Global Environmental Equity

Inception: January 1, 2008

Benchmark: MSCI ACWI TR Index

Lead Portfolio Managers: John A. Cook, CIM; Gregory Payne, PhD, CFA

Portfolio Advantage

  • We see superior growth and long-term prospects for environmental sectors
  • Focus on environmental theme sectors with high levels of regulatory and technological change
  • Disciplined due diligence, value style

Investment Philosophy

The Mackenzie Greenchip Team believes that as resource and environmental issues become more challenging, prices will be forced to adjust and strong “blue chip” companies operating in the green economy will be in great demand. Having focused exclusively on environmental sectors (Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Clean Technology, Sustainable Agriculture, Water Treatment and Sustainable Transportation) for over a decade, we have a deep knowledge of these sectors and are confident that through our sustainability thesis, combined with a proven value discipline, we can continue to pursue superior returns for our investors. We apply intensive due diligence and only hold stocks when we see significant discounts to intrinsic value.

Investment Approach

  • We believe a focused, concentrated, active, fundamental value strategy is the optimal approach to realize the returns and minimize investment risk in the environmental economy.
  • Intensive due diligence is performed on companies that pass our screening process, consisting of a review of financial reports and presentations, management interviews, and construction of discounted cash flow models.
  • We monitor financially material ESG information. We use positive screens for companies operating in sectors that address changing demographics, resource scarcity and environmental degradation.
  • Target a concentrated portfolio of 30-50 securities but are careful to ensure diversification by geography, company size, and environmental subsector.


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This strategy was operated by Greenchip Financial Corporation (“Greenchip”) until December 31, 2020, when Greenchip amalgamated with Mackenzie Financial Corporation.

GIPS Compliance Statement

Mackenzie Investments claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®).

Composite Description

The Global Environmental Equity Composite seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in listed equity securities of issuers located anywhere in the world that operate in the environmental economy. The strategy seeks to achieve its objectives by identifying undervalued securities that will benefit from the long-term trends of changing demographics, resource scarcity, and environmental degradation. Portfolios in the composite will invest primarily in environmental sectors which include clean energy, energy efficiency, clean technology, water, sustainable agriculture and transportation. There is no limit on the market capitalization of securities within this composite.

Benchmark Description

Benchmark is the MSCI AC (All Country) World Total Return Index, net of withholding taxes. The MSCI AC World Index is a free float adjusted, market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed and emerging markets. The index consists of 23 developed and 24 emerging market country indices.

List of Composites

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