India is Gearing Towards Sustainability. Is your Portfolio?

Posted On Wednesday, Apr 26, 2023

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We celebrated World Earth Day last Saturday. It’s time to take meaningful conversations beyond the confines of one day and convert them to sustainable actions. Take this opportunity to assess whether your portfolio is geared towards sustainability. The Government has identified Green growth as one of the seven top priorities of the Union Budget this year. India is incrementally making strides toward its climate pledge of net-zero carbon emissions by 2070. This is considering the accelerated pace of extreme weather events and challenges facing India – Climate change, deforestation, pollution, etc., are a few of the most significant environmental challenges of our time. Though the government seems to be doing some heavy lifting, the allocation falls short of what India requires for the green push. 

Environment & Social Budget Breakup -

ExpendituresActualsBudgetedEstimated
FY'20FY'21FY'22FY'23
Expenditure towards Environmental Activites (in Billion)154225570744
as % of GDP0.08%0.10%0.25%0.29%
Expenditure towards Social Activites (in Billion)1,4212,7842,7592,679
as % of GDP0.70%1.20%1.19%1.04%

Source: www.Indiabudget.gov.in

To achieve the ambitious goal of a cleaner, greener India, Corporate India must be participating. The Union Budget also underlines the urgency for corporates to adopt responsible and sustainable business practices. This shift presents new opportunities for long-term investment strategies with a sustainability focus.

It is expected that the sustainable initiatives will bring the nation a step closer to its goals spelled out at COP 26.

Why ESG is the future of investing?

ESG investing assesses quality companies on the ESG matrix (environmental, social and corporate governance criteria) and aims to achieve the triple bottom line that is good for people, the planet and profits. It identifies potential opportunities and unearths risks hidden beneath a company's business activities by measuring sustainability.

As thoughtful investors, it’s time to relook at your investments. and evaluate whether the companies underlying your investments are responsibly addressing environmental concerns among other key criteria. You have the power to demand businesses do the right thing by investing in companies that are sustainable, and avoiding those which are not.
This can help to reduce the negative impact on the environment and promote sustainable growth.

Opportunity to strengthen Equity Investments with an ESG focus

In this light, it is the right time to strengthen equity investments by adding ESG investing as part of your diversified equity strategy to help contribute towards a more sustainable future. Irrespective of which style you prefer, be it active or passive investing, Quantum India ESG Equity Fund remains a key component of our 12|20:80 Asset Allocation Strategy. Explore Quantum’s handy Asset Allocation calculator to assess how much you need to invest in ESG investments.

ESG – An Integral Component

Please note the above is a suggested fund allocation only and not as an investment advice / recommendation.

Companies with ESG are better equipped to grow over the long term

We believe that in the long term, ESG funds can deliver good long-term risk-adjusted returns. As historical trend shows, the ESG index has protected downside risk better than traditional equity funds during down markets. This was well observed during the pandemic.

Data Source: MSCI Indexes supplied by MSCI Inc, and MSCI ESG Indexes supplied by MSCI ESG Research Inc, a subsidiary of MSCI Inc. Data as of Mar 31, 2022. Past performance may or may not be sustained in the future.

Consider a mutual fund that can identify companies better positioned to navigate future ESG challenges and mitigate risks.

It’s time to invest in a true-to-label ESG fund that goes beyond the desk to give a more holistic 360-degree research backed by quantitative and qualitative criteria.

Quantum India ESG Equity Fund is one of the first ESG funds in India. At Quantum, you can rely on proprietary research developed from our years of experience in selecting stocks. Our focus has been on enhancing transparency through disclosures, as well as reducing carbon footprint.

Reasons to invest in Quantum India ESG Equity Fund

As India is gearing up in response to the increasing environmental challenges, a portfolio that encompasses ESG investments may be better positioned for risk-adjusted returns over the long term. As responsible investors, it’s time to do your part and prioritize a sustainable future by investing in Quantum India ESG Equity Fund as part of your diversified 12|20:80 portfolio. Start allocating 15% of your equity portfolio to Quantum India ESG Equity Fund.



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