The screens were previously performed by Sustainalytics. The company is a pioneer in research on environmental, social and governance issues and on responsible investments in general. With over 130 employees, including 70 analysts, they have the process in place to insure the quality of the research and the robustness of the screening provided to Fiera Capital.
At the end of 2016, we changed our partnership from Sustainalytics to MSCI ESG Research. Starting in 2017, the screen will now be done using MSCI.
Also, the list of screened companies is reviewed on a quarterly basis by the CIO Office to ensure that the sectors of activities/product involvement of the companies deemed ineligible correspond to the reality of the company's operations.