As an institutional investor, Trilogy is committed to preserving and growing the assets that our clients entrust to us. Our stewardship activities include monitoring and engaging with companies on matters such as strategy, performance, risk, capital structure, and corporate governance, including culture and remuneration, as well as environmental and social factors which we believe can affect investment performance, create potential investment risks and provide an indication of management’s corporate stewardship and responsibility. Trilogy incorporates ESG considerations fully into our investment process for all strategies. To the extent that a company is pursuing policies and practices which we believe are harmful to the long-term value of a company, those policies are factored into our valuation analysis of a company. We do this through scenario modelling by quantifying the impact on current earnings, quantifying the impact on the long-term growth of earnings from penalties and customer perception, and quantifying the impact on valuation from continuing to pursue these policies. In the same way we factor into our investment analysis the extent to which a company is pursuing policies and practices which we believe benefit the value of the company. We are proactive in identifying these issues by methodically screening our holdings. Trilogy uses a third party service provider, MSCI Impact Monitor, to evaluate companies on their strategies as well as on their performance with respect to ESG. To the extent that companies score poorly on these screens, we review the impact of the specific issue on revenues, profitability, earnings, capital requirements and valuation.
We carry out engagement activities in our meetings with companies whom we are either invested in or considering an investment. Where a company scores poorly, our analysts prepare a summary of those issues which we can raise with management in order for them to improve their overall governance. We also have clear internal escalation policies and documented response procedures to ensure that issues are pursued to as satisfactory outcome as possible.
Trilogy is a signatory to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investing. We also participate in a Collective Engagement initiative facilitated by the UN PRI. This gives us the option, in addition to proxy voting decisions, to join with other institutional investors to encourage companies to disclose information which can help clarify issues raised by non-governmental organizations and the media and to reform and implement verifiable measures to remediate specific issues. It also allows us to raise and sponsor our own issues, via this service, where we believe collective action is justified. We have only just initiated this project.