“More and more, investors are looking for options that allow them to put their money to work in a manner consistent with their values,” says Andrew Owen, executive vice president of Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC. “With our Social Sustainability Fund, clients are now able to access veteran institutional managers who are recognized experts in the SRI category.”
The Fund will be subadvised by Nelson Capital Management, an investment management firm based in Palo Alto, CA, that has specialized capabilities in socially responsible investing. Among the investment professionals managing the Fund are Scott Benner, managing principal, and Lloyd Kurtz, who is also a research fellow at the Center for Corporate Responsibility at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. The management team also includes Jon Manchester, Frank Marcoux, and principal Suanne Ramar, all co-managers of the Fund. Nelson Capital is a division of Wells Fargo Private Investment Advisors LLC, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company.
“We are delighted to bring our 30 years of investment experience along with our decade-long record of socially responsible investing to a mutual fund platform,” says Scott Benner of Nelson Capital Management. “We are honored to join the Wells Fargo Advantage Fund family with its leading reputation of providing clients with access to best-of-breed investment management teams.”
Lloyd Kurtz, co-manager for the Fund, also serves as program administrator for the Moskowitz Prize. This prize is awarded by the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and is the only global award that recognizes outstanding quantitative research in the field of socially responsible investing.
“We are very attentive to both fundamental and ESG factors,” says Kurtz. “The result, we believe, is an increased level of scrutiny that helps us find better-managed companies that are leaders in their industries and that meet positive standards of corporate responsibility.”
The Social Sustainability Fund will invest in stocks—approximately 30 to 50 large cap companies. The management team’s process begins by establishing fundamental valuations for strong businesses and then identifies those companies whose stock prices are at a discount to that level. Lastly, upon completing the fundamental investment analysis, the team then applies SRI screens to complete the portfolio construction.
About Wells Fargo Fund Management
Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company, offers investment solutions for individual and institutional investors. Through its Wells Fargo Advantage Funds, the firm offers over 100 funds across a wide range of asset classes, representing more than $149 billion in assets under management, as of June 30, 2008. Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC, provides investment advisory and administrative services for Wells Fargo Advantage Funds. Other affiliates of Wells Fargo & Company provide subadvisory and other services for the Funds. The Funds are distributed by Wells Fargo Funds Distributor, LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC, an affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.
About Wells Fargo & Co.
Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company with $609 billion in assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer finance through almost 6,000 stores and the Internet (www.wellsfargo.com) across North America and elsewhere internationally. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., is the only bank in the United States, and one of only two banks worldwide, to have the highest possible credit rating from both Moody’s Investors Service, “Aaa,” and Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, “AAA.”*
Investment positions taken by the Wells Fargo Advantage Social Sustainability Fund do not represent any public positions on any social or moral issues by Wells Fargo & Co.
Stock fund values fluctuate in response to the activities of individual companies and general market and economic conditions. The use of derivatives may reduce returns and/or increase volatility. Because the social screens applied to the Fund’s investments may exclude securities of certain issuers, industries and sectors for nonfinancial reasons, the Fund may forgo some market opportunities available to funds that do not use these screens. Certain investment strategies tend to increase the total risk of an investment (relative to the broader market). This Fund is exposed to foreign investment risk and social investment risk. Consult the Fund's prospectus for additional information on these and other risks.