Invest Sustainably, Globally
About Saturna Sustainable Funds
Launched in 2015, the Saturna Sustainable Funds seek to invest in issuers that demonstrate sustainable characteristics. Sustainable issuers are generally larger, more established, consistently profitable, and financially strong, with low risks in areas of the environment, social responsibility, and governance ("ESG").
The Funds seek issuers with:
- Sustainable profits
- Strong balance sheet
- Management strength
- High quality operations
- Risk consciousness
- Long-term focus
- Low debt
- Established businesses
Our team of investment analysts rank hundreds of companies for expected future market performance and multiple environmental (e.g., sustainability policies), social (e.g., workplace safety), and governance (e.g., board effectiveness) risk factors.
Adviser Sustainability Workbook
For financial advisers: a practical guide for integrating a client’s interest in values-based and sustainable investing within the parameters of standard financial planning. Structured to initiate a discussion with clients about their values, the Sustainability Workbook comprises three workbook exercises and a reference guide to help you gauge client interest in and promote adoption of sustainable investing strategies.
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2020 Impact Report
The end of the first quarter of 2020 marked the five-year anniversary since the inception of the Saturna Sustainable Funds. We look forward to continue serving our investors while providing them with an asset allocation option that integrates environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations.
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|Morningstar Ratings™ as of March 31, 2021A||Overall||1 Year||3 Year||5 Year||Sustainability RatingB|
|Sustainable Equity Fund (SEEFX)||★ ★ ★ ★||n/a||★ ★ ★ ★||★ ★ ★ ★||
Percent Rank in Category: 2
|% Rank in World Large Stock Category||n/a||75||21||29|
|Number of Funds in Category||762||866||762||645|
|Sustainable Bond Fund (SEBFX)||★ ★ ★||n/a||★ ★ ★ ★||★ ★ ★||
Percent Rank in Category: 3
|% Rank in World Bond Category||n/a||67||38||44|
|Number of Funds in Category||181||204||181||168|
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The Morningstar Sustainability Rating is not based on fund performance and is not equivalent to the Morningstar Rating (“Star Rating”)
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AMorningstar Ratings™ (“Star Ratings”) are as of March 31, 2021. The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or “star rating”, is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product’s monthly excess performance (not including the effects of sales charges, loads, and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.
BMorningstar Sustainability Ratings are as of February 28, 2021. The Morningstar Sustainability Rating™ is intended to measure how well the issuing companies of the securities within a fund’s portfolio are managing their environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) risks and opportunities relative to the fund’s Morningstar category peers. The Morningstar Sustainability Rating calculation is a two-step process. First, each fund with at least 67% of assets covered by a company-level ESG score from Sustainalytics receives a Morningstar Portfolio Sustainability Score™. The Morningstar Portfolio Sustainability Score is an asset-weighted average of normalized company-level ESG scores with deductions made for controversial incidents by the issuing companies, such as environmental accidents, fraud, or discriminatory behavior. The Morningstar Sustainability Rating is then assigned to all scored funds within Morningstar Categories in which at least ten (10) funds receive a Portfolio Sustainability Score and is determined by each fund’s rank within the following distribution: High (highest 10%), Above Average (next 22.5%), Average (next 35%), Below Average (next 22.5%), and Low (lowest 10%). The Morningstar Sustainability Rating is depicted by globe icons where High equals 5 globes and Low equals 1 globe. A Sustainability Rating is assigned to any fund that has more than half of its underlying assets rated by Sustainalytics and is within a Morningstar Category with at least 10 scored funds; therefore, the rating it is not limited to funds with explicit sustainable or responsible investment mandates. Morningstar updates its Sustainability Ratings monthly. Portfolios receive a Morningstar Portfolio Sustainability Score and Sustainability Rating one month and six business days after their reported as-of date based on the most recent portfolio. As part of the evaluation process, Morningstar uses Sustainalytics’ ESG scores from the same month as the portfolio as-of date.
The Fund’s portfolios are actively managed and are subject to change, which may result in a different Morningstar Sustainability Score and Rating each month.
The Saturna Sustainable Equity Fund was rated on 100% and the Saturna Sustainable Bond Fund was rated on 75% of Assets Under Management.
Percent Rank in Category is the fund’s percentile rank for the specified time period relative to all funds that have the same Morningstar category. The highest (or most favorable) percentile rank is 1 and the lowest (or least favorable) percentile rank is 100. The top-performing fund in a category will always receive a rank of 1. Percentile ranks within categories are most useful in those categories that have a large number of funds.
The Saturna Sustainable Funds limit the securities they purchase to those consistent with sustainable principles. This limits opportunities and may affect performance.