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Empower SecureFoundation® Bal Svc MXSHX Sustainability

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Sustainability Analysis

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Sustainability Summary

Empower SecureFoundation ® Balanced Fd has a number of attributes that may meet the expectations of sustainability-focused investors, despite some issues worthy of attention.

Empower SecureFoundation® Balanced Fd's holdings are exposed to average levels of ESG risk relative to those of its peers in the Moderate Allocation category, thus earning it an average Morningstar Sustainability Rating of 3 globes. Competing funds in the category with ratings of 4 or 5 globes have less ESG risk in their holdings. ESG risk measures the degree to which material environmental, social, and governance issues, such as climate change, biodiversity, human capital, as well as bribery and corruption, could affect valuations. ESG risk differs from impact, which is about driving positive environmental and social outcomes for society’s benefit.

Empower SecureFoundation® Balanced Fd has an asset-weighted Carbon Risk Score of 8.5, indicating that its companies have low exposure to carbon-related risks. These are risks associated with the transition to a low-carbon economy such as increased regulation, changing consumer preferences, technological advancements, and stranded assets. The fund's current involvement in fossil fuels rests at 8.4%, which compares favorably with 11.2% for its average category peer. Companies are considered involved in fossil fuels if they derive some revenue from thermal coal, oil, and gas.

One potential issue for a sustainability-focused investor is that Empower SecureFoundation® Balanced Fd doesn’t have an ESG-focused mandate. A fund with an ESG-focused mandate would have a higher probability to drive positive ESG outcomes.

The fund exhibits moderate exposure (5.54%) to companies with high or severe controversies. Controversies are incidents that have a negative impact on stakeholders or the environment, which create some degree of financial risk for the company. Examples of types of controversies include bribery and corruption scandals, workplace discrimination and environmental incidents. Severe and high controversies can have significant financial repercussions, ranging from legal penalties to consumer boycotts. Such controversies can also damage the reputation of both companies themselves and their shareholders.

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