Sustainability and ESG
Furthermore, rapid societal and technological change is driving a corporate evolution, creating some powerful investment themes.
We believe that the companies that are best placed to benefit from this disruption are quality businesses where sustainability reinforces competitive advantage.
Our global and European sustainable equity strategies offer investors a concentrated, risk controlled portfolio where sustainability, a value chain lens and engagement are core to the approach.
We are a member of the PRI 2020 Leaders' Group awarded to only 20 of approximately 2,100 PRI investment manager signatories. We also achieved top scores (5 stars) in the most recent UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) assessment for ESG investment and stewardship approach and integration across asset classes.2.
In this brief video, Joe Amato, Equities CIO and President, introduces Neuberger Berman's Global Sustainable Equities Team while the team discuss their investment philosophy and approach.
We focus on companies that:
Global portfolios of 40 — 60 holdings
Risk-controlled portfolios, with high active share (>75%)
Sustainability, value chain lens and engagement key to approach
Experienced, industry-leading investment team,1 supported by broader NB research platform
Strong-performing team with a distinctive investment process1
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, 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 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.
Camiel Mulders joined Neuberger Berman in November 2020 as a Senior Research Analyst covering the Fintech and Financial Inclusion value chain sector and is a member of the Global Sustainable Equity investment team. Since 2006, Camiel covered the Financials sector for NN Investment Partners. Previously, Camiel spent 8 years at Rabobank as an equity analyst, where he covered consumer staples and later financials. Camiel holds a MSc in Corporate Finance from Nijenrode University.
Mark van der Geest joined Neuberger Berman in November 2020 as a Senior Research Analyst covering the Energy Transition and Industrial Innovation value chain sector and is a member of the Global Sustainable Equity investment team. Since 2013, Mark covered the Global Industrials sector for NN Investment Partners, and, in 2018, he added coverage of the Global Technology Hardware and Semiconductor sectors. Previously, Mark spent 18 years on the sell-side at various brokers, including UBS and ABN AMRO. Mark holds a MSc in Econometrics from the University of Groningen.
Alex Kushev, CFA, Vice President, joined Neuberger Berman in November 2020 as a Research Analyst covering the Conscious Consumer value chain sector and is a member of the Global Sustainable Equity investment team. Since 2016, Alex covered the Global Consumer sector for NN Investment Partners. From 2014 to 2016, Alex was part of the Graduate Asset Management Program at NN Investment Partners, which included rotations in Global Equity Research, Emerging Markets Debt and manager selection at NN's in-house consulting arm, Altis. Alex holds a MSc in Finance and Investments (Cum Laude) from Rotterdam School of Management, a Bsc in Economics and Business from University of Amsterdam and is a CFA charter holder.
Counterparty Risk: The risk that a counterparty will not fulfil its payment obligation for a trade, contract or other transaction, on the due date.
Currency Risk: Investments in a currency other than the base currency of the portfolio are exposed to currency risk. Fluctuations in exchange rates may affect the return on investment. If the currency of the portfolio is different from your local currency, then you should be aware that due to exchange rate fluctuations the performance may increase or decrease if converted into your local currency.
Liquidity Risk: The risk that the portfolio may be unable to sell an investment readily at its fair market value.
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.
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.
Sustainable Risk: The strategy 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 strategy can invest in may be smaller than that of other strategies and may underperform the market as a result.