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European Small Cap Equity
We’re regularly baffled by the ESG scores for companies we know are committed to a sustainable future
We are often vocal about the shortcomings of ESG ratings. This frustration is particularly acute for our European Small Cap Equity team who invest in companies that often do not have any coverage from ESG agencies. For those that are rated, the grades rarely reflect what we understand of the company through our bottom-up analysis and regular company interaction. We’re regularly baffled by the ESG scores for companies we know are committed to a sustainable future.
Portfolio management and client service to our clients
In these challenging times, we maintain the view we expressed last week (please see here). Basically, the news flow from this pandemic continues to deteriorate and the extraordinary measures taken by governments are likely to create much uncertainties and volatility in the short term anyway. Whereas it remains extremely difficult to make any meaningful forecasts, it seems to be a very violent but time limited shock to the world economy. Our conviction is therefore that fundamentals will be the determining aspect of the recovery. This should be a positive for active management and reinforces the relevance of our boutique “away from the crowds” investment model.
We would like to keep you up to date with our thinking in this period of extreme volatility and give you a quick update on our funds at QUAERO CAPITAL. In the fog of war, it is extremely hazardous to make any prediction and invariably, these tend to be highly contextual or misguided in a shock such as the one we have experienced this quarter.
We can however make a number of observations that we hope will be useful to our clients.
The spotlight in recent weeks has shifted back upon the palm oil industry. The negative connotations associated with the sector have continued to deepen, but there is a growing number of producers who offer a differentiated product, one made with a focus on sustainability. Worldwide, demand for the commodity has continued to rise which brings nations and climate activists to a crossroad, wondering whether sustainable palm oil can be produced whilst fighting climate change.