New Solutions Fund: Storebrand Equal Opportunities

Storebrand has just launched Storebrand Equal Opportunities, a fund investing in companies well-positioned to solve pressing social needs, as identified in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

By  Ellen Grieg Andersen

While the SDG’s span the full range of ESG issues, Storebrand Equal Opportunities will initially focus on companies that are making essential digital, financial, and health-related services available to more people worldwide. The new fund targets companies across sectors such as women’s health, digital health, microfinance, and internet access, among others.

There are still billions of people who do not have access to essential services that most of us depend on. We believe the companies that help solve problems like these – some of the most important problems faced by people around the world - will perform well in the future.

Historically, when talking about sustainable investing or ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investing, the "E" in ESG has gotten a lot of attention. Over the past couple of years, the "S" have gotten an increased interest with existing opportunities and policy framework that might fall into place, but there is still a lack of funding for the social needs defined in the SDGs.

Third fund in Storebrand’s SDG-oriented “Solutions” portfolio

Storebrand Equal Opportunities arrives as the third in Storebrand’s Solutions family of SDG-themed funds. The other Solutions funds that Storebrand has previously launched, address the themes of renewable energy, and smart cities. Each of the funds seeks investment opportunities guided by themes taken from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), creates opportunities for investors to allocate capital to help accelerate sustainable development. Within the SDGs are outlined a series of social goals that the world needs to resolve by 2030.

Global scope

The investment universe for the fund is global, providing coverage of both developed markets and emerging markets. Storebrand aims for this fund to help fulfil a core principle underlying the SDGs: creating better access to essential services for the world’s entire population.

Historical returns are no guarantee of future returns. Future returns will depend, among other things, on market developments, the manager's skills, the fund's risk profile and management fees. The returns can be negative as a result of price losses. There is risk associated with investments in the fund due to market movements, developments in currency, interest rates, economic conditions, industry- and company-specific conditions. Before investing, customers are advised to familiarize themselves with the fund's key information and prospectus, which contains further information about the fund's characteristics and costs.