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Sustainability Summary

BNY Mellon Sustainable US Equity Fd has a number of positive attributes that may appeal to sustainability-focused investors.

This fund has relatively low exposure to ESG risk compared with its peers in the US Equity Large Cap Blend category, earning it the second highest Morningstar Sustainability Rating of 4 globes. ESG risk provides investors with a signal that reflects to what degree their investments are exposed to risks related to material ESG issues, including climate change, biodiversity, product safety, community relations, data privacy and security, bribery and corruption, and corporate governance, that are not sufficiently managed. ESG risk differs from impact, which is about seeking positive environmental and social outcomes.

Based on its latest prospectus, sustainability or ESG factors are a focus in the investment process of BNY Mellon Sustainable US Equity Fd. Funds with ESG-focused mandates are more likely to deliver positive sustainability outcomes. One key area of strength for BNY Mellon Sustainable US Equity Fd is its low Morningstar Portfolio Carbon Risk Score of 4.46 and very low fossil fuel exposure over the past 12 months, which earns it the Morningstar Low Carbon Designation. Thus, the companies held in the portfolio are in general alignment with the transition to a low-carbon economy.

The fund's 20.7% involvement in carbon solutions is not only high in absolute terms, but also surpasses the 12.8% average involvement of its peers in the Large Blend category. Carbon solutions include products and services related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, green buildings, green transportation, and so on. By prospectus, the fund aims to avoid, or limit its exposure to, companies associated with tobacco, and, as expected, the fund is not currently invested in such companies. The fund aims to avoid, or limit exposure to, companies in violation with international norms, such as the UN Global Compact or the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The fund has a modest level of exposure (7.46%) to companies with high or severe controversies. Companies with controversies are involved in incidents such as corruption, employee abuses, and that pose some degree of business risks to the company. Severe and high controversies can have significant financial repercussions, ranging from legal penalties to consumer boycotts. In addition, they controversies can damage the reputation of both companies themselves and their shareholders.

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