Positive screening process for our SRI funds and mandates
In addition to the controls that are carried out in-house, the strength of Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management (France)'s ESG research process is further evidenced by our management of SRI institutional mandates which require:
- Strict controls on portfolio management related to the deployment of SRI research according to ESG specifications requested by the client.
- External portfolios reviews carried out by extra-financial rating agencies:
- 1) Vigeo-Eiris reviewed one of the portfolios managed by Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management (France) on behalf of two institutional clients. This process resulted in Vigeo-Eiris granting Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management (France) one of the highest ratings relative to the client's other portfolio managers.
- 2) On behalf of an institutional mandate, Trucost measures the carbon footprint of the SRI portfolio managed by Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management (France).
- The production of specific reports several times in the year with a focus on ESG analysis / portfolio management: these also includes information on how we exercised our voting rights during Shareholders' meetings.
Besides, the ESG ratings of companies covered by our in-house extra financial analysis are updated every 18 to 24 months. The ESG rating can also be updated following to the current news and events, the controversies or still company meetings:
The ESG ratings for our SRI funds managed under an ESG positive screening strategy are determined on a dynamic basis: controversies can cause ESG ratings to be downgraded, depending on the severity and frequency of the issue.In the event of a severe controversy, the company’s ESG rating is downgraded; the fund manager-analysts will then put the stock on watch in order to review details and assess the company’s response to correct the situation. If a company’s rating falls below A, the stock is removed from the portfolio in a period not exceeding 90 days.
Generally speaking, disinvestments can be driven by a change in the fund managers’ financial or extra-financial convictions. Meeting the company’s management can alter our view of the company, cause the up/downgrade of its ESG rating, or even trigger an exit from the portfolio due to a low rating.
As far as information on SRI portfolios movements is concerned, new SRI portfolios holdings and exits are recorded in the SRI funds’s monthly financial and extra-financial reporting, where the funds managers may mention any ESG-related issues in the comment section, where relevant.
NEGATIVE / EXCLUSIONARY SCREENING PROCESS FOR ALL OUR EQUITY FUNDS
Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management (France) has implemented a policy excluding stocks involved in the production of cluster bombs and anti-personnel mines from all of the UCITS/AIF and mandates that it manages.
The list of stocks involved in the production of cluster bombs and anti-personnel mines is drawn up at least once a year by the RI team, in cooperation with the Chief Investment Officer. This list is based publicly-available lists (e.g. PGGM, Norwegian Pension Fund, Australian Pension Fund, etc.) and internal research.
At the Voting and Engagement Committee, which meets at least twice a year, this list is submitted by the RI investment team and, reviewed and validated as appropriate by the Committee. The Committee's minutes include the validation of the list and its composition. It is circulated to Risk Department so that the front office tool limits are updated accordingly..
This blocking limit applies to all of the portfolios managed by Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management (France).
Besides, Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management (France) has drawn up a list of banned countries for which it is necessary to obtain prior approval from Internal Control and Compliance Department of the Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management (France) before making any investments. As a result, this list of banned countries has an impact in the authorisation of our investment for the equities, corporate and sovereign debt.
Nearly 30 countries appearing on this list are subject to an embargo put in place by the United States and Europe or have been subject to financial sanctions or to asset freezes.