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SAM 09. Selection processes (PE, PR and INF)

09.1. In your manager selection process for the following assets, indicate whether your organisation and/or your investment consultant typically take any of the following actions.




Used the PRI's LP DDQ during discussions with managers as part of your selection process

Review the manager’s/general partner’s responsible investment policy

Discuss the manager’s governance and management of responsible investment

Meet staff with responsible investment responsibilities to assess their skills and competence

Discuss minimum responsible investment expectations that managers must meet

Discuss the role managers have played in collaborative initiatives

Ask whether the organisation is a signatory to the PRI and/or other relevant organisations

Assess the external manager’s reporting and how it will help you to monitor that it is acting consistent with the agreed-upon ESG-related policies and practices during the life of the fund

Review the manager's responsible investment disclosure, excluding PRI reporting
Review the manager's PRI Transparency or Assessment reports
Assign specific weighting to ESG factors in your manager evaluation, specify in 09.2

Other general aspects in your selection process, specify

None of the above

Investment selection (pre-investment) of underlying holding



Assess the manager's policies, processes and systems for identifying ESG-related value drivers and managing material ESG-related risks pre-investment

Other pre-investment aspects reviewed in your selection process, specify

None of the above

Investment monitoring (post-investment) of underlying holding



Understand if and how the manager influences and supports its portfolio companies’/assets’ management of ESG-related risks and pursuit of ESG-related opportunities

Discuss examples of how managers have previously identified and addressed ESG issues in their portfolios on an ongoing basis

Assess the manager’s/general partner’s approach to managing and disclosing material incidents at the manager / General Partner and underlying holdings

Other post-investment aspects reviewed in your selection process, specify

None of the above

If you select any 'Other' option(s), specify

09.2. Provide additional information on how weighting of ESG factors in your manager evaluation are applied.

HMC considers relevant material ESG risk factors in evaluating external managers on a case-by-case basis without assigning specific weighting to these factors in our evaluation.

09.3. Provide additional information relevant to your organisation's selection approach for non-listed assets. [Optional]