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Baillie Gifford

PRI reporting framework 2017

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Engagement

Overview

LEA 01. Description of approach to engagement

New selection options have been added to this indicator. Please review your prefilled responses carefully.

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

ESG engagement policy is consistent with Baillie Gifford’s overall aims, which are to provide good long term performance to our clients, and place principal importance on our clients’ interests. When considering ESG issues, our main objective has always been to add value for our clients by engaging with company management and developing an understanding of the impact a company’s approach to ESG issues can have on investment returns. Where appropriate, we discuss with company management their record on those areas most closely related to shareholder value such as sustainability, environmental impact, board structure and executive remuneration. Engagement is an integral part of the investment process. Through our ESG engagement process, we aim to ensure the companies we invest in are well managed and are taking all material risks and opportunities into consideration. We believe this improves the returns for our clients.

We believe engaging with the companies we invest in is critical to our full understanding of the businesses, their management and operations. We take our stewardship responsibilities seriously.

01.5. Additional information [optional]


LEA 02. Reasoning for interaction on ESG issues (Not Completed)


Process

Process for engagements run internally

LEA 03. Process for identifying and prioritising engagement activities

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03.1. Indicate whether your organisation has a formal process for identifying and prioritising engagement activities carried out by internal staff.

03.2. Describe the criteria used to identify and prioritise engagement activities carried out by internal staff.

03.3. Additional information. [Optional]

Each investment strategy has a slightly different approach in identifying and prioritising engagement activities. The Corporate Governance team prioritises engagements primarily though the materiality of an issue and our exposure to it dependent on the size of our holding. We also take into account new issues as they emerge and also as a response to client specific concerns surrounding a particular issue.


LEA 04. Objectives for engagement activities (Not Completed)


Process for engagements conducted via collaborations

LEA 05. Process for identifying and prioritising collaborative engagement

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05.1. Indicate whether your organisation has a formal process for identifying and prioritising collaborative engagements

05.3. Additional information [Optional]

If it is appropriate to collaborate then we are happy to do so and take a proactive role. We do not actively seek out collaborative engagements, instead taking that approach only if our own engagement has not been effective.


LEA 06. Objectives for engagement activities (Not Completed)


General processes for all three groups of engagers

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


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]


Outputs and outcomes

LEA 11. Number of companies engaged with, intensity of engagement and effort (Private)


LEA 12. Engagement methods (Private)


LEA 13. Engagements on E, S and/or G issues (Not Applicable)


LEA 14. Companies changing practices / behaviour following engagement (Private)


LEA 15. Examples of ESG engagements (Private)


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