billion. Additionally, RobecoSAM’s Governance & Active Ownership team** had USD 82 billion of assets under engagement and USD 50 billion of assets under voting.www.robecosam.com

 

About Global Child Forum

Based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Global Child Forum, an independent, multi- stakeholder platform, aims to promote children’s rights together with top leaders from businesses, governments, academia and civil society. Initiated by H.M King Carl XVI Gustaf and H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden in 2009, the non-profit foundation regularly organises Forums to provide a unique platform for the identification of opportunities on how businesses can contribute to the promotion of children’s rights. The Global Child Forum on May 5 in Kuala Lumpur is the first Forum to be hosted in Southeast Asia – and is the organisation’s third regional Forum.

The Global Child Forum on Southeast Asia is organised in close association with UNICEF, UN Global Compact, ASEAN CSR Network, Save the Children, Plan International and ECPAT International.

For more information about Global Child Forum: www.globalchildforum.org

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