Sustainable Leaders

The strategy seeks to outperform the market on an absolute and risk-adjusted basis over a full cycle.*

Complete details, including composite calendar-year performance (%)

Quarterly Review (PDF)

Investment approach

  • The strategy invests in companies with strong fundamentals linked to leadership in financially material sustainability issues.
  • A framework grounded in fundamental research, enhanced by a focus on material sustainable issues, drives investment decisions.
  • An experienced, dedicated sustainable investing team is integrated with Putnam's equity research and quantitative/risk analysis groups.

Benchmark index

S&P 500 Index

AUM ($M) Strategy

6,991.4

AUM ($M) Composite

6,991.4

Inception date

3/31/18

Typical range of portfolio holdings

50–80

Related Putnam mutual fund

Sustainable Leaders Fund

*No assurance can be given that the investment objective will be achieved or that an investor will receive a return of all or part of his or her investment. Actual results could be materially different from the stated goals. Investors should carefully consider the risk involved before deciding to invest. As with any investment, there is a potential for profit as well as the possibility of loss. Portfolio targets are subject to change.


Portfolio managers

Head of Sustainable Investing
Portfolio Manager

Performance and holdings as of 3/31/22

Composite performance (%)

Annualized Gross Net Index
Q1 -9.28 -9.41 -4.60
1 year 6.85 6.26 15.65
3 year 19.69 19.03 18.92
Since inception 18.15 17.50 16.49

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
An investment in this strategy can lose value. Returns are stated in U.S. dollars and include the reinvestment of dividends and interest. Periods less than one year are not annualized. Most recent quarter-end performance is preliminary. Returns are subject to change. Gross performance includes the deduction of transaction costs but does not include the deduction of management fees and other expenses that may be incurred in managing an investment account. A portfolio's return will be reduced by advisory and other fees. Net performance reflects the deduction of a model fee applied on a monthly basis, equal to the actual management fee incurred by a portfolio in the composite or the highest management fee that would be charged to a prospect of the strategy, whichever is higher. The model fee may change over time. Actual advisory fees may vary among clients with the same investment strategy. The composite includes all actual, fully discretionary accounts with substantially similar investment policies and objectives managed to the composite's investment strategy.

Portfolio characteristics and holdings are for a representative account managed to the composite’s strategy and are shown for illustrative purposes only. Each account is managed individually. Accordingly, portfolio characteristics may vary and are subject to change. Portfolio characteristics and holdings of individual accounts managed to a model portfolio strategy may differ as a result of account size; client-imposed investment restrictions; the timing of client investments; market, economic, and individual company considerations; and other factors. The inclusion of holdings information should not be interpreted as a recommendation to buy or sell or hold any security. The securities identified do not represent all the securities purchased, sold, or recommended for client accounts. It should not be assumed that any investment in these securities was, or will prove to be, profitable, or that the investment decisions we make in the future will be profitable or equal to the investment performance of securities referenced herein.

Top 10 portfolio holdings (%)

Company % Industry
Microsoft 8.1 Software
Apple 8.1 Technology hardware, storage and peripherals
Amazon 3.4 Internet and direct marketing retail
Walmart 2.7 Food and staples retailing
Danaher 2.5 Life sciences tools and services
Adobe 2.4 Software
Bank of America 2.4 Banks
Eli Lilly 2.1 Pharmaceuticals
Visa 2.1 IT services
Hilton Worldwide 2.1 Hotels, restaurants and leisure
Total 35.9


The S&P 500® Index is an unmanaged index of common stock performance. You cannot invest directly in an index.

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