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Polaris Capital Group Co., Ltd.

PRI reporting framework 2019

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Pre-investment (selection)

PE 05. Incorporating ESG issues when selecting investments

05.1. During due-diligence indicate if your organisation typically incorporates ESG issues when selecting private equity investments.

05.2. Describe your organisation's approach to incorporating ESG issues in private equity investment selection.

ESG issues are incorporated into the due diligence stage of investment selection following a standard process as defined in our ESG policy and procedures. Polaris has developed an ESG checklist which is used to identify potential risk and opportunities for investments being considered with third party specialists used, as appropriate, provide specialist advice. Information is collected through various methods including accessing public information and data provided by investment targets.

05.3. Additional information. [Optional]

PE 06. Types of ESG information considered in investment selection

06.1. Indicate what type of ESG information your organisation typically considers during your private equity investment selection process.

06.2. Describe how this information is reported to, considered and documented by the Investment Committee or similar.

Under Polaris ESG policy and procedures, the Investment Committee is required to consider ESG issues relevant to an investment and implement the relevant actions e.g. risk mitigation measures to be included as part of documented action plans. The findings of the ESG assessment, as contained in the ESG Checklist, are included in the documentation submitted to the Investment Committee.

ESG issues considered by the Investment Committee follow those established in our ESG policy and procedures. These include environmental issues (e.g. air and water pollution, waste management etc.), social issues (e.g. avoidance of human rights abuses, prevention of labour discrimination etc.) and governance (e.g. anti-bribery and corruption, anti-competitive practices etc.)

PE 07. Encouraging improvements in investees (Private)

PE 08. ESG issues impact in selection process (Private)