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ACTIAM

PRI reporting framework 2017

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Overview

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

In the Fundamental Investment Principles, ACTIAM states that, prior to exclusion, it will always seek a dialogue with an entity. ACTIAM regularly engages with companies - and other entities - on (potential) controversial issues. Three types of engagements are distinguished:

(1) Responsive engagement: Where ACTIAM responds to specific controversies or violations of ACTIAM's Fundamental Investment Principles.

(2) Proactive engagement: Where ACTIAM proactively starts engagements based on observed risks or topics that ACTIAM considers material.

(3) Collaborative engagement: Collaboration with other investors and organisations to cooperate in exerting influence, increase efficiency and p

The goal of engagements is to bring about behavioural change of the entity and can be conducted by ACTIAM individually (executed by ACTIAM's ESG team), or in collaboration with other investors.

01.5. Additional information [optional]

ACTIAM places high value on exerting influence through active ownership. The goal is to achieve behavioural change in the investee companies and/or governments. In addition, we believe risks are reduced if ESG issued are addressed and managed well, which positively influences investors' performance on the long term. ACTIAM prefers engagement over exclusion. In most cases, exclusion will not lead to behavioural change / change in the real world. Through engagement and voting, we can achieve such change.

As described under LEA 01.4, ACTIAM conducts engagements both in a proactive as well as in a responsive (reactive) manner. The engagements are carried out by ACTIAM's in-house ESG team, and since late 2016, we have also hired an external provider to increase our engagement base. When relevant and possible, we try to involve portfolio managers as well.

Our proactive engagements focus on our three key themes: climate, water and land. ACTIAM's objective is to contribute to the UN SDGs and to achieve a liveable world in the long term. We believe climate, water and land issues are key and material for our investments, as global population growth and greater prosperity are putting our planet under increasing pressure. The aim is to avoid risks to our investments while at the same time actively helping to build the future as we see it, that is, a world worth living in where people are able to meet their basic needs.


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

          To draw attention to systemic ESG risks such as climate change; to increase the ESG-score of the company; to fulfil client mandates.
        

Collaborative engagements

          To draw attention to systemic ESG risks such as climate change; to increase the ESG-score of the company; to fulfil client mandates.
        

Service provider engagements

          To draw attention to systemic ESG risks such as climate change; to increase the ESG-score of the company; to fulfil client mandates.
        

02.2. Additional information. [Optional]


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