Investment Led. Impact Driven.

Emerging Markets Sustainable Impact

Emerging Markets Sustainable Impact


At its essence, sustainability means ensuring prosperity and environmental protection without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Former Secretary-General of the United Nations

Investment Led
Impact Driven

Developing economies have been a significant driver of global growth in recent years. At the same time, there is a growing desire to align values and interests with investing intended to make a societal impact.

The current combination of long-term growth trends and improving corporate practices provides investment opportunities in emerging markets that can also make an impact.

The Emerging Markets Sustainable Impact strategy seeks to provide attractive risk-adjusted returns by investing in accelerating growth companies that also seek to make a positive impact by contributing to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


will open by achieving the Global Goals by 2030 — well over 50% will be in developing countries.

New Jobs

will be created by achieving the Global Goals by 2030 — almost 90% of them in developing countries.

Source: Business & Sustainable Development Commission, Better Business, Better World, January 2017.

Pursuing the Global Goals could raise trillions in new market opportunities in ways that extend prosperity to all.

Pursuing the Global Goals could raise trillions in new market opportunities in ways that extend prosperity to all.

Better Business, Better World

Impact Investing—
It’s in Our DNA

With every investment decision, you make a choice for a better world. At American Century, impact goes beyond our investment strategies.

Our founder established and endowed the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a world-class biomedical organization dedicated to uncovering the causes, treatments and prevention of genetically based diseases, like cancer. The Institute owns a controlling interest in American Century, and through this unique ownership structure, dividend payments ensure the ongoing support of important work that can improve human health and save lives.


have been distributed to our owner, the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, since 2000.

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, Missouri.

Emerging Markets
Sustainable Impact

Investment Objective

Generate returns while achieving positive social and environmental impact by investing in companies that contribute to one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Corporate Impact

Through unique ownership structure, American Century directs 40% of profits in the form of dividends to support basic medical research that could lead to lifesaving cures.

At A Glance

Inception Date 1 May 2019
Geography Emerging Markets
Capitalization Size Large Cap
Benchmark MSCI Emerging Markets
Typical Holdings 50 to 70
Excess Return Market
2% to 3%
Expected Tracking Error 2% to 6%

Pursuing the Global Goals could raise trillions in new market opportunities in ways that extend prosperity to all.

Corporations and investors are looking more for products that accomplish: positive alpha and investment in companies that will help the world tomorrow.

Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager

Investment Process

Since 1997, we have managed emerging market equities using a distinct growth philosophy and process. Now you can benefit from more than two decades of asset-class expertise within an impact framework.

Seeking Financial Returns and Societal Impact

The portfolio seeks to participate in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) efforts by investing in firms we believe can generate positive impact and returns.

Differentiated Philosophy

Guided by a proprietary process which expands the investable universe, we look for companies with accelerating and sustainable growth characteristics while incorporating ESG integration.

Impact Thesis

Our goal is to ensure investments exhibit both a demonstrable financial business case and a quantifiable impact on society and/or the environment.

Portfolio managers and investment analysts are responsible for:

  • Developing ideas and investment goals during the fundamental research stage, which maps potential holdings to SDGs
  • Monitoring and engaging with companies to confirm exposure to SDG impact themes




The Blueprint to Achieve a Better and More Sustainable Future for All

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals seek to solve the world’s most pressing issues—many of which directly impact the emerging markets.1

By investing to advance the SDGs, asset owners and asset managers play a critical role in promoting prosperity, meeting social needs and protecting the environment.




SDG Alignment

All companies considered for the portfolio must map to one or more SDG. Investment analysts identify and verify a company’s SDG exposure through a range of resources:

Third-Party Tools and Company Engagement

Analysts use a variety of tools and may engage with companies directly to validate SDG exposure.

ESG and Investment Stewardship Team

Our integrated ESG team provides a proprietary ESG risk review to confirm that SDG exposure is aligned with corporate behavior (i.e., avoiding “SDG impact washing”).

Impact Rationale Thesis

Analysts’ proprietary research culminates in an Impact Thesis that explains current or projected SDG alignment in combination with the stock’s fundamental growth profile.


Developed by a global team of industry and government leaders and adopted by all 193 U.N. member states, the SDGs include 17 goals and 169 attendant targets aimed at solving some of the world’s most pressing problems by 2030. The goals include eradicating poverty, protecting environmental resources, and achieving gender and income equality.

Process Fully Integrates
SDG Considerations



Identify companies exhibiting accelerating growth and improving fundamentals and contribute to the SDG goals



Confirm acceleration is genuine and sustainable

Validate company’s SDG exposure



Focus portfolio on best ideas

Monitor risk controls and guidelines, including SDG alignment and progress



Construct a portfolio of 50-70 securities


Each stock recommended for inclusion in the strategy must align with three criteria:

  • Portfolio’s investment philosophy and process
  • One or more SDG
  • In-house, proprietary ESG risk assessment

The strategy will not invest in companies that are:

  • In violation of the United Nations Global Compact principles
  • On the exclusion list recommended by the Council on Ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global
  • Materially involved in the alcohol, gambling, adult entertainment and conventional and controversial weapons and industries


Measuring Impact

We measure and monitor SDG impact in the following ways:

  • Annual report on the portfolio’s investment allocation per SDG goal and stock-per-stock assessment of impact achieved (or to be achieved)
  • Engagement with management to confirm a company’s SDG alignment and progress toward SDG impact

1 Mexico

Advanced telecom with accessible prices

2 Colombia

Financial services in a sustainable manner

3 Peru

Financial services including banking and insurance

4 Brazil

High-quality education at scale

5 Brazil

Treated water and sewage services

6 South Africa

Retail banking with low costs and flexibility

7 China

Educational services and increased employment rates

8 China

Waste-to-energy operations

9 South Korea

R&D of high-quality consumer goods

10 India

Financial services for economically weak areas

11 Thailand

Credit services and personal loans

12 Taiwan

Leasing and financing for small-mid-sized enterprises

13 Indonesia

Home, persona care and food production

Companies for illustrative purposes only. May or may not be current holdings.


When portfolio managers incorporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into an investment strategy, they consider those issues in conjunction with traditional financial analysis. When selecting investments, portfolio managers incorporate ESG factors into the portfolio's existing asset class, time horizon, and objectives. Therefore, ESG factors may limit the investment opportunities available, and the portfolio may perform differently than those that do not incorporate ESG factors. Portfolio managers have ultimate discretion in how ESG issues may impact a portfolio's holdings, and depending on their analysis, investment decisions may not be affected by ESG factors.

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