A growing interest

Investors today are demanding more. It’s no longer just about the returns they generate. It’s also about the good their money can do. They want to live in a sustainable world, one where responsible investing embraces assets that consider their values and account for a much bigger picture.

That's why it's no surprise that by 2025, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) funds are expected to comprise half of all professionally managed investments.

Responsible investing: see the big picture


Responsible investing is qualitative and subjective by nature, and there is no guarantee that the criteria utilized, or judgement exercised, by any company will reflect the beliefs or values of any one particular investor. Responsible investing norms differ by region. There is no assurance that the responsible investing strategy and techniques employed will be successful. Investors should consult their investment professional prior to making an investment decision.

The Investor First approach

The responsible investing strategies we offer must adhere to our Investor FirstSM process, which includes the four steps Transamerica Asset Management, Inc., uses to screen money managers.

Quantitative Analysis

Quantitative analysis

We apply quantitative metrics to identify strategies delivering competitive returns, style consistency, and sound risk mitigation.

Qualitative Analysis

Qualitative analysis

With a forward-looking approach, we analyze the manager's investment philosophy, portfolio construction process, organizational structure, and responsible investing process.

Investment Manager Recommendation

Investment manager recommendation

Through an objective, evidence-based, and collaborative process, these quantitative and qualitative analyses are combined to form a recommendation that is vetted by our Investment and Investment Risk committees.

Continuous Monitoring

Continuous monitoring

Fund managers are continuously monitored on a daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis for investment performance, adherence to style and responsible investing framework, compliance with objectives, and other important criteria. Managers not meeting expectations are subject to replacement.


1“Advancing ESG Investing: A Holistic Approach for Investment Management Firms,” Deloitte LLP, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, March 11, 2020.

The Investor FirstSM Process is our ongoing commitment to making sure you have access to the investments you deserve from some of the best asset managers in the industry. 

This process only applies to funds advised by Transamerica Asset Management, Inc. (TAM) and not to non-proprietary funds. TAM is an SEC registered investment adviser.


Exclusionary (SRI)*

Screening is used to avoid certain sectors, companies, or practices, prohibiting the investment in issuers that violate ethical standards or involve controversial products or practices. For example, a tobacco company would be excluded from consideration.

*Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)*


Best-in-class ESG

Emphasizes issuers with improving ESG profiles. Candidates must meet ESG and economic thresholds, but we are specifically looking at companies within individual sectors who are mitigating ESG risks and/or revising their business practices. Not all companies within a sector are created equal and excluding entire sectors from consideration is not viable. For example, within energy, some natural gas producers will have better ESG profiles relative to oil companies.



Seeks to align portfolios with long-term sustainable secular trends by investing in issuers that positively contribute to solving sustainability problems, such as climate change adaptation. Products could be smart meters that optimize electricity demand; services could be recycling that reduces adverse environmental impact. It avoids investments that are detrimental to the long-term sustainability of the planet and its people.


Impact investments

Investments that are intended to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact while also seeking financial returns. Impact strategies invest in issuers for specific projected impact, and measure performance relative to impact goals. Examples include assets such as affordable housing mortgage loans.

Transamerica Responsible Investing Funds

Designed to contribute to a more sustainable future while seeking to generate favorable long-term returns.

Transamerica Sustainable Equity Income

Seeks total return gained from the combination of dividend yield, growth of dividends and capital appreciation.

Transamerica High Yield ESG

Seeks a high level of current income.

Transamerica Sustainable Bond

Seeks to provide high total return through a combination of current income and capital appreciation.


Mutual funds are subject to market risk, including the loss of principal. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

Mutual Funds are sold by prospectus. Before investing, consider the funds' investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses. This and other important information is contained in the prospectus. Please click
here, or contact your financial professional to obtain a prospectus or, if available, a summary prospectus containing this information. Please read it carefully before investing.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused substantial market disruption and dislocation around the world including the U.S. During periods of market disruption, which may trigger trading halts, the fund’s exposure to the risks described elsewhere in the prospectus will likely increase. As a result, whether or not the fund invests in securities of issuers located in or with significant exposure to the countries directly affected, the value and liquidity of the fund’s investments may be negatively affected.

The value of fixed income securities generally goes down when interest rates rise, and therefore the value of your investment in the fund may also go down. High yield bonds tend to be volatile and more susceptible to adverse events, credit downgrades and negative sentiments. Fixed-income securities are subject to risks including credit risk, interest rate risk, counterparty risk, prepayment risk, extension risk, valuation risk, and liquidity risk. These risks are described in more detail in the prospectus. Dividend income may vary depending on market performance and is not guaranteed. A company's future ability to pay dividends may be limited. Focused funds are less diversified than other mutual funds; therefore, the performance of each holding in a focused fund has a greater impact upon the overall portfolio, which increases the risks associated with investing in the Fund. Value investing carries the risk that the market will not recognize a security's intrinsic value for a long time or that a stock considered undervalued is actually appropriately priced.

Applying the sub-adviser’s ESG criteria to its investment analysis for the fund may impact the sub-adviser’s investment decisions as to securities of certain issuers and therefore the fund may forgo some investment opportunities available to funds that do not use ESG criteria. Securities of companies with what are defined by the sub-adviser as having favorable ESG characteristics may shift into and out of favor depending on market and economic conditions, and the fund’s performance may at times be better or worse than the performance of similar funds that do not use ESG criteria or that apply different ESG criteria. ESG is not a uniformly defined characteristic and applying ESG criteria involves a subjective assessment. ESG ratings and assessments of issuers can vary across third party data providers.

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Transamerica Funds are advised by Transamerica Asset Management, Inc. (TAM) and distributed by Transamerica Capital, Inc. (TCI), a member of FINRA. 1801 California St. Suite 5200, Denver, CO 80202.