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Invesco Gives 34-Year-Old Underperforming Fund an ESG Makeover

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(Bloomberg) -- Invesco Ltd. is giving one of its underperforming funds a socially-conscious makeover.

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The firm’s UK Companies Fund, which manages 152 million pounds ($205 million), will become the Invesco Sustainable UK Companies Fund at the end of the month and add environmental, social and governance factors to its investment decisions, according to a statement on its website.

It’s not clear if the new criteria will alter the fund’s portfolio, which in December had big positions in BP Plc, Anglo American Plc and Barclays Plc. An Invesco spokesperson could not provide more information ahead of the changes taking effect on Jan. 31.

Founded in 1988, the fund has underperformed its benchmark over three, five and ten years, though its fortunes improved over the past year. After the name change, the fund will switch benchmark from the Investment Association UK All Companies Sector to the FTSE All Share index.

The move comes after Invesco rebadged other international funds last year, joining managers including M&G and Fidelity in putting a sustainable twist on existing portfolios. Investors have poured money into U.K. sustainable funds, which nearly doubled their assets to 88.7 billion pounds in the year through October.

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