Vanguard Mega Cap Growth Index Fund has several promising 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 Growth 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, 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 key area of strength for Vanguard Mega Cap Growth Index Fund is its low Morningstar Portfolio Carbon Risk Score of 3.02 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.
One potential issue for a sustainability-focused investor is that Vanguard Mega Cap Growth Index Fund doesn’t have an ESG-focused mandate. Funds with an ESG-focused mandate would have a higher probability to drive positive ESG outcomes. The fund exhibits high exposure (13.24%) to companies with 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.