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Threadneedle Asset Management Ltd

PRI reporting framework 2017

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General processes for all three groups of engagers

LEA 09. Share insights from engagements with internal/external managers

09.1. Indicate if insights gained from your engagements are shared with your internal or external investment managers.

Type of engagement

Insights shared

Individual/Internal staff engagements

Collaborative engagements

09.2. Additional information. [Optional]

The RI team is embedded within the investment department and, as such, the work of the team – including engagement-related - form part of investment research and portfolio stewardship; investment decisions make be taken as a result of engagements. Summarised write-ups alongside meeting notes are circulated to relevant analysts and portfolio managers as well as being stored within the investment department’s research sharing platform.

Engagements are reviewed as part of the proxy voting and ESG stock review process. Insights passed on are monitored through their inclusion in internal review notes, at stock meetings and their use in the mainstream meetings of fund managers.

LEA 10. Tracking number of engagements

10.1. Indicate if you track the number of engagements your organisation participates in.

Type of engagement
Tracking engagements

Individual / Internal staff engagements

Collaborative engagements

10.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]

Our integrated investmen process means ESG considerations form part of company research and engagements. There were around 3,000 meetings led by fund managers and analysts from the investment department. The number of meetings led by members of the RI team numbered 166 last year, from 133 individual companies. The RI  engagements focus specifically on environmental, social and governance issues, whereas investment desk-led meetings tend to focus on operational and strategic concerns. The RI team engagements are tracked in full and the number is over and above any ESG-related matters discussed in the investment desk-led meetings.

As an illustrative example, of the c520 meetings held by the UK investment desk in 2016, c300 were relevant for companies held in the Threadneedle Ethical UK Equity fund, where ESG matters form an important part of the discussion.

RI team-led company meetings are recorded in a team calendar with meeting notes uploaded to our research-sharing platform, attached to individual companies and disseminated throughout the firm. As part of our (public) quarterly ESG report, we list all companies engaged with per quarter, alongside a selection of case studies.

For further information, please refer to LEA 11.05.