Walt Disney

Burbank, United Stateswww.thewaltdisneycompany.com
Invested through
  • Triodos Global Equities Impact Fund
  • Triodos Impact Mixed Fund - Defensive
  • Triodos Impact Mixed Fund - Neutral
  • Triodos Impact Mixed Fund - Offensive
Asset ClassesListed equity
Impact strategyImpact Equities and Bonds
Bloomberg tickerDIS US
ISIN codeUS2546871060
Industry groupMedia and Entertainment
Aligned with SDGs
  • Good health and well-being

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company has four business segments: Direct-to-Consumer and International (subscription services that provide video streaming), Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products (theme parks, resorts, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club), Media Networks (cable and broadcast television networks and radio networks and stations), and Studio Entertainment (motion picture production and distribution, live entertainment events, and music production and distribution).

The company was founded in 1923 by brothers Walt and Roy Disney.

Investment rationale

The Walt Disney Company mainly provides experiences and entertainment, and therefore leisure. Previously, the company stated its main purpose was to bring 'happiness'. It can be questioned to what extent providing entertainment and leisure really contributes to the well-being of people, in the way it is done by Walt Disney. However, part of the companies' activities are considered to have a positive impact by being inspirational, creative, and/or educative. These include for example parts of the movie, music and musical production and distribution via Disney's studio entertainment segment, or the National Geographic TV channel.

The company's product portfolio further includes services with direct positive impact on the achievement of global social objectives (e.g. Education with its Disney Imagination Campus), although the share of revenues generated with these products/services is very small in relation to the total portfolio.