Population growth, resource scarcity, environmental degradation, and a myriad of social issues are increasingly motivating investors to examine the social and environmental impact generated by the companies they invest in.

London based WHEB Asset Management (‘WHEB’), portfolio manager of the Pengana WHEB Sustainable Impact Fund, have created an investment process with a focus on investing in companies that provide solutions to sustainability challenges.

WHEB have developed a bespoke methodology to measure the environmental and social impact of their investments.


The Pengana WHEB Sustainable Impact Fund invests exclusively in companies providing solutions to critical sustainability challenges.

The impact calculator illustrates the underlying positive impact that companies in the Fund’s investment portfolio help create.

This positive impact is ultimately generated by the end users of the products and services, for example: the owner of the electric vehicle, or the homeowner who installs insulation or buys renewable power. Investors in the Pengana WHEB Sustainable Impact Fund are aligned with these positive impacts by investing in the companies that manufacture these products.

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1,200 MWh
of renewable energy
equivalent to the annual energy use of
60 Australian households
1,600 tons
of CO2e emissions
equivalent to the energy use of an average Australian house for 333 years.
30m litres
of tap water for consumption
equivalent to the annual drinking water needs of 170
1.6m litres
of waste water
equivalent to the total annual waste water generated by 90 Australian households
Recycling or recovering
140 tonnes
of waste materials
equivalent to the total waste produced by 60 Australian households per year. Saving $18K reduced landfill costs.
52 people
receiving healthcare treatment
and $65K of costs saved through more efficient healthcare systems.
Figures only since 2017.
51 people
benefitting from preventative care and/or healthy living programmes.
saving $98K in avoided healthcare treatment costs.
Figures only since 2018.
Students receiving
118 days
of tertiary education
supporting $8K of increased annual future earnings potential.
Figures only since 2017.

Derived from: WHEB Impact Report 2019, the AUDGBP exchange rate on 31/12/19, and Australian Bureau of Statistics’ reports.

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The Fund's mission is to advance sustainability and create prosperity through positive impact investing. All investments have positive social and/or environmental impact. This detailed methodology document sets out WHEB’s approach to assessing and measuring the positive impact associated with the products and services sold by companies held in the investment strategy.


The UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) were agreed by the world’s governments under the auspices of the United Nations in 2015. The seventeen goals set out aspirational and demanding targets for the world to achieve by 2030. The SDGs send a powerful message to the investment community at to what the world’s governments consider as development priorities through to 2030.

WHEB’s investment strategy supports the achievement of the UN SDGs. 100% of the strategy is invested in businesses that directly support seven of the UN SDGs through the products and services that they sell, and which also indirectly support the remaining ten UN SDGs through their management practices and policies.

Click on each Sustainable Development Goal to see examples of how WHEB’s investment strategy supports that goal.


All products and services have an impact. For some, it is a negative impact – harming or undermining the social and environmental systems on which life depends. For others, the impact is positive, helping to support or even restore these systems. We believe that understanding and assessing ‘impact’ is becoming a third dimension of investment expertise alongside established disciplines in assessing investment risk and return.

WHEB’s ‘impact engine’ is an analytical tool that rates the overall impact ‘intensity’ of the products and services offered by companies. This tool captures the different dimensions of positive impact that are created by products and services and provides an overall impact intensity rating for the company as a whole.

A second step in the investment process assesses the overall quality of the business including how it manages critical environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

Only companies with a positive impact are considered for investment. More than 80% of listed companies receive negative scores in the impact engine and are not candidates for investment.


Horiba Ltd.

Board-level gender diversity

View 2019 Engagement Case Study...

TPI Composites

ESG Disclosure

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Premier Inc.

Governance and sustainability

View 2019 Engagement Case Study...

Johnson Controls

CEO Remuneration and Board Independence

View 2018 Engagement Case Study...

MSA Safety

Governance - Independent Board Directors

View 2018 Engagement Case Study...

Smurfit Kappa

Board-level gender diversity

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Local pollution around company’s factory in West Java

View 2017 Engagement Case Study...


Board Director independence

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Encouraging high ethical standards in blood plasma collection

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Company engagement in 2019 (by topic)

  • Governance (not ESG Related)
  • ESG Disclosure and Governance
  • Social Issues
  • Environmental Issues

In 2019, we engaged with 43 individual companies representing 83% of the companies held in the investment strategy at the year end.

In many cases we engage businesses on more than one issue in the course of the year. In total there were 112 separate engagements with companies. The majority of engagement is on corporate governance issues like the independence of board directors or CEO remuneration (32% of all engagements). 24% of engagement was focused on encouraging more and better ESG disclosure from companies. The remainder address social issues like gender diversity (23%) and environmental issues like climate change (21%).

Effectiveness of company engagement

  • Successful
  • Partially Successful
  • Unsuccessful

We also capture information on how successful we believe we have been with our engagement.

A ‘successful’ engagement is one where the company agrees to amend its approach to the issue in question. A ‘partially successful’ engagement is one where the company acknowledges our concern and agrees to consider it but does not commit to change anything. An ‘unsuccessful’ engagement is one where the company either does not respond to us or refuses to amend its practices.