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Addenda Capital Inc.

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(C) Implementation: Integration

FI 11. Integration overview

11.1. Describe your approach to integrating ESG into traditional financial analysis.

We strongly believe monitoring ESG factors for our fixed income mandates provide better risk management, hence leading to superior returns. We also undertake ESG screening and thematic investing when our clients demand it.

A key aspect of our approach is the explicit integration of ESG issues into our investment decisions. We do not reduce our investment universe by screening out industries or business practices for ethical reasons – we rather enhance our investment decisions by considering ESG factors that could have a material impact on financial or investment performance. The team is supported by the Sustainable Investing team working together to proactively identify and assess ESG risks and opportunities in our existing investment process.

When considering the purchase of a new security, the investment team incorporates ESG considerations into their investment analysis. The investment team receives ESG analysis from Addenda's sustainable investing team that draws upon a variety of ESG sources of information.

The investment team incorporates the ESG information and analysis into their decision, along with a variety of other considerations including corporate structure, management quality, relative value and liquidity.

11.2. Describe how your ESG integration approach is adapted to each of the different types of fixed income you invest in.

SSA

With the help of the sustainable investing team, portfolio managers consider ESG information when it comes to the fundamental analysis of new issuers. The sustainable investing team also provides information on specific ESG issues on an ad hoc when they judge it material.

Corporate (financial)

With the help of the sustainable investing team, portfolio managers consider ESG information when it comes to the fundamental analysis of new issuers. The sustainable investing team also provides information on specific ESG issues on an ad hoc when they judge it material.

Corporate (non-financial)

With the help of the sustainable investing team, portfolio managers consider ESG information when it comes to the fundamental analysis of new issuers. The sustainable investing team also provides information on specific ESG issues on an ad hoc when they judge it material.

11.3. Additional information [OPTIONAL]


FI 12. Integration - ESG information in investment processes

12.1. Indicate how ESG information is typically used as part of your investment process.

Select all that apply
SSA
Corporate (financial)
Corporate (non-financial)
Securitised
ESG analysis is integrated into fundamental analysis
ESG analysis is integrated into security weighting decisions
ESG analysis is integrated into portfolio construction decisions
ESG analysis is a standard part of internal credit ratings or assessment
ESG analysis for issuers is a standard agenda item at investment committee meetings
ESG analysis is regularly featured in internal research notes or similar
ESG analysis is a standard feature of ongoing portfolio monitoring
ESG analysis features in all internal issuer summaries or similar documents
Other, specify

12.2. Additional information [OPTIONAL]


FI 13. Integration - E,S and G issues reviewed

13.1. Indicate the extent to which ESG issues are reviewed in your integration process.

Environment Social Governance
SSA
Corporate (financial)
Corporate (non-financial)

13.2. Please provide more detail on how you review E, S and G factors in your integration process.

SSA

In their analysis of sovereign issuers, portfolio managers include variables such as demographics as part of the research process.

Corporate (financial)

Investment teams are responsible for incorporating material ESG information. For corporate fixed income analysis, this could mean using data from ESG research providers such as MSCI, Sustainalytics, or Bloomberg, and identifying the best or worst performers in the portfolio on various E, S, and G, metrics. When looking at new issuers, fixed income teams may work with the equity teams to see if any ESG analysis has been previously done by the equity teams. We also compare our portfolios' weighted average carbon footprints to those of their benchmarks on a quarterly basis.

Corporate (non-financial)

Investment teams are responsible for incorporating material ESG information. For corporate fixed income analysis, this could mean using data from ESG research providers such as MSCI, Sustainalytics, or Bloomberg, and identifying the best or worst performers in the portfolio on various E, S, and G, metrics. When looking at new issuers, fixed income teams may work with the equity teams to see if any ESG analysis has been previously done by the equity teams. We also compare our portfolios' weighted average carbon footprints to those of their benchmarks on a quarterly basis.

13.3. Additional information.[OPTIONAL]


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