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West Midlands Pension Fund

PRI reporting framework 2017

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Engagement

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

The Fund establishes its priorites for engagement, based on size of holding, financial materiality of the issue, likelihood of achieving successful outcomes, importance to members and level of effort. The Fund engages primarily through partnerships, including the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF), the PRI, the UK Pension Fund Roundtable and IIGCC. Where the Fund's priorities for engagement cannot be fulfilled through a partnership, the Fund will engage directly. Most engagement is with investee companies but the Fund will also engage fund managers, regulators and other influential bodies.

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]


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]


LEA 04. Objectives for engagement activities

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04.1. Indicate if you define specific objectives for your engagement activities.

04.2. Indicate if you monitor the actions that companies take following your engagements.

04.3. Indicate whether your organisation defines milestones and goals for engagement activities carried out by internal staff.

04.4. Indicate if you do any of the following to monitor and evaluate the progress of your engagement activities carried out by internal staff.

04.5. Additional information. [Optional]


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

05.2. Describe the criteria used to identify and prioritise collaborative engagements

05.3. Additional information [Optional]


LEA 06. Objectives for engagement activities

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06.1. Indicate if you define specific objectives for your engagement activities carried out collaboratively.

06.2. Indicate if you monitor the actions companies take following your collaborative engagements.

06.3. Indicate whether your organisation defines milestones and goals related to engagement activities carried out via collaborations.

06.4. Indicate if you do any of the following to monitor and evaluate the progress of your collaborative engagement activities.

06.5. Additional information. [Optional]


Process for engagements conducted with/on your behalf by service providers

LEA 07. Role in engagement process

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07.1. Indicate if you play a role in the engagement process that your service provider conducts on your behalf.

07.2. Indicate the role(s) you play in engagements that your service provider conducts on your behalf.

07.3. Additional information. [Optional]

As a LAPFF member, the Fund has an opportunity at quarterly business meetings to suggest topics or companies for engagement. The Executive Committee makes the decision on whether or not to go forward with an engagement suggested by a LAPFF member. LAPFF’s progress is actively monitored and reviewed at each quarterly Business Meeting. In addition, the Executive Committee assesses the performance of LAPFF’s primary service provider annually.

As an organisation with a member on the LAPFF Executive Committee, the Fund's Director of Pensions participates directly in engagement meetings with companies on an ad-hoc basis.

The Fund is directly involved in engagement work through the PRI and comments on the engagement strategy with collaborating investments.

The Fund collaborates proactively with the UK Pension Fund Roundtable and other informal collective bodies on corporate engagement.

The Fund will engage directly where the opportunity to partner is not available or is not appropriate. This might be done with the aid of a consultant, but the Fund's RI Officer will play a direct role in setting the theme, objectives, business case, timeline, method, escalation steps and so on.

 


LEA 08. Monitor / discuss service provider information

08.1. Indicate whether you monitor and/or discuss the following information provided to you by your service provider

Please select all that apply

08.2. Additional information. [Optional]

The Fund monitors the progress of all LAPFF engagement at both meetings of the LAPFF Executive and the quarterly Business Meetings.

Additionally, engagement projects that are undertaken by the service provider (PIRC) specifically on behalf of the Fund are monitored via e-mail, telephone calls and meetings.


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

Service provider engagements

10.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]

LAPFF tracks the number of companies that it engages with directly and reports this quarterly as well as annually. All incoming and outgoing correspondence as well as all meetings and phone calls with companies are saved and recorded, allowing LAPFF to provide accurate and comparable statistics on number and type of engagements year on year.

For collaborative engagements, LAPFF endeavors to track how many companies it reaches. However, the number of companies where the number of companies contacted numbers into the hundreds in a collaborative engagement is not systematically tracked.

The above noted engagement data is collated internally and then presented to the public on a quarterly basis on the Fund's website: http://www.wmpfonline.com/article/5708/Engagement-through-partnerships

We also track and report on engagements conducted through other collaborations including the UK Pension Fund Roundtable and the PRI.

 


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 (Private)


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


LEA 15. Examples of ESG engagements (Private)


Communication

LEA 16. Disclosure of approach to ESG engagements

16.1. Indicate whether your organisation proactively discloses information on its engagements.

16.2. Indicate if the information disclosed to the public is the same as that disclosed to clients/beneficiaries.

16.3. Indicate what engagement information your organisation proactively discloses to clients/beneficiaries and/or the public.

Engagement information disclosed

16.4. Indicate how frequently you report engagements information.

16.8. Additional information. [Optional]


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