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Quality ESG

A Quality Approach to Sustainable Investing

Peter M. Zymali

Peter M. Zymali

Portfolio Manager
Peter Zymali is a senior portfolio manager and is responsible for portfolio management for the firm’s Quality ESG strategy. He serves as a member of the Northern Trust Sustainable Investing Council as well as the Proxy Voting Committee. He currently is the lead manager of the Northern U.S. Quality ESG mutual fund.

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The Quality ESG strategy adds a proprietary quality factor to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing, providing exposure to both high-quality and highly ESG-rated companies.

The Quality ESG (QESG) strategy implements a unique Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration strategy, alongside a proprietary quality factor screen, to quantitatively target companies with both financial and non-financial sustainability.

By incorporating ESG metrics, eliminating exposure to companies involved in objectionable business lines, and avoiding exposure to the least financially sustainable companies, the QESG strategy invests at the intersection of high quality and highly rated ESG companies.

Strategy Highlights

  • Integrates a proprietary Quality and ESG factors to improve risk adjusted returns
  • Targets companies with above-peer group ESG ratings
  • Seeks to reduce carbon footprint by greater than 50% in both emissions and reserves

A Complete View of ESG Sustainability

The QESG strategy evaluates company sustainability from multiple perspectives