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RBC Global Asset Management

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

Our investment teams meet with the companies in which we are invested on an ongoing basis and often discuss risks and opportunities relating to ESG factors. We engage more specifically with companies on ESG-related issues when those issues have been identified as particularly material for that company. We are in the process of formalizing our ESG engagement program that will prioritize engagements using a risk-based approach, focusing on the materiality of the ESG risks and opportunities facing each company and the size of our investment in it.

In general, the goal of our engagement program is to effectively communicate our views as an investor. More specifically, the purposes of our ESG-focused engagements are to: i) seek better disclosure of ESG risks and opportunities and the steps the company is taking to address them; ii) encourage more effective management of ESG factors when we believe they may impact shareholder value; iii) clarify information in advance of a voting decision; iv) where a company is lagging behind its peers on a material ESG issue, seek a commitment from the company for change, monitor any changes and encourage continued improvements that will impact shareholder value.

We engage collectively with other shareholders where appropriate.

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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