GMO’s Emerging Markets Select Equity Strategy seeks to outperform the MSCI Emerging Markets index by identifying secular growth trends in emerging markets and investing in quality businesses with pricing power that will benefit from those trends. We believe that the best way to capture opportunities and manage risk in emerging markets today is by balancing quality and sustainable growth across both companies and countries, using a fundamental approach that combines top-down country and sector allocation with bottom-up security selection.
Environmental, Social, and Governance issues have become increasingly relevant within emerging markets over the past several years. Most importantly, in our view, climate change threatens to severely impact the trajectory of emerging countries. We view sustainability as an essential element of quality and integrate it at all levels of our analysis – country, sector, and company – with specific focus on climate change considerations.