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Female led team of veteran ESG investors to launch debut fund

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York for New Managers:

A female-led team of veteran ESG investors is preparing to launch a new fund early next year built on their ESG investing and advisory experience.

Sustainable Impact Capital will be a long-only small/mid-cap fund focused on identifying innovative companies with a solid ESG foundation. The Fund will use an ESG framework for evaluating companies that is based on Founder Nidhi Chadda's work as CEO of Enzo Advisors, a global ESG consultancy. Chadda is joined by advisors Catherine Banat, former Head of Responsible Investing at RBC, and Matthew Hampshire Waugh investment banker and expert on net zero technologies.

"Having been both a portfolio manager and an advisor focused on ESG, I view ESG not only as a risk management tool but also a long-term value creation opportunity," Chadda tells Opalesque New Managers. To that end, Chadda and the investment team view sustainability initiatives within a company as core to its ability to build a durable competitive advantage for the long term.

According to Chadda, when it comes to small and mid-cap names there is limited coverage from ESG rating providers. "Corporate ESG programs tend to be less robust in small/mid-cap," she explains. Because of this, it is necessary to take an active approach - remaining in close contact with management teams and digging deep into com......................

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