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Public Sector Pension Investment Board

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:

          Direct and collaborative engagements
        

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

PSP Investments' engagement strategy and approach is described in our Responsible Investment Policy.

Public companies are selected for engagement based on a process that takes into account such factors as ability to create shareholder value, prospects for successful engagement and relevance of ESG issues. Many of our engagements are triggered because companies have not provided sufficient information in their disclosures to fully inform our assessment of the quality of their governance practices, including the exposure to and management of environmental and social factors. We may choose to engage with companies directly, through service providers, or collaboratively with other investors. If we conduct individual engagements, our preference is to do so privately. The intensity of our engagements varies depending on the issues at stake. Some engagements entail one or two meetings over several months; others are more complex and warrant multiple meetings with board members and senior management over several years. We establish our engagement objectives based on issues for which we believe behavioural changes are warranted. Often, multiple ESG factors need to be addressed within a given company. Each of them may require varying approaches and levels of engagement, as well as different contact points.

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
Collaborative engagements
Service provider engagements

02.2. Additional information. [Optional]

As an active and engaged investor, PSP Investments actively believes that direct dialogue and collaborative engagements with other like-minded institutional investors with public companies are the best ways to improve their ESG practices in respect of a wide range of issues, such as pollution and waste management, health and safety, supply chain management, board independence and executive compensation. PSP Investments engages with companies in its public equity portfolio to encourage sustainable corporate conduct aimed at enhancing long-term financial performance.


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