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Westwood Salient Global Real Estate C KIRCX Sustainability

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Sustainability Analysis

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Sustainable Summary

Westwood Salient Global Real Estate Fund has several promising attributes that may appeal to sustainability-focused investors.

This fund has above-average exposure to ESG risk relative to its peers in the Real Estate Sector Equity category, earning it the second-lowest Morningstar Sustainability Rating of 2 globes. Investors concerned about ESG risk may be better off with funds earning 4 or 5 globes, as they tend to hold securities less exposed to ESG risk. ESG risk provides investors with a signal that reflects to what degree their investments are exposed to risks related to material ESG issues, such as climate change and inequalities, that are not sufficiently managed. ESG risk differs from impact, which is about seeking positive environmental and social outcomes.

One potential issue for a sustainability-focused investor is that Westwood Salient Global Real Estate Fund doesn’t have an ESG-focused mandate. Funds with an ESG-focused mandate are more likely to align with the expectations of an investor who cares about sustainability issues.

One key area of strength for Westwood Salient Global Real Estate Fund is its low Morningstar Portfolio Carbon Risk Score of 9.37 and very low fossil fuel exposure over the past 12 months, which earns it the Morningstar Low Carbon Designation. The fund is therefore well positioned to transition to a low-carbon economy. Currently, the fund's involvement in fossil fuels is negligible, and compares favorably with 0.08% for its average peer. The fund has no exposure to high or severe controversies. From bribery and corruption to workplace discrimination and environmental incidents, controversies are incidents that may negatively affect stakeholders, the environment, or the company’s operations.

ESG Commitment Level Asset Manager

An ESG Commitment Level Asset Manager rating is not assigned to this investment.

Morningstar analysts award an ESG Commitment Level Asset Manager ratings to investments that also receive Morningstar Analyst Ratings. Not all investments currently have Asset Manager rating. Morningstar is expanding its coverage, prioritizing investments that are most relevant to investors.