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20 Years of Investing for a Positive Future

The Liontrust Sustainable Investment team have been managing their Sustainable Future (SF) funds for 20 years. Since the funds’ launch in 2001, Peter Michaelis and the team have been seeking companies to help create a cleaner, safer and healthier society for the future and generate attractive returns for investors.

The 13-strong team’s distinct investment process combines negative and positive screening and identifying the key structural growth trends that will shape the sustainable global economy of the future. The team looks at the world through the prism of three mega trends – Better resource efficiency (cleaner), Improved health (healthier) and Greater safety and resilience (safer) – and then 21 themes within these. The team invests in well run companies whose products and operations capitalise on these transformative changes.

All the sustainable elements in managing the SF funds are integrated within a single team: there are not separate fund management and ESG divisions.

20 Years of Sustainable Investing

Sustainable Investment Annual Review 2020    

The Sustainable team’s Annual Review measures the impact of their investments and analyses the success of their engagement initiatives. 

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Sustainable Investment Team Engagement & Voting Review 2019

Liontrust Sustainable Investment Engagement and Voting Review 2019

The team has been engaging on key ESG issues for nearly two decades to challenge and encourage companies to manage proactively the wider aspects of their businesses and implement better practices. In the 2019 Review, the team reflects on the impact of their engagement and their priorities for the next few years. 

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Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR)

The SFDR is now live. Learn more about how Liontrust is complying with the new requirements.

Statement on the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation

Recent insights from the team

Liontrust Insights - Article
Saving for a sustainable future
Chris Foster, 23 June 2021
Global retirement funding faces a $400tn shortfall by 2050. Saving for the Future will be a key investment theme in the portfolio of Liontrust ESG Trust PLC (ESGT), whose retail offer closes on 29 June. Read more
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The world in 2041: accessing innovations for the next 20 years
Peter Michaelis, 21 June 2021
Since the Liontrust Sustainable Future funds launched in 2001, the world has seen huge change. Peter Michaelis discusses the innovations the next two decades might bring, with the companies providing these at the heart of the Liontrust ESG Trust PLC (ESGT), whose IPO is planned for early July. Read more
Liontrust Insights - Article
Three-year milestone for Liontrust GF SF European Corporate Bond Fund
Aitken Ross, 10 June 2021
As GF SF European Corporate Bond celebrates its three-year anniversary, co-manager Aitken Ross highlights the Fund’s ESG credentials and explains why the team continues to bank on short duration and financials. Read more
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Accessing those hard-to-reach SDGs
Peter Michaelis, 9 June 2021
This year’s World Oceans Day highlights how this huge natural resource is undermined by our own actions, via plastic pollution, overfishing and carbon emissions. Finding ways to invest in solutions to these threats will be a focus for the Liontrust ESG Trust PLC, whose IPO is planned for early July. Read more
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Measuring impact: the climate change crisis
Mike Appleby, 14 May 2021
Current progress and ambition on decarbonisation both fall short of goals to limit global temperature rises to less than 1.5 degrees. At Liontrust, we continue to track how our SF funds compare on carbon emissions and invest in businesses helping to create an ultra-low carbon economy; for more on this and other ways we measure impact, see here

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The team

The Sustainable Investment team - Equities
The Sustainable Investment team - Equities
Peter Michaelis (left) and Simon Clements (right)

Peter Michaelis and Simon Clements are the lead managers of the Liontrust Sustainable Future Equities Process. The team transferred to Liontrust from Alliance Trust Investments (ATI) in April 2017 and were previously running the Sustainable Future Fund range at Aviva Investors.

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The Sustainable Investment team - Fixed Income
The Sustainable Investment team - Fixed Income
Stuart Steven (centre), Kenny Watson (left) & Aitken Ross (right)

Stuart Steven, Kenny Watson and Aitken Ross transferred to Liontrust from ATI in April 2017. Stuart was previously Investment Director at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership. Kenny was formerly at Ignis Asset Management where he was responsible for the sub investment grade bond portfolios. Aitken and Jack started their careers in the graduate scheme at ATI.

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Liontrust Sustainable Investment Advisory Committee
Advisory Committee

We have a five-strong external Advisory Committee to provide another layer of expertise in key areas of social and environmental impact: Jonathon Porritt, Sophia Tickell, Tony Greenham, Tim Jackson and Valborg Lie.

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Liontrust Sustainability Report 2020

Recent Awards

Professional Adviser Awards 2021 - Best ESG Solution for Advisers
Professional Adviser Awards 2021
Best ESG Solution for Advisers
Liontrust SF Managed Funds
SF Managed Growth Fund Manager of the Year Awards 2020
IW Fund Manager of the Year Awards 2020
Best Managed Growth Fund
Liontrust SF Managed Fund 
SF Managed Balanced Fund Manager of the Year Awards 2020
IW Fund Manager of the Year Awards 2020
Best Managed Balanced Fund
Liontrust SF Cautious Managed Fund


Further information on the Sustainable Investment team's screening criteria, policies, governance engagement and voting can be found below.

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Private investors

Liontrust Sustainable Investment team - How to invest - Private investors

Find out how to invest in Liontrust's range of sustainable funds.

How to invest

Professional advisers

Liontrust Sustainable Investment team - How to invest - Professional investors

There are a number of ways advisers can invest in Liontrust's sustainable funds on behalf of clients.

How to invest

Key Risks

Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Do remember that the value of an investment and the income generated from them can fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed, therefore, you may not get back the amount originally invested and potentially risk total loss of capital. The majority of the Liontrust Sustainable Future Funds have holdings which are denominated in currencies other than Sterling and may be affected by movements in exchange rates. Some of these funds invest in emerging markets which may involve a higher element of risk due to less well regulated markets and political and economic instability. Consequently the value of an investment may rise or fall in line with the exchange rates. Liontrust UK Ethical Fund, Liontrust SF European Growth Fund and Liontrust SF UK Growth Fund invest geographically in a narrow range and has a concentrated portfolio of securities, there is an increased risk of volatility which may result in frequent rises and falls in the Fund’s share price. Liontrust SF Managed Fund, Liontrust SF Corporate Bond Fund, Liontrust SF Cautious Managed Fund, Liontrust SF Defensive Managed Fund and Liontrust Monthly Income Bond Fund invest in bonds and other fixed-interest securities - fluctuations in interest rates are likely to affect the value of these financial instruments. If long-term interest rates rise, the value of your shares is likely to fall. If you need to access your money quickly it is possible that, in difficult market conditions, it could be hard to sell holdings in corporate bond funds. This is because there is low trading activity in the markets for many of the bonds held by these funds. Mentioned above five funds can also invest in derivatives. Derivatives are used to protect against currencies, credit and interests rates move or for investment purposes. There is a risk that losses could be made on derivative positions or that the counterparties could fail to complete on transactions.


The information and opinions provided should not be construed as advice for investment in any product or security mentioned, an offer to buy or sell units/shares of Funds mentioned, or a solicitation to purchase securities in any company or investment product. Always research your own investments and (if you are not a professional or a financial adviser) consult suitability with a regulated financial adviser before investing. 
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