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Comgest participated in engagement initiatives through the UN PRI Collaboration Platform: — supply chain in the textile and electronics industries — water consumption disclosure at several food & beverage companies — Labour issues in the agricultural supply chain — cybersecurity.
The 3 ESG analysts took part in the PRI In Person conference in Berlin.
We took part in the annual ICGN conference in Paris and Comgest was a sponsor of the event. One member of the Comgest ESG team is part of the ICGN Academy and taught a course on Engagement at the ICGN ESG Integration course taking place in December 2017.
Comgest is engaged in promoting the IIRC via the meetings it holds with investee companies and via special events (calls or meetings hosted by the IIRC...). By showing why it is important and how it can be adopted, Comgest has been instrumental in accelerating its adoption by various firms, and in France in particular.
RI technical committee of AFG (French Asset Management association)
An ESG analyst takes part to regular meetings of the commission
Corporate Governance technical committee of the AFG (French Asset Management association)
An ESG analyst takes part to regular meetings of the commission.
Extra-financial analysis commission of the SFAF (French Association of Financial Analysts)
In the context of the ICGN Annual Conference held in Paris, one of Comgest's ESG analysts was invited to become a member of the ICGN Academy and to give a course on ESG Integration and on Engagement in particular. The audience was made of junior and senior investment professionals from Asset Managers and Asset Owners.
Comgest has been contacted to take part to one-on-one meetings with professor and researcher on various academic projects.
we encourage and support brokers and asset owners with whom we have relationships to invest in and disclose more on their responsible investment practices. For example, one such instance was at the "Ateliers de la Finance Responsable" in June 2017 in Paris.
our CEO and CIO has spoken publicly at a conference hosted by the OECD for national regulators of pension funds, in order to demonstrate why and how ESG integration makes total sense for long-term investors
In 2017, we have convinced an asset owner (which happens to be one of our clients) to become a signatory.
Comgest responds to RI-related consultations initiated by national and European regulators and various NGOs (including Oxfam).
Comgest does write publications in various media such as the Financial Times, IPE or else.
Comgest has one of its ESG analyst as a member of the committee on ESG integration in Equities of the PRI.
Comgest participated in a public consultation on responsible investment practices and reporting in French open-ended funds.