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European Sustainable Equity Fund

UCITS Fund | Equities

European Sustainable Equity Fund

SFDR Classification | Article 8

Overview
Seeks to outperform the benchmark over a market cycle (3-5 years) by investing in high quality European equity holdings where sustainability reinforces competitive advantage

Why Invest

Keen Emphasis on Competitive Advantages

We seek to identify industry leaders with strong, stable market positions and meaningful opportunities to reinvest cashflows at attractive returns

Value Chain Lens to Business Model Assessment and Resilience

We use a value chain lens that looks beyond traditional sector classifications for threats and opportunities to help us identify potential transition winners

Focused on Financially Material ESG Risks and Opportunities

We seek strong, innovative companies that structurally adapt to change, including leadership on relevant ESG factors

This is a marketing communication in respect of the Neuberger Berman European Sustainable Equity Fund. Please refer to the fund prospectus and offering documents, including the Key Information Document (“KID”) or Key Investor Information Document (“KIID”) as applicable, before making any final investment decisions. Investors should note that by making an investment they will own shares in the fund, and not the underlying assets.

The fund complies with the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (the “SFDR”) and is classified as an Article 8 SFDR fund. Neuberger Berman believes that Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) factors, like any other factor, should be incorporated in a manner appropriate for the specific asset class, investment objective and style of each investment strategy.

Key Risks

Sustainable Risk: The fund may focus on investments in companies that relate to certain sustainable development themes and demonstrate adherence to environmental, social and corporate governance practices. This may mean the universe of securities from which the Fund can invest in may be smaller than that of other funds and may underperform the market as a result.

Concentration Risk: The fund's investments may be concentrated in a small number of investments and its performance may therefore be more variable than the performance of a more diversified fund.

Derivatives Risk: The fund is permitted to use certain types of financial derivative instruments (including certain complex instruments). This may increase the fund’s leverage significantly which may cause large variations in the value of your share. Investors should note that the fund may achieve its investment objective by investing principally in Financial Derivative Instruments (FDI). There are certain investment risks that apply in relation to the use of FDI. The fund’s use of FDI can involve significant risks of loss.

Market Risk: The risk of a change in the value of a position as a result of underlying market factors, including among other things, the overall performance of companies and the market perception of the global economy.

Liquidity Risk: The risk that the fund may be unable to sell an investment readily at its fair market value. In extreme market conditions this can affect the fund’s ability to meet redemption requests upon demand.

Counterparty Risk: The risk that a counterparty will not fulfil its payment obligation for a trade, contract or other transaction, on the due date.

Operational Risk: The risk of direct or indirect loss resulting from inadequate or failed processes, people and systems including those relating to the safekeeping of assets or from external events.

Currency Risk: Investors who subscribe in a currency other than the base currency of the fund are exposed to currency risk. Fluctuations in exchange rates may affect the return on investment. Where past performance is shown it is based on the share class to which this webpage relates. If the currency of this share class is different from your local currency, then you should be aware that due to exchange rate fluctuations the performance shown may increase or decrease if converted into your local currency.

 

For full information on the risks please refer to the fund prospectus and offering documents, including the KID or KIID, as applicable.

Performance and Exposures
ESG
Fund Facts

The ongoing charge figure (incl. management fee) is based on the annual expenses for the period ending 31 December 2023.

The fund’s benchmark name shown here may be abbreviated. Please refer to the supplement for the full benchmark name.

Portfolio Management Team
Hendrik-Jan Boer
Senior Portfolio Manager and Global Equities Team Group Head
34 Years of Industry Experience
3 Years with Neuberger Berman
Alex Zuiderwijk, CFA
Senior Portfolio Manager
24 Years of Industry Experience
3 Years with Neuberger Berman
Jeroen Brand
Senior Portfolio Manager
24 Years of Industry Experience
3 Years with Neuberger Berman
Hendrik-Jan Boer, Senior Portfolio Manager and Global Equities Team Group Head

Hendrik-Jan Boer joined Neuberger Berman in November 2020 as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager in the Global Sustainable Equity investment team. Hendrik-Jan joined from NN Investment Partners, where since 2004 he had been the Investment Team Manager of Sustainable Investments, a Senior Portfolio Manager of Sustainable Equity Strategies, the Chair of the NN IP Proxy Voting Committee, and a member of the NN IP ESG Board. He joined NN Investment Partners in 1998 and prior to that, was a senior corporate analyst at NatWest Securities, and before that was a senior corporate and European sector analyst at I.R.I.S. (Institute for Research and Investment Services). He began his career at Swiss Bank Corp as a strategist and corporate analyst. Hendrik-Jan earned a MSc in Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Alex Zuiderwijk, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager

Alex Zuiderwijk, CFA, joined Neuberger Berman in November 2020 as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager in the Global Sustainable Equity investment team. Alex joined from NN Investment Partners, where he was a Senior Portfolio Manager of Sustainable Equity Strategies and a member of the NN IP Proxy Voting Committee. Prior to that, he was at ING IM most recently as a Senior Investment Analyst and before that as an Equity Trader. He began his career at ING Barings as a Research Editor. Alex earned a MSc in Economics & Finance from Open University in 2006 and a BSc in Economics & Law from Haagse Hogeschool in 1999.

Jeroen Brand, Senior Portfolio Manager

Jeroen Brand joined Neuberger Berman in November 2020 as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager in the Global Sustainable Equity investment team. Jeroen joined from NN Investment Partners, where he was a Senior Portfolio Manager of Sustainable Equity Strategies. Prior to that, he was a Senior Portfolio Manager at ING IM. He began his career at AEGON Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager. Jeroen earned a MSc in Business Administration from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

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