News in brief - 16 July 2021

The Quilter Investors Cirilium range has added three sustainable equity funds.

The funds added to the portfolios were the Jupiter Global Sustainable Equities fund, Premier Miton European Sustainable Leaders fund and the Regnan Global Impact Equities fund, all of which invest in companies leading the transition to a more sustainable world or target a positive impact by investing in companies that have the potential to address social and environmental issues. Alongside this, the group has added the Wells Fargo Global Climate Bond, which was seeded by Quilter Investors, to the lower risk conservative and balanced portfolios.

Barnett Waddingham has announced plans for a new flexible working framework, WorkSmart.

The framework was developed over the past 12 months following extensive and regular engagement with both employees and clients. Under the new flexible working plans, the company is anticipating a blend of working locations during a typical week for the majority of its employees, and will continue to invest in all eight of its offices with a continued focus on enhanced team working and collaboration. The framework also features plans for ongoing investment in technology, to ensure delivery of innovative and high quality solutions to clients.

Invesco has expanded its responsible ETF range.

The addition of the Invesco MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Universal Screened UCITS ETF means that investors will now have a choice of eight regional and global exposures that apply a consistent set of exclusions and are designed to increase holdings in companies that have robust credentials on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. The index is constructed from the parent MSCI Emerging Markets index by first excluding any company involved in controversial, conventional or nuclear weapons, civilian firearms, oil sands, thermal coal, tobacco or recreational cannabis.

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