Sustainable Future

The strategy seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing in companies with the potential to produce strong financial returns and positive environmental and social outcomes.*

Product highlights

Inception date

November 30, 2017

Benchmark

Russell Midcap Growth Index

Total strategy assets

$428.3M

(as of September 2019)

Investment vehicles

  • Separate account
  • Invests in growth companies that directly demonstrate positive impact in social, environmental, or economic development.
  • We utilize bottom-up research to identify companies with attractive sustainability, fundamental, and valuation characteristics.
  • A dedicated sustainable investing team is backed by Putnam's equity research and quantitative/risk analysis groups.

*No assurance can be given that the investment objective will be achieved or that an investor will receive a return of all or part of his or her initial investment. Actual results could be materially different from the stated goals. Investors should carefully consider the risks involved before deciding to invest. See the composite disclosures for a summary of risk considerations. As with any investment, there is a potential for profit as well as the possibility of loss.

Assets may include accounts that are not reflected in the composite.

Investment team

Performance

Annualized composite performance (%) as of September 30, 2019

  MTD QTD YTD 1 Year Since Inception
Sustainable Future (gross) -1.07% -2.79% 20.06% 2.30% 10.24%
Sustainable Future (net) -1.12% -2.93% 19.57% 1.73% 9.63%
Russell Midcap Growth Index -1.14% -0.67% 25.23% 5.20% 10.42%

Calendar Year Composite Performance (%) as of September 30, 2019

  2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Sustainable Future (gross) 0.23% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Sustainable Future (net) -0.32% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Russell Midcap Growth Index -4.75% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. An investment in this strategy could lose value. Most recent month-end performance is preliminary. Returns are subject to change. Please refer to the composite report for additional important information regarding performance disclosures and investments risks.

Periods less than one year are not annualized. Performance is stated in U.S. dollars.

Literature

  • Talking sustainability with CEOs

    We have ongoing dialogue with the management teams of companies in which we invest, across a wide range of sustainability-related topics.

  • ESG outlook for 2019

    We see increasing evidence that systems thinking is becoming more prevalent and influential throughout corporations and the investment community.

  • Strategy profile (PDF)

Important disclosures

Composition of composite: The Putnam Investments Sustainable Future Composite (the "Composite"') seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation by investing mainly in U.S. equity securities of companies whose products and services provide solutions that directly contribute to sustainable social, environmental, and economic development. It utilizes bottom-up fundamental research, including assessment of valuation and sustainability factors when selecting investments for the portfolio. The Composite's benchmark is the Russell Midcap Growth Index. Accounts in the Composite may invest in private placements and may use derivatives, such as futures, options, and swaps, for both hedging and non-hedging purposes. The Composite comprises all fully discretionary accounts managed by Putnam Investments in this investment style. The Composite creation date was December 13, 2017.

The Russell Midcap Growth Index measures the performance of those Russell Midcap companies with higher price/book ratios and higher forecasted growth values. The stocks are also members of the Russell 1000® Growth Index.

Composites may include portfolios with certain existing investment restrictions that the Firm believes do not materially impact the investment strategy. Benchmarks are generally taken from published sources and may have different calculation methodologies, pricing times, and/or foreign-exchange sources from the composite. The effect of those differences is generally deemed to be immaterial. The securities holdings of the Composite may differ materially from those of the index used for comparative purposes. Composites and benchmarks include the reinvestment of dividends and other earnings. Indexes are unmanaged and do not incur expenses. You cannot invest directly in an index. Gross-of-fees returns do not include the deduction of management fees and other expenses that may be incurred in managing an investment account. A portfolio's return will be reduced by advisory and other fees. Net-of-fee returns are calculated using a model fee. For the applicable time periods, net-of-fees returns reflect either the deduction of the highest management fee that is paid by a portfolio in the Composite during the performance period, applied on a monthly basis, or the deduction of the highest applicable management fee in effect during the performance period that would be charged based on the fee schedule appropriate to this mandate, without the benefit of breakpoints, applied on a monthly basis, whichever is higher. Net-of-fee calculation methodology may change over time. Actual investment advisory fees incurred by clients are typically negotiated on an individual basis and may vary depending upon, among other things, the applicable fee schedule and portfolio size. Our standard fee schedules are available upon request.