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(B) Implementation: Thematic

LEI 09. Types of sustainability thematic funds/mandates

09.1. Indicate the type of sustainability thematic funds or mandates that your organisation manages.

09.2. Describe your organisation’s processes for sustainability themed funds. [Optional]

The Stewart Investors Sustainability Strategies are managed consistently with other investment strategies managed by the team, which have from their inception in 1988 integrated the consideration of ESG factors into investment decision-making through an investment approach which is focused on:

• Stewardship

• An absolute return mind-set

• Bottom-up analysis

• Long-term thinking

• Searching for quality companies

• Finding sustainable and predictable growth

• Strong valuation disciplines

The sustainability strategies augment this process by seeking to invest in the shares of those companies which the team believes are particularly well positioned to benefit from, and contribute to, the sustainable development of the countries in which they operate.

The team assesses sustainability through three lens:

1. Sustainable Goods and Services

• Companies with a positive impact on society, environment, health

• Well positioned for shifting consumer preferences, regulatory headwinds, long-tail liabilities

2. Responsible Finance

• Purpose, license to operate, risk aware

3. Required infrastructure

• Infrastructure necessary to support long-term sustainable development

• Focus on environmental efficiency, operational performance, license to operate

The team operates within and contributes to the broader Stewart Investors process which serves to strengthen both the traditional investment strategies and the newer sustainability strategies.

09.3. Additional information. [Optional]