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Sustainability and ESG

Seeking Sustainable Leaders: A World in Transition
We believe that that impetus toward net zero commitments is growing. COP26 delivered some important symbolic gestures and we see critical mass in corporate net-zero pledges and plans. As such, it will become increasingly imprudent in our view to ignore climate and climate policy risks in portfolios.

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.
A New, Leading Team with Strong Track Record1
Our focused, expert, 7-strong team of investment professionals joined in November last year. The team brings with them a wealth of expertise, with an average of 20 years’ experience and Citywire AAA-ratings for each of our three Portfolio Managers. The team have managed over $10bn across the two strategies over roughly 16 years.
Citywire AA ESG Winner 2022
SUSTAINABLE INVESTING AT NEUBERGER BERMAN
The team complements Neuberger Berman’s commitment to developing and pursuing ESG goals. As an active manager, we have a long-standing belief that ESG factors are an important driver of investment returns.

We are a member of the PRI 2020 Leaders’ Group, awarded to only 20 of 2,100+ PRI investment manager signatories. We also achieved A+ scores for our ESG approach by the UN PRI.2.

Member of the PRI - 2020 Leaders' Group

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A+ scores for our ESG approach by the UN PRI

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VIDEO SERIES
Introducing the team and our strategies
Our new capability enables us to offer investors a top-performing investment solution with a strong sustainable focus. In these short videos, we hear from the team, and learn more about their sustainable approach to global and European equity investing.
An introduction to Neuberger Berman's Global Sustainable Equities Team
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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.

Sustainable Equity Investing
Head of ESG Investing, Jonathan Bailey, talks through ESG investing at Neuberger Berman, and our Global Sustainable Equities Team outline the approach they adopt to identifying sustainable leaders.
Neuberger Berman's Sustainable Equity Strategies
The Team offer an overview of their approach and the recently launched global and European sustainable equity strategies.
OUR PHILOSOPHY
Societal and technological change drives corporate change. Rapid societal and technological change is driving corporate evolution and disruption.
We are seeking to identify the winners from these transitions. We believe that those companies that capitalise on change and have sustainability central to their business models can offer compelling investment opportunities with potential to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns.
Corporate Change  Corporate Change 
SEEK TO BUILD A SUSTAINABLE, FUTURE-PROOF PORTFOLO
Focus on identifying business models where sustainability reinforces competitive advantage
We use a value chain lens to construct a sustainable, future-proof portfolio. We focus on companies that:
Windmill  Windmill 
AT A GLANCE
Key features of the strategies

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
Related Funds
Global Sustainable Equity Fund
Our latest UCITS fund.
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European Sustainable Equity Fund
Our latest UCITS fund.
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Our Team
Hendrik-Jan Boer
Senior Portfolio Manager
Managing Director
Alex Zuiderwijk
Senior Portfolio Manager
Managing Director
Jeroen Brand
Senior Portfolio Manager
Managing Director
Camiel Mulders
Senior Research Analyst
Hendrik-Jan Boer, Senior Portfolio Manager, Managing Director

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, Senior Portfolio Manager, Managing Director

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, Managing Director

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, Senior Research Analyst

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.

Philip Chau, CFA, CAIA
Research Analyst
Vice President
Mark van der Geest, Senior Research Analyst

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, Research Analyst

Alex Kushev, CFA 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.

Philip Chau, CFA, CAIA, Research Analyst, Vice President
Philip Chau, CFA, CAIA, Vice President, joined Neuberger Berman in November 2020 as a Research Analyst covering the Access to Healthcare value chain sector and is a member of the Global Sustainable Equity investment team. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman, Philip covered the Global Healthcare sector for NN Investment Partners. From 2016 to 2018, Philip was part of the Young Talent Graduate Programme at NN Investment Partners, which included rotations in Impacting Investing, Global Equity Research, and Emerging Markets Debt. Philip holds a MSc in Finance and Investments from Rotterdam School of Management, a BBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Hong Kong and is a CFA and CAIA charterholder.

Key Risks


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.