AXA launches Plastic & Waste Transition fund

18 January 2023

AXA Investment Managers has launched the AXA WF ACT Plastic & Waste Transition Equity QI fund.

Managed by the AXA IM Equity QI team, the fund supports, on the long-term, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), in particular the SDG 12, Responsible consumption and production, by investing in companies that that are UN SDG 12 aligned, limiting or managing in a sustainable way their plastic use or have efficient waste management practices.

This includes taking action in operations such as production processes, recycling rates and supply chain management, to limit or manage in a sustainable way their plastic and waste footprint or because the company provides products that directly support responsible consumption and production.

The fund invests in large, mid and small cap companies across developed and emerging markets.

The selection and weightings of the stocks is based on a proprietary quantitative process that incorporates both financial and non-financial data with the objective of identifying fundamental drivers of risk and return whilst structuring the portfolio in a way that meets the fund’s SDG objectives.

As an example, the management team uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) to increase exposure to companies that are actively articulating a plastic or waste approach in their earnings calls.

The fund forms part of AXA IM’s ACT range and harnesses both external and internal data (including AXA IM qualitative SDG insights) to measure positive contributions of the companies to the UN SDG 12.

Commenting on the launch of the fund, Jonathan White, Head of Investment Strategy & Sustainability in AXA IM Equity QI team, said: “Companies that are reducing waste and supporting a more sustainable approach to their use of plastic play a key role in the effort to mitigate climate change and stem biodiversity loss.

“We expect the next few years to be pivotal in plastics pollution mitigation driven by both government regulation and changing end-consumer preference. These structural trends are likely to drive significant growth in segments of the markets such as sustainable packaging and plastic recycling.

“As such it is our view that companies that are facilitators or leaders in waste management and plastic-use are not only sustainable investments but could also be an attractive long term investment opportunity.”

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