ClearBridge International Growth ADR ESG Portfolios

Investment Overview

ClearBridge International Growth ADR ESG Portfolios were designed to allow investors to diversify their portfolios by participating in the potential growth of international markets. The portfolios invest approximately 80-90% in larger companies and primarily in ADRs.


The ESG Investment Program actively incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the fundamental research platform and into the stock-selection process. In addition, ongoing company engagement and shareholder advocacy are key components of the Program.

A few examples of the ESG considerations include:

  • Innovative workplace policies, employee benefits and programs
  • Environmental management system strength, eco-efficiency and life-cycle analysis
  • Community involvement, strategic philanthropy and reputation management
  • Strong corporate governance and independence on the board

ClearBridge is a Signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, and is affiliated with the Investor Network on Climate Risk, the Carbon Disclosure Project, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, the Global Impact Investing Network, and the US Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment.

Investment Objective


  • Long-term capital appreciation, complemented by issuer and portfolio risk management. Our strategy aims to outperform the MSCI EAFE Index over a full market cycle. 
  • To actively evaluate a company’s ESG drivers of business performance to gauge its level of social awareness.

Investment Philosophy

We believe that: 

  • International equities may vary significantly from fair value due to macroeconomic/exogenous factors and company-specific endogenous issues.
  • Through fundamental analysis, we seek to identify companies with superior capital appreciation prospects and competitive risk-adjusted returns achieved by capitalizing on the convergence between a company’s investment potential and its ESG management aspects.

Portfolio Positioning

  • Core international developed market portfolio 
  • Low turnover — seeks tax efficiency

Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against a loss.

There is no guarantee that the Portfolio's objectives will be met.



We seek to:

Define the investment universe

Consider companies that have strong balance sheets, good management, offer unique products or services, or have strong niche positions locally or globally.

Apply fundamental analysis

Use a bottom-up approach to evaluate current and future prospects and ensure that accounting compliance, data accuracy and global comparability goals are met.

Select securities and construct portfolio

Build a diversified portfolio with approximately 30 to 50 stocks across 10 to 20 countries. Complement larger core holdings (approximately 80-90%) with tactical investments (approximately 10-20%) in smaller companies that have met our ESG criteria.

Monitor continuously

Re-examine a current holding when unit growth/earnings deteriorate, valuation exceeds expectations, and when there is an adverse acquisition or a loss of franchise or market share.

The investment process may change over time. The characteristics set forth above are intended as a general illustration of some of the criteria the strategy team considers in selecting securities for client portfolios. There is no guarantee investment objectives will be achieved.



meet your managers

With a legacy dating back over 50 years, ClearBridge Investments is a leading global equity manager committed to delivering differentiated long-term results through authentic active management.

Elisa Mazen

Managing Director, Head of Global Growth, Portfolio Manager

Thor Olsson

Director, Portfolio Manager

Mary Jane McQuillen

Managing Director, Head of Environmental, Social and Governance Investment, Portfolio Manager

Michael Testorf, CFA

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager

Pawel Wroblewski, CFA

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager

Active share is a measure of the percentage of stock holdings in a manager's portfolio that differs from the benchmark index.

To find out more about the ClearBridge International Growth ADR ESG Portfolios, talk to your financial advisor.


What I Should Know
Before Investing

All investments involve risk, including loss of principal and there is no guarantee that investment objectives will be met.  The managers invest the portfolios primarily in ADRs, but may also make limited investments in U.S.-traded stocks of non-U.S. and U.S. companies engaged in significant non-U.S. business. These limited investments may include U.S.-traded stocks that result from the conversion of ADRs, as well as other U.S.-traded stocks. The portfolios' investments in non-U.S. companies may include companies in developed and emerging markets which involve risks in addition to those ordinarily associated with investing in U.S.-traded stocks, including the potentially negative effects of currency fluctuation, political and economic developments, foreign taxation and differences in audition and other financial standards. These risks are magnified in emerging markets. Investments may be made in small- and mid-cap companies, which involve a higher degree of risk and volatility than investments in large-cap companies.  ADRs are U.S. traded securities that represent shares of a foreign-based corporation held by a custodian and they entitle the shareholder to all dividends, net of any applicable local withholding taxes, and capital gains that would be paid on the company’s ordinary shares.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Separately Managed Accounts (SMAs) are investment services provided by Legg Mason Private Portfolio Group, LLC (LMPPG), a federally registered investment adviser. Client portfolios are managed based on investment instructions or advice provided by one or more of the following Franklin Resources, Inc affiliated sub-advisers: ClearBridge Investments, LLC. Management is implemented by LMPPG, the designated sub-adviser or, in the case of certain programs, the program sponsor or its designee.

Professional money management may not be suitable for all investors. Factual information relating to the securities discussed was obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but there can be no guarantee as to its accuracy. It should not be assumed that investments made in the future will be profitable or will equal the performance of the securities discussed in the material.


Portfolio characteristics (Source: FactSet)

Source: FactSet. Portfolio characteristics are based on a model portfolio, not an actual client account. The model portfolio is a hypothetical portfolio whereby the portfolio characteristics are based on simulated trading and account activity of a client account invested in this strategy. The model portfolio assumes no withdrawals, contributions or client-imposed restrictions.

Portfolio characteristics of individual client accounts may differ from those of the model portfolio as a result of account size, client-imposed restrictions, the timing of client investments, market conditions, contributions, withdrawals and other factors. 

