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CBRE Global Investors

PRI reporting framework 2018

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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.

01.6. Additional information [optional]

We are in the process of developing a formal Engagement Policy for 2018.


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
Collaborative engagements

Please specify why your organisation does not engage via collaborative engagements.

CBRE does not collaborate with peers on ESG initiatives.  We will attend meetings if invited to discuss industry topics such as governance, but to date we have not joined forces with any peers on ESG efforts.  Because of the nature of our equity business, we are sensitive to any combined efforts with other peer firms which might affect individual companies due to the perception of collusion. 

Service provider engagements

Please specify why your organisation does not engage via service providers.

Engagement efforts by CBRE Clarion are conducted internally, not through service providers.  Given the manageable size of the REIT industry and our longstanding relationships with the companies, CBRE Clarion has access to the senior management of listed real estate companies.  Thus a service provider arrangement for engagement is not necessary.

02.2. Additional information. [Optional]


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.

03.2. Describe the criteria used to identify and prioritise engagement activities carried out by internal staff.

03.3. Additional information. [Optional]


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 during and following your engagements activities carried out by internal staff.

04.3. Indicate if you do any of the following to monitor and evaluate the progress of your engagement activities carried out by internal staff.

04.4. Additional information. [Optional]

Portfolio managers and analysts frequently engage with portfolio companies on a variety of issues. For 2017, we logged engagements with over 130 companies related to ESG issues.  The goals of engagement are driven by the relevant analyst. Environmental issues addressed include the adherence to local protocols for evaluating the environmental performance of buildings as well as more general topics relating to energy conservation and efficiency.  Social issues addressed include community-support initiatives and charitable efforts, as well as building designs intended to focus on the well-being of tenant employees (e.g., WELL certification).  Governance items we engage on include specific items such as board independence and structure, ownership, proxy access, takeover defenses and executive compensation.   

In addition, we continued our efforts to support GRESB by engaging with 30 non-participating companies to emphasize the importance of the survey and encourage participation going forward.


General processes for all three groups of engagers

LEA 09. Share insights from engagements with internal/external managers

09.1. Indicate if insights gained from your engagements are shared with your internal or external investment managers.

Type of engagement

Insights shared

Individual/Internal staff engagements

09.2. Additional information. [Optional]

CBRE Clarion does not have a separate ESG team, so the same individuals (analysts) conducting engagement and making proxy voting decisions are also responsible for recommending an investment in a particular company.  Senior members of the investment team (those participating in CBRE Clarion’s Responsible Investment Management Committee) are responsible for aggregating such information and enabling analysts to understand the ESG issues being considered by their peers.


LEA 10. Tracking number of engagements

10.1. Indicate if you track the number of your engagement activities.

Type of engagement
Tracking engagements

Individual / Internal staff engagements

10.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]

A log of engagement activity is maintained to track engagements between our analyst teams and the companies they cover.  Log entries include the following information: company, analyst, issue type (E, S or G) and issue description.  Senior members of the investment team (those participating in CBRE Clarion’s Responsible Investment Management Committee) are responsible for coordinate the logging of engagement activity and providing feedback to the analyst team on the engagement activities.  Since the analysts meet with company management frequently and sometimes on an ad hoc basis, some less substantive engagements may not be logged.


Outputs and outcomes

LEA 11. Number of companies engaged with, intensity of engagement and effort (Private)


LEA 12. Engagement methods (Private)


LEA 13. Companies changing practices / behaviour following engagement (Private)


LEA 14. Examples of ESG engagements (Private)


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