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Pear Tree Polaris Intl Opps Instl QISIX Sustainability

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Sustainability Analysis

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Sustainability Summary

Pear Tree Polaris Intl Opportunities Fd has a number of positive attributes that a sustainability-focused investor may find appealing.

This fund has relatively low exposure to ESG risk compared with its peers in the Global Equity Mid/Small Cap 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.

One key area of strength for Pear Tree Polaris Intl Opportunities Fd is its low Morningstar Portfolio Carbon Risk Score of 8.52 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. The fund has little exposure (1.30%) to companies with high or severe controversies. 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.

One potential issue for a sustainability-focused investor is that Pear Tree Polaris Intl Opportunities 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.

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