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UBS Asset Management

PRI reporting framework 2019

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Asset class implementation gateway indicators

OO 10. Active ownership practices for listed assets

10.1. Select the active ownership activities your organisation implemented in the reporting year.

Listed equity – engagement

Listed equity – voting

Fixed income SSA – engagement

Please explain why you do not engage directly and do not require external managers to engage with companies on ESG factors.

          We are in the process of developing our engagement efforts with SSA bond issuers.
        

Fixed income Corporate (financial) – engagement

Fixed income Corporate (non-financial) – engagement

Fixed income Corporate (securitised) – engagement


OO 11. ESG incorporation practices for all assets

11.1. Select the internally managed asset classes in which you addressed ESG incorporation into your investment decisions and/or your active ownership practices (during the reporting year).

Listed equity

Fixed income - SSA

Fixed income - corporate (financial)

Fixed income - corporate (non-financial)

Fixed income - securitised

Property

Infrastructure

Hedge funds

Fund of hedge funds

Money market instruments

Other (1)

'Other (1)' [as defined in OO 05]

          Other: Multi-Asset strategies
        
Select the externally managed assets classes in which you and/or your investment consultants address ESG incorporation in your external manager selection, appointment and/or monitoring processes.
Asset class
ESG incorporation addressed in your external manager selection, appointment and/or monitoring processes
Private equity

Private equity - ESG incorporation addressed in your external manager selection, appointment and/or monitoring processes

Property

Property - ESG incorporation addressed in your external manager selection, appointment and/or monitoring processes

Infrastructure

Infrastructure - ESG incorporation addressed in your external manager selection, appointment and/or monitoring processes

11.4. Provide a brief description of how your organisation includes responsible investment considerations in your investment manager selection, appointment and monitoring processes.

Real Estate and Private Markets:

With respect to our externally managed assets, we see ESG factors as an important part of our overall due diligence process. Information on the target funds' ESG policies is collected as part of the due diligence questionnaire that target fund managers complete at our request. Whilst we prefer funds that have strong ESG policies, the quality of a fund's ESG policies will not form the basis of our decision alone. We will also consider how it incorporates these policies into the fund strategy, how it reports its ESG strategy to its investors, what relevant laws and regulations impact the fund, and any sustainability initiatives the fund is already participating in. This information is then incorporated into the investment decision making process.

The benefits of this process may include: limiting the risk of regulatory non-compliance, maintaining properties' competitive position in the market, increasing the appeal of a property to tenants and purchasers, and in some cases, reducing expenses and improving returns.

The majority of our Real Estate and Private Market fund of funds have implemented ESG policies, are signatories to the PRI and participate in the GRESB survey (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark). 


OO 12. Modules and sections required to complete

12.1. Below are all applicable modules or sections you may report on. Those which are mandatory to report (asset classes representing 10% or more of your AUM) are already ticked and read-only. Those which are voluntary to report on can be opted into by ticking the box.

Core modules

RI implementation directly or via service providers

Direct - Listed Equity incorporation

Direct - Listed Equity active ownership

Direct - Fixed Income

Direct - Other asset classes with dedicated modules

RI implementation via external managers

Indirect - Selection, Appointment and Monitoring of External Managers

Closing module

12.2. Additional information. [Optional]


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