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Vontobel Holding AG

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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.

01.5. Additional information [optional]

The voting rights for all of Vontobel's sustainable investment funds and selected thematic funds are actively exercised and an active dialogue is conducted with the companies in which they invest. The Vontobel Group works with Hermes EOS (HEOS) - a leading provider of voting and engagement services - to ensure the exercising of voting rights and the cultivation of a dialogue with these companies. (https://www.hermes-investment.com/stewardship/)

Importantly, the decision-making authority remains with Vontobel. The proposals made by HEOS with regard to voting rights and engagement are reviewed by Vontobel and can be modified or rejected. The voting and engagement guidelines followed by HEOS and Ethos were also reviewed and approved by Vontobel. (https://www.hermes-investment.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/the-hermes-ownership-principles.pdf)

In the case of the other Swiss and Luxembourg-domiciled investment funds managed by Vontobel Fonds Services AG and Vontobel Management S.A., the voting rights for all equity positions where the funds hold a significant stake (at least 3%) of the issuer's share capital are exercised in accordance with the corporate governance recommendations of the European Fund and Asset Management Association. In the case of equity positions held by the Swiss sustainable investment fund managed by Vontobel Fonds Services AG, research produced by HEOS is incorporated into the voting process. Vontobel Fonds Services AG has the exclusive authority to decide how the voting rights are exercised and it executes these decisions. Rules are in place defining how problematic events at the target companies are identified and assessed as well as how voting decisions are made and voting rights are exercised. The way in which voting rights are exercised for Global Change products is disclosed regularly in Voting& Engagement Reports. They also provide examples of the ongoing dialogue with companies.

( https://www.vontobel.com/CH/Download/AssetStore/550856a1-219f-4a1a-9a1f-81b56abb194a/05_2015_Voting%20and%20Engagment.pdf)

Our service provider Hermes EOS engages with companies on behalf of its clients on environmental, social and ethical, governance, strategy, risk and communication issues with the goal of achieving beneficial change with respect to risk management, value creation and reputation. Engagements are objective-driven and follow a structured, milestone-driven approach. Interactions are sought at the board, senior management and specialist level, which is complemented by collaborations with other investors where appropriate. The work is carried out by a multinational team with diverse experience and skills. All company engagements are sought to be complementary to Hermes EOS' public policy, best practice and voting work.


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

          To better understand current practices as well as forward- looking sustainability performance of a company.
        

Collaborative engagements

Service provider engagements

02.2. Additional information. [Optional]

Sustainable Investing Boutique: Analysts interact and exchange with the companies

Our engagement approach aims to add to a company's value by increasing the management's sensitivity to sustainability in the interests of its shareholders and fund unit holders. We assess engagement on two levels: on the one hand, the company's reaction to the rating from the sustainability analysts, whereby a certain level of willingness to engage in dialogue is a minimum requirement. On the other hand, we focus on companies whose shares are in the portfolio or planned to be added in the near future. As a rule, individual questionnaires are sent with questions specific to the company and relevant sustainability aspects.

See LEA 1.4 for further information on the engagement service provided by Hermes EOS.


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.

03.3. Additional information. [Optional]

In the mtx Global Leaders and SI boutiques, analysts are in contact with investments, as well as potential investments, in order to learn about their environmental, social and governance performance.

Building on this dialogue, we develop initial engagements where we encourage companies to improve their performance in areas which we consider to be material.


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.

04.5. Additional information. [Optional]

Our financial analysts hold meetings with the majority of the management teams of the companies they invest in. In the course of these conversations, they also address important ESG aspects.


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]

We actively monitor and review the activities of our service provider Hermes EOS through quarterly calls and regular reports. Hermes EOS provide a client facing portal which allows us to refer to the full history of engagement with each company and track progress. Furthermore, we give input on certain companies and issues we would like HEOS to engage 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]

Vontobel regularly receives reporting on the engagement activities from the service provider. Vontobel then checks the coverage of the engagement activities relative to its funds as well as the topics covered. Furthermore, Vontobel checks the progress on the different engagements.

Since 2015, the mtx Global Leaders boutique maintains an active database where engagement activities undertaken on our behalf by our service provider HEOS are tracked and monitored. This database supports analysts in better understanding the engagement activities undertaken for their investments, and supports their ESG evaluation of these investments.


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

Service provider engagements

10.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]

HEOS' regular reporting provides full disclosure on the number of engagements conducted on our behalf. In the mtx Boutique, information about individual/internal staff engagements as well as engagements undertaken through our service provider are tracked through an engagement database.


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.

provide URL

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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