Hong Leong Asset Management Launches First Environmental, Social and Governance Fund

Dated 27-04-2022

 (From left to right): 1. Ooi Yih Shin - Head of In-House Research of Hong Leong AM 2. Hoo See Kheng - Chief Executive Officer of Hong Leong AM 3. Yu Junqiang - Fund Manager at Hong Leong AM

Kuala Lumpur, 27.04.2022 - Hong Leong Asset Management Bhd (“Hong Leong AM”) has launched its first Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) fund, the Hong Leong Global ESG Fund (“HL Global ESG Fund” or “the Fund”), which aims to provide investors with medium- to long-term capital growth by investing in a globally diversified portfolio of companies focusing on ESG criteria in the investment process.
The HL Global ESG Fund will incorporate the principles of ESG in security selection through MSCI ESG Ratings. MSCI is one of the world’s largest ESG research providers¹, and their ratings are designed to measure a company’s resilience to long-term industry relevant ESG risks. Combining the capabilities of our investment team with this widely recognised ESG rating provider, demonstrates our commitment to selecting top quality companies that will potentially enhance returns for our investors. Additionally, the Hong Leong AM investment team will continue to adopt its bottom-up stock picking strategy which has proven effective and has been validated by industry awards.
Hoo See Kheng, Chief Executive Officer of Hong Leong AM said, “The launch of HL Global ESG Fund represents a milestone for Hong Leong AM. With the increasing demand among investors for responsible and sustainable investments, we are committed to helping our investors achieve their financial objectives whilst meeting their ethical and sustainability goals. We will continue to grow our sustainable investing solutions and accelerate our investment strategies through active asset allocation and portfolio diversification whilst managing market volatility in order to generate measurable returns for our investors.”
In line with Hong Leong Group’s vision on sustainability and creating a positive social impact, Hong Leong AM together with Hong Leong Bank Berhad (“HLB”), is collaborating with The Asli Co., a social enterprise focused on providing sustainable income for Orang Asli or indigenous mothers in a campaign exclusively for HLB customers. During the campaign period, eligible unit trust investors of HLB who invest a minimum amount of RM1,000 in the Fund will receive a plant in a unique cement pot that has been handcrafted by the Orang Asli mothers from Kampung Orang Asli Serendah.
Jason Wee, Founder of The Asli Co. shared, “We are honoured to be part of the HL Global ESG Fund launch initiatives and are delighted for the Funds’ investors as they will be contributing towards not one, but two social impacts. Firstly, underprivileged stay-at-home Orang Asli mothers are given financial opportunities to create sustainable income to supplement their family’s income and keep their children in school to complete their education. Secondly, investors of the HL Global ESG Fund will play a part in reducing and recycling waste as used plastic cups are used by the indigenous mothers when moulding the cement pot.”
The HL Global ESG Fund which is distributed through Hong Leong AM offices and HLB branches nationwide is priced at RM1.0000 per unit during the initial offer period (“IOP”) until 10 May 2022. The minimum initial investment is RM1,000 while the minimum additional investment amount is RM100.
About Hong Leong Asset Management Bhd (“Hong Leong AM” or “HLAM”):
Hong Leong AM is an asset management company within the Hong Leong Financial Group of companies. Hong Leong AM establishes and distributes unit trust funds, wholesale funds and customised portfolio solutions to the retail and institutional segments. Hong Leong AM’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Hong Leong Islamic Asset Management Sdn Bhd (HLISAM) has been appointed as an external Fund Manager with effect from 17 April 2020, to offer Islamic-based fund management services.
Visit http://www.hlam.com.my for more information on the HL Global ESG Fund.
Media contact:
Jasemaine Gan
Manager, Marketing & Customer Experience – Hong Leong Asset Management Bhd
DID: +603 2081 8607
This press release has not been reviewed by the Securities Commission Malaysia.
Before investing, investors are advised to read and understand the contents of the following:
  • Hong Leong Global ESG Fund’s Prospectus (“HLGESGF Prospectus”) dated 20 April 2022 and the Product Highlight Sheet (“PHS”).
A copy of the Prospectus and PHS for HLGESGF can be obtained from any of Hong Leong Asset Management Bhd’s offices, or authorised distributors and investors have the right to request for it. Investors should also consider the fees and charges involved before investing. Investors should be aware of the risks associated with each fund before investing. The Fund may not be suitable for all and if in doubt, investors should seek independent professional advice.


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