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Boston Common Asset Management

PRI reporting framework 2019

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Confidence building measures

CM1 01. Assurance, verification, or review

01.1. Indicate whether the reported information you have provided for your PRI Transparency Report this year has undergone:

          Review by Chief Compliance Officer of the entire PRI Transparency Report.

01.2. Additional information [OPTIONAL]


CM1 02. Assurance of last year's PRI data

02.1. We undertook third party assurance on last year’s PRI Transparency Report

02.3. Additional information [OPTIONAL]


CM1 03. Other confidence building measures

03.1. We undertake confidence building measures that are unspecific to the data contained in our PRI Transparency Report:

03.2. Which scheme?

% of total AUM the scheme applies


          Real Impact Tracker Certified Community

% of total AUM the scheme applies

          We have participated in the Impact of Investor Engagement pilot study and were certified by Real Impact Tracker Initiative which is focused on measuring outcomes.

03.5. Additional information [OPTIONAL]

          In 2018 Boston Common was certified at the firm level by Real Impact Tracker, a third party certification process which focuses on full ESG integration into the investment process, in-depth shareowner engagement and impact, and publicly advancing environmental and social initiatives through thought leadership, public policy engagement, and collaboration.  Real Impact estimates that only 7% of assets under management scored with their rating system would meet their certification threshold.

Below is more detail on the Real Impact Tracker methodology:
The process of an investor changing a company through conversations or raising issues for formal votes.

Investors can meet directly with companies to discuss environmental and social issues.

Shareholder can file formal proposals, which can change a company, and spotlight issues into the public eye.

Shareholders can vote on those formal proposals. Votes are impactful when the management wouldn’t otherwise agree.

When the market values performance on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) metrics, companies will improve.

How the fund considers ESG in decision-making. Good financial performance encourages more people to invest impactfully.

ESG as a field is yet young. Contributing rigorous research helps advance the ESG lens into the mainstream.

Publicly speaking on ESG is a great way to disseminate knowledge among peers and further the field.

Investors have an active voice in public policy and civil society. They can use that voice for good.

Investors can sign joint statements or letters on crucial issues, or pen open letters to the companies they own.

Investors often directly communicate with policymakers. They can advocate for social and environmental issues.

Collaborating with civil society and other investors can amplify initiatives.

CM1 04. Assurance of this year's PRI data

04.1. Do you plan to conduct third party assurance of this year's PRI Transparency report?

04.3. Additional information [OPTIONAL]

          We became a member of the Real Impact Tracker certified community in 2018 after undergoing an audit of our ESG integration investment process, shareowner engagement activities and impact, and our leadership in the public sphere including public policy engagement and collaboration.  The Real Impact Tracker is a new certification process to help investors find money managers that are committed to creating positive social and environmental benefits with their investments.

CM1 05. External assurance (Not Applicable)

CM1 06. Assurance or internal audit (Not Applicable)

CM1 07. Internal verification

07.1. Indicate who has reviewed/verified internally the whole - or selected data of the - PRI Transparency Report . and if this applies to selected data please specify what data was reviewed

Who has conducted the verification

Sign-off or review of responses

07.2. Additional information [OPTIONAL]