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University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation (re University of Toronto Endowment)

PRI reporting framework 2018

You are in Indirect – Manager Selection, Appointment and Monitoring » Selection

Selection

SAM 02. Selection processes (LE and FI)

02.1. Indicate what RI-related information your organisation typically covers in the majority of selection documentation for your external managers

Your organisation’s investment strategy and how ESG objectives relate to it

ESG incorporation requirements

ESG reporting requirements

Other

No RI information covered in the selection documentation

LE

FI - SSA
Private equity
Investment strategy and how ESG objectives relate to it
ESG incorporation requirements
ESG reporting requirements
Other
No RI information covered in the RFPs

If you select any 'Other' option(s), specify

02.2. Explain how your organisation evaluates the investment manager’s ability to align between your investment strategy and their investment approach

Strategy

Assess the time horizon of the investment manager’s offering vs. your/beneficiaries’ requirements

Assess the quality of investment policy and its references to ESG

Assess the investment approach and how ESG objectives are implemented in the investment process

Review the manager’s firm-level vs. product-level approach to RI

Assess the ESG definitions to be used

Other

None of the above

LE

FI - SSA
Private equity
Assess the time horizon of the investment manager’s offering vs. your/beneficiaries’ requirements
Assess the quality of investment policy and its reference to ESG
Assess the investment approach and how ESG objectives are implemented in the investment process
Review the manager’s firm-level vs. product-level approach to RI
Assess the ESG definitions to be used
Other
None of the above

ESG people/oversight

Assess ESG expertise of investment teams

Review the oversight and responsibilities of ESG implementation

Review how ESG implementation is incentivised

Review the manager’s RI-promotion efforts and engagement with the industry

Other

None of the above

LE

FI - SSA
Private equity
Assess ESG expertise of investment teams
Review the oversight and responsibilities of ESG implementation
Review how is ESG implementation enforced /ensured
Review the manager’s RI-promotion efforts and engagement with the industry
Other
None of the above

Process/portfolio construction/investment valuation

Review the process for ensuring the quality of the ESG data used

Review and agree the use of ESG data in the investment decision making process

Review and agree the impact of ESG analysis on investment decisions

Review and agree ESG objectives (e.g. risk reduction, return seeking, real-world impact)

Review and agree manager’s ESG risk framework

Review and agree ESG risk limits at athe portfolio level (portfolio construction) and other ESG objectives

Review how ESG materiality is evaluated by the manager

Review process for defining and communicating on ESG incidents

Review and agree ESG reporting frequency and detail

Other, specify

None of the above

LE

FI - SSA
Private equity
Review the process for ensuring the quality of the ESG data used
Review and agree the use of ESG data in the investment decision making process
Review and agree the impact of ESG analysis on investment decisions
Review and agree ESG objectives (e.g. risk reduction, return seeking, real-world impact)
Review and agree manager’s ESG risk framework
Review and agree ESG risk limits at athe portfolio level (portfolio construction) and other ESG objectives
Review how ESG materiality is evaluated by the manager
Review process for defining and communicating on ESG incidents
Review and agree ESG reporting frequency and detail
Other, specify
None of the above

If you select any 'Other' option(s), specify

02.3. Indicate the selection process and its ESG/RI components

02.4. When selecting external managers does your organisation set any of the following:

ESG performance development targets

ESG score

ESG weight

Real economy influence

Other RI considerations

None of the above

LE

FI - SSA
Private equity
ESG performance development targets
ESG score
ESG weight
Real world economy targets
Other RI considerations
None of the above

If you select any 'Other' option(s), specify

02.5. Describe how the ESG information reviewed and discussed affects the selection decision making process.[OPTIONAL]

          We seek ESG information from investment managers from questionnaires, reviewing manager ESG/RI policies and ESG-focused discussions with current and prospective investment managers. Moreover, for LE strategies, we score the manager’s portfolio and a benchmark portfolio from an ESG perspective using MSCI’s ESG rating methodology and use the output of this analysis to have more detailed conversations on ESG integration with the managers. For all asset classes, the objective of all of this work is to help us better understand how the manager thinks about ESG factors within the context of its investment strategy and process. This information, in combination with an assessment of the relevance of ESG to the strategy (e.g. considering the strategy's time horizon), is used to determine an ESG rating for the manager, which is considered along with non-ESG metrics, when evaluating current and prospective managers.  

It is important to note that we do not assign a weight to ESG considerations, or any other consideration for that matter, in our manager selection and monitoring process. Instead, we take a holistic approach and evaluate all considerations together (i.e. we take a “mosaic” approach). We believe that adding this additional ESG “lens” to our process leads to more informed decision-making on our part, and ultimately results in better decisions.
        

SAM 03. Evaluating engagement and voting practices in manager selection (listed equity/fixed income)

03.1. Indicate how your organisation typically evaluates the manager’s active ownership practices in the majority of the manager selection process.

(Proxy) voting

Review the manager’s voting policy

Review the manager’s ability to align voting activities with clients’ specific voting policies

Review the manager’s process for informing clients about voting decisions

Ensure whether voting outcomes feed back into the investment decision-making process

Review the number of votes cast as a percentage of ballots/AGMs or holdings and available rationale

Other voting issues in your selection process; specify

None of the above

LE

Review the manager’s voting policy
Review the manager’s ability to align voting activities with clients’ specific voting policies
Review the manager’s process for informing clients about voting decisions
Ensure that voting outcomes feed back into the investment decision-making process
Review the number of votes cast as a percentage of ballots/AGMs or holdings and available rationale
Other active ownership voting issues in your selection process; specify
None of the above

If you select any 'Other' option(s), specify

03.2. Describe how you assess if the manager’s engagement approach is effective.

03.3. Describe how you assess if the manager’s voting approach is effective/appropriate

03.4. Additional information [OPTIONAL]

          
        

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