Aditya Birla Sun Life (ABSL) ESG Fund NFO: Investment, Suitability, Entry & Exit Load

Manish Kothari
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Aditya Birla Sun Life ESG Fund NFO

ABSL Mutual Fund has announced the launch of Aditya Birla Sun Life ESG Fund. The scheme would be investing in companies that adopt the theme of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG). As per the press release, a composite ESG score based on different factors will be assigned to companies, and exposures will be taken in companies on the basis of their ESG scores. 

The New Fund Offer (NFO) starts from 04 December 2020 and will end on 18 December 2020.

Investment Objective 

The investment objective of the scheme is to provide long-term capital appreciation by investing in a diversified basket of stocks. Investments are determined on the basis of the Environmental, Social, and Governance criteria (ESG).

What is ESG Investing?

ESG investing is looking beyond the traditional financial parameters while investing and choosing high quality socially responsible companies for investments. 

Also known as sustainable investing, ESG investing encourages investments in companies following the ESG theme wherein- 

Environmental impact: Companies following environment-friendly practices in their business conduct.

Social Responsibility: Companies that maintain a healthy relation with it's internal & external stakeholders.

Corporate Governance: Transparent conduct & practices of the management.


  • The Fund will invest 80% of its assets in equity & equity-related securities.
  • The scheme can also invest up to 35% of its assets in foreign securities.
  • The Fund aims to identify ESG compliant companies with high growth potential.
  • The fund will aim to build a market capitalization agnostic portfolio by investing 60-80% of its assets in Large-cap stocks & the rest in midcap & small caps.
  • The fund's portfolio will exclude stocks of non-conforming sectors & companies producing goods like tobacco, weapons, etc.
  • The fund will have a focussed portfolio of 40-50 stocks.
  • The scheme will follow a blend of Bottom-up & Top-down approaches for building the portfolio.

Why invest in ABSL ESG Fund?

Reasons to Invest in ABSL ESG Fund:

  • Historically, Nifty 100 ESG which is a benchmark index for ESG compliant companies has outperformed Nifty 50 by significant margins and generated higher risk-adjusted returns with lower volatility.
  • ESG investing is a well-established theme globally. However, the concept of ESG investing is evolving and widely unexplored in India. This presents an opportunity to invest in an ESG themed Fund which can offer potential good returns.
  • ESG compliant companies usually have sustainable business models, robust financials backed by strong corporate governance practices. This can help to generate good returns along with leaving a positive societal impact.
  • A large flow of investments in the ESG space in the last few years has been encouraging companies to behave in a socially responsible manner.


This scheme is suitable for investors with a high-risk appetite who are -

  • Interested in capital appreciation over the long term.
  • Interested in investing in an equity scheme which invests in equity & equity-related securities of the companies following the ESG theme.

Assets Allocation Pattern-

InstrumentsMinimum % of total assets (Indicative)Maximum % of total assets (Indicative)Risk Profile
Equity & Equity related securities of companies following the ESG criteria80100High
Other Equity and Equity related securities 020High
Debt and Money market instruments (including MF units of debt & liquid schemes)020Low to Moderate
Units that are issued by REITs and INVITs010Moderate to High

About the scheme-

Name of the fundAditya Birla Sun Life ESG Fund
Fund launched byAditya Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund
Asset Management CompanyAditya Birla Sun Life AMC Limited
Type of schemeAn open-ended equity scheme investing in companies selected by following the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) theme.
Investment ObjectiveThe investment objective of the scheme is to generate capital appreciation over the long term by investing in a diversified portfolio of stocks following the ESG theme.
NFO Period04 December - 18 December 2020
BenchmarkNifty 100 ESG TRI
Entry LoadNot Applicable
Exit Load

1% of applicable NAV - If units are redeemed or switched out within 90 days of allotment.

Nil - If units are redeemed or switched out after 90 days of allotment.

Minimum Application Amount Rs. 500 & in multiples of Rs.1 thereafter during NFO.
STP & SWPAvailable
Plans Available
  • Regular
  • Direct
  • Growth
  • Dividend Payout
  • Dividend Reinvestment
Fund ManagersMr. Satyabrata Mohanty and Mr. Vinod Bhat(for overseas investments)

SIP Details

Type Minimum InstallmentsMinimum Amount
Weekly SIP6Rs.500 & in multiple of Rs.1 thereafter
Monthly SIP6Rs. 500 & in multiple of Rs.1 thereafter

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