ClearBridge Multi Cap Growth ESG Portfolios

Investment Overview

The ClearBridge Multi Cap Growth ESG Portfolios seek out growth company stocks with the potential for above-average long-term earnings and/or cash flow growth.


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

Seeks to: 

  • Achieve long-term capital appreciation through investment in large-, mid- and small-capitalization stocks that have the potential for above-average long-term earnings and/or cash flow growth.
  • Select companies that can be held for long periods of time.
  • Actively evaluate a company’s ESG drivers of business performance to gauge its level of social awareness.

Investment Philosophy

  • An all-capitalization portfolio that seeks a low-turnover approach to portfolio construction.
  • Bottom-up investment process seeks inefficiently priced companies with strong fundamentals, dominant positions in niche markets, and/or goods or services customers are practically compelled to use.
  • Competitive risk-adjusted returns achieved by capitalizing on the convergence between a company’s investment potential and its ESG management aspects.

Portfolio Positioning

  • Designed for investors seeking a growth portfolio with the ability to invest in all market capitalizations.
  • Offers a long-term buy-and-hold strategy, which may reduce portfolio turnover.

Key Differentiators

  • Portfolio managers average over 26 years of investment industry experience.
  • They believe a true growth portfolio should consist of stocks that can be held not for a quarter or two, but for many years so that earnings and/or cash flow growth can compound over time.
  • Portfolios typically concentrated in generally 25-45 stocks.
  • Sector concentrations can be significant, but they are a byproduct of the bottom-up fundamental research-driven stock selection process.

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




Define the investment universe

Consider companies across the market-capitalization spectrum that we believe have the potential for above-average long-term earnings and/or cash flow growth.

Perform bottom-up fundamental analysis

Emphasize companies with significant franchise value, material ownership stake by management, strong balance sheets and/or ubiquitous products or services.

Determine buy list

Identify companies that may be inefficiently priced and/or overlooked by Wall Street at time of position initiation.

Maintain concentrated portfolio with long-term horizon

Construct a low-turnover portfolio of generally 25-45 holdings that have met our ESG criteria and concentrated by industry and issuer, and allow earnings and/or cash flow growth to compound.

Review holdings continuously

Re-examine a current holding when long-term deterioration in company or industry fundamentals is seen as a significant possibility, valuation is excessive or, a new idea provides better risk/return prospects.

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.

Meet Your Managers

Richard Freeman

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager

Evan Bauman

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager

Mary Jane McQuillen

Managing Director, Head of Environmental, Social and Governance Investment, 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 Multi Cap Growth 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.  In addition to investments in large-capitalization companies, investments may be made in speculative and/or small-cap and mid-cap companies which involve a higher degree of risk and volatility than investments in larger, more established companies. In addition, because the investments may be concentrated in a limited number of industries and companies, the portfolios may involve heightened risk.  While most investments are in U.S. companies, investments may also be made in ADRs and other securities of non-U.S. companies in developed and emerging markets which involve risks in addition to those ordinarily associated with investing in domestic securities, including the potentially negative effects of currency fluctuation, political and economic developments, foreign taxation and differences in auditing and other financial standards. These risks are magnified in emerging markets.  Certain limits on the amount of investment in any one company may cause individual MCG investment portfolios to vary from each other and thus the performance results of such portfolios may also vary from each other, particularly when combined with the price volatility of stocks in such portfolios.  The managers’ environmental social and governance (ESG) investment strategies may limit the types and number of investment opportunities available and, as a result, may underperform strategies that are not subject to such criteria.


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)

ClearBridge Multi Cap Growth ESG SMA GIPS® Endnotes Strategy Inception Date: July 2006. Composite Creation Date: June 2008. 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
Firm Assets at End of Period (USD million)
2019 19.80 23.34 35.85 108 100 0.87 15.03 13.38 97.2 0.1 128,740.4
2018 -10.39 -7.67 -2.12 142 100 1.34 15.04 12.47 76.7 0.1 106,083.4
2017 13.97 17.35 29.59 149 100 1.18 13.85 10.77 95.6 0.1 119,187.1
2016 6.03 9.20 7.39 105 100 0.58 14.64 11.50 76.9 0.1 100,936.9
2015 -5.08 -2.22 5.09 106 100 1.04 13.16 10.95 81.2 0.1 92,536.4
2014 10.93 14.23 12.44 8 100 n/m 12.50 9.87 34.9 0.0 100,721.5
2013 42.21 46.36 34.23 <5 100 n/m 16.86 12.66 2.8 0.0 85,024.7
2012 18.81 22.33 15.21 <5 100 n/m 20.47 16.21 0.2 0.0 54,624.3
2011 -3.70 -0.80 2.18 <5 100 n/m 23.87 18.43 0.5 0.0 50,870.8
2010 30.99 34.84 17.64 <5 100 n/m n/a n/a 0.5 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 Multi Cap Growth 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 capital appreciation by investing in the stocks of small, mid, and large capitalization companies that the manager believes have the potential for above-average long-term earnings and/or cash flow growth.  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 compliant presentation a nd/or the firm's list of composite descriptions, please contact  The main risks of this strategy are General Investment Risk, Industry and Issuer Concentration Risk, Small Cap Risk, Mid Cap Risk, High Volatility Risk, ESG Investing Risk, and Non-U.S. Investment Risk.  The composite consists of the following percentages of non-fee-paying accounts as of each year end: 2013 - 2%, 2014 - .2%, 2015 - .1%.

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 composite employed a 10% significant cash flow policy which was discontinued in January 2012.  A list of composite descriptions 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 Russell 3000® Growth Index measures the performance of those Russell 3000 Index companies with higher price-to-book ratios and higher forecasted growth values.  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.