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Longview Partners

PRI reporting framework 2017

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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]

URL

Attach document


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

We engage with companies on corporate governance issues as part of our overall investment strategy and we incorporate the results from our engagement into our Quality criteria.  "Engagement" to us means that we seek to meet with company board directors and executives to discuss strategy and corporate responsibility issues. We are comfortable discussing any contentious issues on company meeting agendas and have ongoing dialogue with management regarding the outlook of the business and the issues and risks affecting it. Consequently, we are able to evaluate any resulting management decisions and actions. We will also discuss the quality of the company’s reporting as well as the finance and remuneration schemes and strongly support those that align management’s interests with those of shareholders.

 

We evaluate our engagement with companies through our ongoing dialogue with company management.  We incorporate the results from our engagement into our investment criteria.  Whilst we put our views forward strongly in these meetings, we do not consider ourselves activist. Ultimately, if after lengthy discussions we believed management was failing to act in shareholders’ interests, we would reduce our Quality rating to Q3 and sell our holding in order to minimise the loss of shareholder value.  

01.5. Additional information [optional]


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]


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