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