ClearBridge International Growth ADR ESG SMA GIPS® Endnotes Strategy Inception Date: September 2009. Composite Creation Date: June 2009. Reporting Currency: USD.
Period Total Return (Net, %)
Total Return (*Pure Gross, %)
Benchmark Return (%)
Number of
% of Bundled Fee Portfolios in the Composite
Dispersion (%)
Composite 3 Yr. St. Dev. (%) Benchmark 3Yr. St. Dev. (%) Total
Composite Assets at End of Period (USD million)
Percentage of Firm Assets
Total Firm Assets at End of Period (USD million)
2019 29.35 33.15 22.01 47 100 0.19 11.62 10.96 106.2 0.1 128,740.4
2018 -10.85 -8.14 -13.79 34 100 0.41 12.61 11.40 41.4 0.0 106,083.4
2017 32.94 36.83 25.03 25 100 0.92 12.44 12.00 31.7 0.0 119,187.1
2016 -4.73 -1.86 1.00 14 100 0.76 12.34 12.64 21.4 0.0 100,936.9
2015 3.22 6.31 -0.81 24 100 0.45 11.68 12.64 25.3 0.0 92,536.4
2014 -4.47 -1.59 -4.90 11 100 0.12 12.93 13.21 9.1 0.0 100,721.5
2013 15.99 19.43 22.78 6 100 n/m 16.97 16.48 8.5 0.0 85,024.7
2012 17.70 21.18 17.32 <5 100 n/m 19.82 19.65 7.3 0.0 54,624.3
2011 -13.52 -10.89 -12.14 <5 100 n/m n/a n/a 2.4 0.0 50,870.8
2010 6.75 9.94 7.75 <5 100 n/m n/a n/a 0.7 0.0 55,366.5

*Pure gross of fee returns do not reflect the deduction of any expenses, including transaction costs, and are presented as supplemental to the net of fee returns.

n/m - Information is not statistically meaningful due to an insufficient number of portfolios in the composite for the entire year.

Compliance Statement:
ClearBridge Investments, LLC claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) and has prepared and presented this report in compliance with the GIPS standards. ClearBridge Investments, LLC has been independently verified for the periods January 1, 1997 - December 31, 2018. The verification reports are available upon request.

Verification assesses whether (1) the firm has complied with all the composite construction requirements of the GIPS standards on a firm-wide basis and (2) the firm's policies and procedures are designed to calculate and present performance in compliance with the GIPS standards. Verification does not ensure the accuracy of any specific composite presentation.

Firm Information:
ClearBridge Investments, LLC ("ClearBridge") is a wholly owned subsidiary of Legg Mason, Inc. ("Legg Mason").  The investment advisory business now known as ClearBridge was registered in September 2005 to facilitate Legg Mason's acquisition of substantially all the equity asset management businesses known as Citigroup Asset Management.  These former businesses serve as the foundation of ClearBridge and its claim of GIPS compliance for institutional accounts through predecessor firms, effective as of January 1997.   In June 2008, ClearBridge combined this business with its retail business to form a single GIPS firm.   As of April 1, 2013 and January 1, 2016, ClearBridge's affiliates, Global Currents Investment Management, LLC, and ClearBridge, LLC, respectively, have become part of the ClearBridge GIPS firm.

Composite Information:
The ClearBridge International Growth ADR ESG SMA composite consists of discretionary wrap accounts with an account minimum of US $25,000.  The managers actively integrate criteria inclusive of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into the portfolio construction of the strategy.  Accounts within the composite seek long-term growth of capital by investing in well managed businesses whose intrinsic value does not appear to be recognized by the markets.  Investments are primarily in ADRs of companies in both developed and emerging markets.  The strategy is implemented by Legg Mason Private Portfolio Group, LLC (LMPPG).  LMPPG claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®).  LMPPG has been independently verified for the periods January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2018.  LMPPG is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Legg Mason, Inc and together with its sub-advisers, including ClearBridge, provides investment services primarily in investment programs sponsored by Sponsor Firms. To obtain a comp liant presentation and/or the firm's list of composite descriptions, please contact  The main risks of this strategy are General Investment Risk, Non-U.S. Investment Risk, Small Cap Risk, ESG Investing Risk, and Mid Cap Risk.  In December 2013 the word "Growth" was added to the composite name.  The composite consists of the following percentages of non-fee-paying accounts as of each year end: 2013 - .6%, 2014 - .6%, 2015 - .3%.

Input and Calculation Data:
The fee schedule currently in effect is 3.00% on all assets.  Net of fee composite returns are calculated by reducing each monthly composite pure gross rate of return by the highest "bundled" fee charged (3.00%) annually, prorated to a monthly ratio.  The "bundled" fee includes transaction costs, investment management, custodial, and other administrative fees.  Effective January 1, 2013, the number of portfolios reflects a change from prior periods due to an aggregation of accounts as reported by one sponsor.  As of January 2014, the internal dispersion of annual returns is measured by the asset-weighted standard deviation of portfolio returns included in the composite for the entire year.  For prior years, the equal-weighted standard deviation was used.  The three-year annualized ex-post standard deviation is not available prior to 2012 because the composite did not have 36 months of data.  The composite employed a 10% significant cash flow policy which was discontinued in January 2012.  A list of composite d escriptions is available upon request.  Policies for valuing portfolios, calculating performance, and preparing compliant presentations are available upon request.  Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Benchmark Information:
The MSCI EAFE® Index is an equity index which captures large and mid cap representation across developed market countries around the world, excluding the US and Canada.  The "Net" Index series assumes that dividends are reinvested after the deduction of withholding tax. The index uses withholding tax rates applicable to Luxembourg holding companies.  Benchmark returns are not covered by the report of independent verifiers.

All investments involve risk, including loss of principal. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Please see each product’s webpage for specific details regarding investment objective, risks, performance and other important information. Review this information carefully before you make any investment decision.