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July 07, 2009

SAM Launches New Mutual Fund for US Investors
    by Robert Kropp

The SAM Sustainable Global Active Fund invests in companies based on sustainability criteria. -- Since its founding in 1995, SAM Sustainable Asset Management has created investment products that incorporate sustainability criteria based on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations. Among its offerings are the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, which provide asset managers with objective benchmarks to manage sustainability portfolios.

Last month, SAM launched a new mutual fund for US investors. The SAM Sustainable Global Active Fund is offered in both investor share and institutional classes, with minimum investments of $2,500 and $100,000 respectively.

Based on SAM's research methodology, the new mutual fund considers ESG factors to rate the ability of companies to manage sustainability issues. Among the corporate activities analyzed by SAM's sustainability criteria are supply chain management, executive compensation, water scarcity, and climate change.

Sander van Eijkern, SAMís Chief Executive Officer, said, "With the launch of this new product in the US, we underscore our confidence in the potential of the US market. Our conviction is that sustainability trends driven by climate change, resource scarcity, energy security and demographic developments have an impact on long-term performance and corporate competitiveness."

The fund is advised by Sustainable Asset Management USA, a registered investment adviser.

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