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In pursuit of value creation, our sustainable theme investment professionals focus on companies whose products and services, in their view, stand to make positive long-term contributions to society and the environment, underpinned by structural economic drivers.
Focusing on trendlines, not headlines
For more than 40 years, Wellington investors have engaged in a firmwide research initiative, aimed at identifying the ideas that will shape the future. This culture of thematic thinking is the basis of and inspiration behind our next-generation investment approaches.
Structural themes can change the world. Areas like biotechnology or renewable energy, which were barely investable 30 years ago, are now enormous opportunity sets. Today’s next-generation ideas may be among the most important long-term economic drivers for the next 30 years.
The dynamics that sustain economic progress are typically more enduring than near-term growth drivers, and these structural trends can provide a wide range of investment opportunities.
Our sustainable theme investment professionals believe an active approach to thematic investing is essential for identifying disruptive companies that can improve outcomes through scale, cooperation, and innovation. Our portfolio construction focuses on risk contributions, aiming to smooth risk and return experiences across thematic exposures.
How to invest
Our Investment Strategy (iStrat) Team builds on Wellington’s Future Themes research initiative, a more than 40-year tradition focused on identifying long-term, structural themes that lead to sustainable economic development. The iStrat Team believes the most exciting development forces for the next few decades, particularly across emerging markets, will center on the megatrends of inclusion, sustainability, and innovation.
Pharmaceutical innovation cuts across sector lines
“I think looking more broadly at the whole health care ecosystem — across subsectors of biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, and health care services — it’s a really great time for dedicated health care analysts to research companies and build portfolios for clients.”
— Rebecca Sykes, CFA, Global Industry Analyst
Meet our sustainable theme investing experts
Thematic investing focus: a new era for medical innovation
Advances in science, tools and technologies are transforming the face of healthcare, revolutionising the diagnosis and treatment of complex diseases. How can thematic investors identify promising opportunities?
Power hungry: Why the energy transition may depend on storage and flexibility
See why our utilities experts see demand for large-scale batteries and flexible-power generation growing more than consensus.
How a thematic approach can help harness change within portfolios
Multi-Asset Strategist Supriya Menon and Investment Director Andrew Sharp-Paul discuss why a thematic approach can help harness change within portfolios against a structurally different macroeconomic backdrop.
Thematic investing focus: Cloud-backed AI and enterprise intelligence
Cloud-based computing and artificial intelligence are transforming the way enterprises operate, creating what we believe will be a secular tailwind for companies providing software, machine learning tools, and cybersecurity.
2023 Asia Pacific Investment Forum: Restrategise for an altered macro regime
At our 2023 Asia Pacific Investment Forum, a multidisciplinary group of Wellington’s specialists shared their unique perspectives on how to re-strategise for 2023 and beyond.
The allocator’s perspective: three key decisions on EM equities
How can investors best access opportunities within an improving outlook for emerging market equities? Natasha Brook-Walters, co-head of iStrat, shares three key decision points for allocators.
Thematic investing focus: The education imperative
Education is poised for transformation — and set to see a decade of spending and growth we believe will be unmatched by any since the post-World War II boom.
Why investing in themes for EM equities may reap rewards
Portfolio Manager Dáire Dunne outlines why he is increasingly optimistic about the potential opportunities within select EM equity themes this year.
Adding thematic equity investments to a multi-asset portfolio: An allocator’s handbook
Thematic investing may add a powerful return engine to portfolios, but allocators sometimes struggle with implementation decisions. Members of our Investment Strategy Team offer a framework for thinking about allocation size, strategy selection, and performance evaluation.
Thematic investing focus: The future of food
The global food system has reached a tipping point and change is coming, creating investment opportunities aided by demographic, policy, and innovation tailwinds.
A theme is not an index
Portfolio Manager Dáire Dunne and Investment Director Andrew Sharp-Paul discuss the case for active thematic investing and highlight the importance of avoiding so-called "theme-washing."
FAQs: Sustainable theme investing