We have ESG considerations are explicitly incorporated in our manager selection& monitoring processes. Managers are assessed on five factors; parent, people, process, performance and planet (ESG). Underlying factors within Planet are the manager's commitment to RI (evaluated by the manager having a company wide ánd asset class specific integration policy, being a UN PRI signatory or not and having a responsible executive for ESG), integration of ESG in the investment process, evidence of integration& reporting, voting & engagement and the integration of an exclusion policy. Therefore responsible investment considerations are part and parcel of PME's continuous assessment of managers.
With respect to appointment of managers, PME screens up front on RI. Every manager that responds to a Request for Proposal has to include how it deals with responsible investing. Via a dedicated strategy specific questionnaire the manager has to show if there is RI-commitment on a board level, if it has a RI-policy and how ESG-criteria are implemented in the investment process. Also PME strongly prefers managers who are PRI-signatories. If a manager does not meet these criteria and does not show that it will work on meeting the criteria the manager is not eligible for selection.