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HSBC Rdt US Smaller Comps has a number of positive attributes that a sustainability-focused investor may find appealing.

This strategy holds securities with low exposure to ESG risk relative to those of its peers in the Morningstar US Equity Small Cap category, earning it the highest Morningstar Sustainability Rating of 5 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.

HSBC Rdt US Smaller Comps holds itself out to be a sustainable or ESG-focused investment. In other words, ESG concerns are central to the investment process of this strategy. A fund with an ESG-focused mandate would have a higher probability to drive positive ESG outcomes. One key area of strength for HSBC Rdt US Smaller Comps is its low Morningstar Portfolio Carbon Risk Score of 7.52 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.

Hsbc Rdt Us Smaller Comps shows 9.8% involvement in carbon solutions. This percentage surpasses the 5.9% average involvement of its peers in the Small Growth 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 controversial weapons, tobacco, and and thermal coal. The fund fulfills this goal as its investment exposure to each of these activities is negligible. No companies held by HSBC Rdt US Smaller Comps are recognized as being involved in controversies at a high or severe level. From bribery and corruption to workplace discrimination and environmental incidents, controversies are incidents that have a negative impact on stakeholders or the environment, which create some degree of financial risk for the company. Severe and high controversies can have significant financial repercussions, ranging from legal penalties to consumer boycotts. In addition, they can damage the reputation of both companies themselves and their shareholders.

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