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ClearBridge Investments

PRI reporting framework 2019

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Promoting responsible investment

SG 09. Collaborative organisations / initiatives

09.1. Select the collaborative organisation and/or initiatives of which your organisation is a member or in which it participated during the reporting year, and the role you played.

Select all that apply

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Active member of the PRI LIsted Equity ESG Integration Advisory Committee and Subcommittee.

CFA Institute and PRI collaboration projects

Frequent speaker at PRI in Person event over past decade

In addition to implementing all six principles of the PRI, have also been actively (across channels: investors, consultants, clients) employing principle #4 to promote acceptance and implementation of the principles. 

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Investor and Company Member:

Have provided research and company engagement support for the CDP.

Hosted climate and water company events inviting the CDP USA staff to participate

Asset Manager participant in Non-Disclosure Campaign

 

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Company Member

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Company Member:

Hosted company water and climate events inviting the CDP USA staff to participate

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Have contributed to the CFAI ESG analyst publication and have been a contributor for the CFAI curriculum on ESG components of the exams.

Presented at PRI in Person event with other speakers to present the PRI/CFA Institute report on ESG workshops

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Member:

Attended NYC-based GIIN member events

Provided feedback to GIIN surveys and staff for strategy with regard to listed equities

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Affiliate Member:

Participate in annual event, semi-annual meetings, and shareholder engagement.

Hosted company events and invited ICCR members to participate.

 

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Investor Member:

Participate in the investor initiatives on climate risk. Engage in shareholder climate-related proposal discussion groups and events.

          We are members of US SIF and RIA (Canada SIF)
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Member:

Participate in the annual event; Engage and network with US SIF members; Provide consultative feedback on strategy

          SASB
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

ClearBridge has served on the Outreach and Education committee, as well as having provided direct buy-side analyst feedback for over 20 sector standards

          Climate Action 100+
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Investor Signatory:

Participant in lead and collaborative company engagements 

          Access to Medicines Index
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Investor supporter:

Involved in direct investor engagements around ATMI participation by companies

          TCFD
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Signatory:

Participate in company engagements on TCFD reporting recommendations


SG 09.2. Assets managed by PRI signatories (Not Applicable)


SG 10. Promoting RI independently

10.1. Indicate if your organisation promotes responsible investment, independently of collaborative initiatives.

10.2. Indicate the actions your organisation has taken to promote responsible investment independently of collaborative initiatives. Provide a description of your role in contributing to the objectives of the selected action and the typical frequency of your participation/contribution.

Description

          ClearBridge has recorded and shared a large number of webinars, podcasts, videos, company engagements on Responsible Investment- e.g., educational overview, ESG integration, the performance question, for different instruments, active ownership, etc.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          We have supported RI industry research in a variety of forms, including, most recently for the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR)
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          We continually present to business school classes and help professors in their RI or impact-related curriculum and review academic papers
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          We have done this through our active engagement with our portfolio companies to improve RI-related disclosure. We have done this through voting our proxies for such proposals requesting increased RI-related disclosure, as well as in our face-to-face meetings with CEOs and senior managements at our portfolio companies.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          We have an educational focus in our process and so many of our investment team members (portfolio mgrs, CEO/CIO/DoR, and analysts) have all spoken publicly to promote RI
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          We believe it is important to report to our clients and share with the general investing public on our views and research findings on RI and how this impacts our portfolios, the industry, and future of responsible investment
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Yes, in our discussions and forums with investment management peers, as well as clients and other asset owners, we do bring up the PRI and the interactions we have had with the other Signatories and how this has helped to organize global institutional investment around RI. We also presented to public pensions and other asset managers on the value of the PRI
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          We have a generally high response rate to requests from external stakeholders on RI discussions and surveys
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          We are open to share our articles with the media (e.g., Pensions & Investment), and we are also open to interviews that may appear in a published article on a global basis
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          We are members of the ESG Integration into Listed Equities Advisory Committee and Sub-Committee, as well as the Impact Mapping WG
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Board Member, IRRC Institute - funder of RI academic and practitioner research 
Board member, Sustainable Investment Institute - non-profit RI research organization
        

Frequency of contribution

10.3. Describe any additional actions and initiatives that your organisation has taken part in during the reporting year to promote responsible investment [Optional]

We presented at the PRI in Person in September 2018 for the PRI Listed Equity Advisory Committee

We presented at the RI Europe, RI Asia, and RI Americas conferences on responsible investment and ESG integration.

We presented at the P&I ESG events, as well as the RIA (Canada) annual conference.

We presented at over a dozen institutional investor presentations on responsible investment.

We presented to business schools on ESG integration techniques and Impact Investing 

We presented at the UN in NYC to promote International Women's Day 


SG 11. Dialogue with public policy makers or standard setters

11.1. Indicate if your organisation - individually or in collaboration with others - conducted dialogue with public policy makers or regulators in support of responsible investment in the reporting year.

If yes

11.2. Select the methods you have used.

specify description

          Through our involvement with PRI, USSIF, Access to Medicines, CDP, Climate Action 100+ and Ceres.
        

11.3. Where you have made written submissions (individually or collaboratively) to governments and regulatory authorities, indicate if these are publicly available.

11.4. Provide a brief description of the main topics your organisation has engaged with public policy-makers or regulators on.

We have supported the work of other public/non-profit organizations who have the remit to dialogue with public policy makers and regulators in support of RI.

For example, through our membership with US SIF we participated in a Capitol Hill visit with other members and went to Congress to educate staff in the US House and Senate on public policy priorites to help shape a more sustainable world and advance knowledge on responsible investment. 

We have also collaborated with the Access to Medicines Index (ATMI), which has been given support by the UK and Dutch governments for their work to advocate for pharmaceutical industries to provide more access to medicine to populations around the world.

We have been a member of the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) and Ceres - both organizations have been actively involved on public policy issues related to climate, governments, and corporations

We have signed onto letters related to public policy recognition of investor support for climate awareness and action through our affiliations with RI organizations.


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