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Harvard University Endowment

PRI reporting framework 2018

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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.

01.2. Attach or provide a URL to your engagement policy.

01.3. Indicate what your engagement policy covers:

01.4. Provide a brief overview of your organization’s approach to engagement

As an investor, HMC recognizes that a company’s ability to identify and manage ESG risks effectively may affect its valuation. Therefore, engagement with companies plays an important role in our approach to sustainable investment. We select opportunities for engagement based on a number of factors, including the relevance of the ESG risks to shareholder value, risk management, and disclosure practices. Given the current asset allocation of the endowment, we believe the most impactful way to engage with publicly listed companies is through collaborative engagements, such as those organized by the UN PRI, where we can join voices with other asset managers and owners. In 2017 HMC joined the PRI’s global collaborative engagement on the management and disclosure of methane emissions as co-lead investor.

01.6. Additional information [optional]


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

Please specify why your organisation does not engage via internal staff.

Given the current asset allocation of the endowment, we believe the most impactful way to engage with publicly listed companies is through collaborative engagements, such as those organized by the UN PRI, where we can join voices with other asset managers and owners.

Collaborative engagements
Service provider engagements

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

HMC does not use service providers.

02.2. Additional information. [Optional]


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