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Colonial First State Global Asset Management (including First State Investments)

PRI reporting framework 2017

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SG 17. Innovative features of approach to RI

17.1. Indicate whether any specific features of your approach to responsible investment are particularly innovative.

17.2. Describe any specific features of your approach to responsible investment that you believe are particularly innovative.

Our governance of responsible investment is sufficiently flexible to allow for team specific and firm wide innovations. Across the firm multiple projects are underway which we would class as innovative. These include:

  • Portfolio level monitoring of the ESG quality of all equity investments through a web based platform. The platform combines ESG information from two different research providers.

  • A public responsible investment and stewardship report which includes interactive content and ESG risk profiles for all investment teams.

  • New sovereign ESG risk assessment report for use by Fixed Income teams.

  • Development of a product for a mandate client which includes the requirement to reduce the carbon intensity of the portfolio overtime.

  • The development of a new Sustainable Australian Equities SMA product and a Sustainable Listed Infrastructure fund.

  • Sustainability and ESG investment beliefs survey being conducted across the entire business.

  • Structured training and development program that includes eLearning modules, and specialist subject matter expert briefings.

17.3. Additional information.