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PRI reporting framework 2017

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LEA 01. Description of approach to engagement

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01.1. Indicate whether your organisation has a formal engagement policy.

01.2. Indicate what your engagement policy covers:

01.3. Attach or provide a URL to your engagement policy. [Optional]

01.4. Provide a brief overview of your organization’s approach to engagement

Comgest is a bottom-up stock picker and the basis of our research includes meeting companies directly. For us it is quite natural to engage with companies regarding ESG issues. As an active shareholder and a promoter of RI practices, Comgest engages with companies in several ways. First, as a responsible investor, Comgest exercises its voting rights at general meetings. Secondly, Comgest establishes a constructive dialogue with investee companies to collect more information in order to refine its investment analysis and where it is deemed useful it also challenges companies on specific ESG issues seeking an improvement of ESG disclosure, risk mitigation, etc.

01.5. Additional information [optional]

Our engagement policy is on page 14 of our RI Policy

LEA 02. Reasoning for interaction on ESG issues

02.1. Indicate the method of engagement, giving reasons for the interaction.

Type of engagement

Reason for interaction

Individual/Internal staff engagements

Collaborative engagements

Service provider engagements

02.2. Additional information. [Optional]

In 2016, Comgest continued to participate in a collaborative engagement initiative to address the issues on responsible management of the supply chain in the Textile and Electronics industries. We had calls with a selection of companies.

In 2016, Comgest continued to participate in a collaborative engagement initiative to better understand the board members nominations of specific companies from France and the USA. We had calls and meetings with a selection of companies. We also had meetings with the lead and supportive members of this initiative.

In 2016, Comgest started to participate in a collaborative engagement initiative regarding the labour issues in the agricultural supply chain.