Perpetual ESG Real Return Fund

The Perpetual ESG Real Return Fund invests in a diversified portfolio of assets that are selected based on a range of sustainable, ethical and financial criteria. The Fund targets a pre-tax return of 5% per annum above inflation, before fees and taxes, over rolling five-year periods and aims to achieve this return objective while minimising risks.

Because it is focused on reducing uncertain investment outcomes, the Fund is designed for investors seeking a smoother, more regular profile of returns, protection against inflation and volatility without having to sacrifice growth. The Fund may also adjust its asset allocation to respond to changing market conditions and/or to take advantage of new opportunities.

The Fund could complement an investor’s existing diversified portfolio or help to diversify a portfolio of ethical or socially responsible investment assets which utilizes the expertise of Perpetual’s Multi Asset team alongside the building blocks of existing Perpetual and Trillium ESG strategies in its asset allocation to leverage the long-standing track record of both Perpetual and Trillium’s experience in ESG investing.

These strategies utilise screening processes which requires specialist research to avoid certain activities or industries and in the case of Trillium, a dedicated shareholder advocacy team is focused on engaging with companies to press for positive change on key ESG performance drivers. These screening processes are currently incorporated in the Australian and International Shares, Fixed Income and Credit assets managed directly by Perpetual and Trillium.

Features and Benefits


    There are a number of ways we take an integrated approach to managing our portfolios. This includes defining the clear role of each investment in achieving a portfolio’s investment objectives and centrally managing risks at the portfolio level rather than in isolation.

  • Investments are focused on opportunities

    We focus on using the broadest set of investment opportunities. This means that our asset allocation is always changing, not only to capture the best returns but also seeking to minimise the risk of loss.

  • Lower volatility

    Because the Fund is focused on managing overall volatility, we aim to provide a smooth and consistent sequence of returns for investors. Our approach seeks to lower risk and provide a lower sensitivity to extreme market events.

  • A fund for ESG Investors

    The fund is designed to meet the needs of investors who want a fund that invests in a diversified range of ethical and socially responsible assets.


Real return funds are designed to provide investors with a higher certainty of achieving a real return objective with a lower level of risk and lower sensitivity to extreme market events.

Tools and Resources

More information about the Perpetual ESG Real Return Fund can be found in the following brochures:


All investments carry risk. While it is not possible to identify every risk relevant to your investment, we have provided details of the risks that may affect your investment in the relevant product disclosure statement (PDS) or offer document.

You can find PDSs and other documents in our resources section. The relevant PDS, offer documents and forms can also be found in the sections below:

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Perpetual ESG Real Return Fund

Pricing & Performance

Performance as at 31/07/2022

Returns as at 31/07/2022

  Growth % Distribution % Total %
1 month 1.46 -- 1.46
3 month -3.12 1.28 -1.84
6 month -4.87 2.12 -2.74
1 year -5.52 2.11 -3.41
3 year -- -- --
5 year -- -- --
10 year -- -- --

Unit Prices as at 11/08/2022

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Frequency Quarterly
Cents per Unit 1.239
Reinvestment Price 0.940
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Fund Commencement Date

June 2021

Target Market Determination (TMD)

Details & Fees

About this fund

  • Fund Manager

    Perpetual Investment Management Limited

  • Asset Class


  • Suggested Length

    5 years or longer

Investment Objective

To target a return of inflation plus 5% per annum (before fees and taxes) over rolling 5 year periods. To achieve the return objective while minimsing risks through investing in a diversified range of ethical and socially responsible assets.

Investment Approach

The Fund will be a diversified portfolio of assets that are selected based on a range of sustainable, ethical and financial criteria.

The combination of assets held by the Fund at any time are those which we believe provide the greatest probability of achieving the target return over rolling five-year periods. Perpetual may adjust the Fund's asset allocation to respond to changing market conditions and/or to take advantage of new opportunities.

In managing the Fund to meet its investment objective, the Fund may implement a considerable amount of its exposures via derivatives and may include alternative assets.

Currency is managed at the Fund level, taking into account currency exposure arising from underlying investments. Currency management is used to either hedge currency for an existing position or create an exposure to a foreign currency. Net foreign currency exposure will be limited to 50% of the gross asset value of the Fund.

Investment Details

Minimum Initial Investment $25,000
With Savings Plan  
Minimum Initial Investment $25,000
Monthly Minimum Nil
Minimum Additional Investment $2,000


Entry 0
Exit 0
Management Fee (p.a.) 0.85% . Refer to PDS for Management Costs
Buy / Sell Spread 0.07% / 0.07%
Refer to PDS for Management Costs

Investment Guidelines

Australian equities 0 - 50%
Cash 0 - 100%
International equities 0 - 50%
Property 0 - 15%
Commodities 0 - 15%
Other investments 0 - 15%
Fixed income and credit 0 - 100%


March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31

How to Invest

  1. Perpetual Wholesale Funds feature Perpetual’s leading investment management capabilities. They are designed for individual and wholesale investors, and super fund trustees, with $25,000 or more to invest. You can also invest through investor directed portfolio services.

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    Find out more about Perpetual Wholesale Funds

  2. Making an investment

    Review the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and related documents to ensure you understand how the fund works and the risks involved. 

    Online Application

    Apply for Perpetual Wholesale funds


    Apply for Perpetual Pure series funds


    Send your completed application & identification documents to:

    Perpetual Wholesale Funds

    GPO Box 4171, Sydney NSW 2001

    If applying to Perpetual Pure Series Funds:

    Perpetual Pure Series Funds

    GPO Box 4171, Sydney NSW 2001

    Customer Identification Requirements


    All forms, offer documents and PDS’s can be found in Forms, PDS's and Offer Documents page in our Resources section.

  3. If you are an institutional investor


    Please contact one of our institutional relationship managers or phone 1800 110 941. 

Perpetual Investment Management Limited ABN 18 000 866 535 AFSL 234426 and/or Perpetual Superannuation Limited ABN 84 008 416 831 AFSL 225246 are the issuers of the Funds. you should consider the relevant Fund product disclosure statement or other offer document before deciding whether to invest. The product disclosure statements and target market determinations for the Funds are available on this website.

Returns have been calculated using exit prices after taking into account all ongoing fees, and assuming reinvestment of distributions. No allowance has been made for entry fees, exit fees or where applicable taxation. Future returns may bear no relationship to the historical information displayed. The returns shown represent past returns only and are not indicative of future returns of a Fund. Returns on a Fund can be particularly volatile in the short term and in some periods may be negative.