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(A) Implementation: Screening

LEI 06. Types of screening applied

06.1. Indicate and describe the type of screening you apply to your internally managed active listed equities.

Type of screening

Screened by

Description

Across all funds, we exclude companies involved in controversial weapons and securities in breach of EU sanctions. (We note that on occasion, certain sanctions may have the effect of excluding specific countries, but we have no direct country exclusion screens ourselves).

In addition, we provide certain funds which add an additional focus on “Ethical Investment”, which is based on negative screening to exclude companies from the investment universe or investment shortlist, on certain specific grounds. These equity funds are easily identified by the label “Ethical” within the fund name, and are primarily used to meet client needs. The exclusionary criteria for these funds result from ongoing consultation with clients, but are broadly categorised as norm-based and sector-based criteria:

  • A norm-based screen for violations of global norms: environmental protection, human rights, labour standards and anti-corruption.
  • A sector-based screen for companies operating within sectors such as: alcohol, tobacco, gambling, pornography, weapons, thermal coal and oil sands.

(In the above checklist, we reflect this latter sector-based screen as "Product", "Activity" and "Sector". Note that we do not have any broad GICS sector-level exclusions).

Screened by

          Paris Agreement on Climate Change
        

Description

Note that our Norm-Based screening is a negative exclusionary screen, as detailed above. It assesses companies’ adherence to international norms for human rights, the environment, labor standards and anti-corruption. It adheres to the UN Global Compact Principles.

06.2. Describe how the screening criteria are established, how often the criteria are reviewed and how you notify clients and/or beneficiaries when changes are made.

A key role of the RI Committee is to be aware of potentially relevant new screening requirements. Any potential review to screening criteria is informed by ongoing consultation with clients, other industry participants and general industry trends.

Clients are notified of changes vial both direct communication such as presentations or coverage in our Responsible Investment Review, and via our website. 


LEI 07. Processes to ensure screening is based on robust analysis

07.1. Indicate which processes your organisation uses to ensure screening is based on robust analysis.

07.2. Additional information. [Optional]

Normative and sector-based screens are researched and implemented by an external service provider (ISS-Ethix). Internal staff, including both dedicated RI staff and portfolio managers and analysts will review the analysis alongside their own findings based on information from the company in question. Where necessary, more detailed or up-to-date analysis will be requested from the service provider. 


LEI 08. Processes to ensure fund criteria are not breached (Private)


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