Vanguard today announced that Vanguard Baillie Gifford Global Positive Impact Stock Fund is available for investment. The fund consists of a global equity portfolio with the potential to outperform the broad market through active management and contribute positively to solving some of the world’s challenges, including social and environmental challenges.
Vanguard introduced the fund via a tax-free reorganization of the Baillie Gifford Positive Change Equities Fund. The new Vanguard fund will continue to rely on Baillie Gifford’s significant expertise in fundamental equity research and impact analysis, as well as the firm’s consistent framework for identifying high-quality growth companies that are driving solutions to global issues.
“We’ve taken a thoughtful and intentional approach to introducing ESG funds that help investors meet their long-term financial goals while also addressing their ESG investing preferences,” said Dan Reyes, head of Vanguard Portfolio Review Department. “We believe Baillie Gifford’s expertise positions them to build a portfolio with the potential to deliver excess return and positive impact for those investors seeking both.”
About impact investing
Impact investing is an investment strategy in which portfolio managers target companies that they believe will generate long-term financial returns and generate positive social and/or environmental impact. Vanguard believes that an active approach to impact investing enables skilled managers to better navigate the complexities of identifying companies driving positive change to build a portfolio with the potential to deliver on outperformance and impact objectives. The fund’s global mandate provides managers with the broadest opportunity set to identify companies that meet these objectives.
Vanguard selected Baillie Gifford for their differentiated approach to impact investing and long-term success in active management. Baillie Gifford leverages its diverse team and patience to identify companies making progress against global challenges that require creativity and a long time horizon.
Vanguard Baillie Gifford Global Positive Impact Stock Fund maintains the investment objectives and portfolio management team of its predecessor fund, ensuring consistency for shareholders. Baillie Gifford will also continue to produce an annual impact report using robust, bottom-up research that complements its investment analysis. The fund has an investment minimum of $3,000 and expense ratio of 0.59%, compared with the average expense ratio of 1.26%1 for funds in its peer category.
Vanguard’s ESG lineup
Vanguard’s ESG lineup reflects the evolving investment goals and preferences of some investors. The firm has offered ESG funds to U.S. investors for more than two decades and, in recent years, has broadened its lineup with products that enable investors to better align investment objectives with personal preferences by accounting for ESG considerations.
With the addition of Vanguard Baillie Gifford Global Positive Impact Stock Fund, Vanguard now has six ESG offerings in the U.S. Vanguard’s exclusionary-screened equity and fixed income ETFs serve investors who want to avoid or reduce exposure to certain sectors or business-related activities that pose heightened ESG-related risks or conflict with their personal values. Vanguard’s first active ESG mutual fund, Vanguard Global ESG Select Stock Fund, is designed for clients who want to invest in companies with leading ESG practices and strong business fundamentals. The Vanguard Baillie Gifford Global Positive Impact Stock Fund broadens Vanguard’s overall ESG product suite and is designed for clients looking to invest in companies that have the potential to outperform the broad market as well as deliver positive change.
Founded in 1975, Vanguard is one of the world's leading investment management companies. The firm offers investments, advice, and retirement services to individual investors, institutions, and financial professionals. Vanguard operates under a unique, investor-owned structure where Vanguard fund shareholders own the funds, which in turn own Vanguard. As such, Vanguard adheres to a simple purpose: To take a stand for all investors, to treat them fairly, and to give them the best chance for investment success. For more information, visit vanguard.com.
About Baillie Gifford
Baillie Gifford is an independent investment partnership founded in Edinburgh in 1908, focused on long-term growth investing in some of the world’s most exciting companies. With 1,684 staff and assets under management of $365 billion, it has offices in Edinburgh (HQ), Dublin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Krakow, London, New York, Shanghai, Toronto, Amsterdam and Zurich. Baillie Gifford has worked with Vanguard since 2003 and manages $52 billion of assets on behalf of the Pennsylvania-based firm. Asset figures as of March 31, 2022.
1 As compared with the average of the lowest expense ratios offered for 14 global equity ESG impact mutual funds across the industry. Sources: Morningstar, Vanguard.
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