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Generation Investment Management LLP

PRI reporting framework 2020

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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]

We Chair and help steer the UNPRI Investor Working Group on Sustainable Palm Oil. One of our founding partners participated in the working group that brought the UNPRI to life, and we were founding a founding signatory. We have provided speakers at UNPRI events on several occasions. Furthermore, our Foundation collaborates with the UNPRI.

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]

We engage with portfolio companies that do not respond to the CDP questionnaire.

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]

Our Senior partner has provided a keynote at GIIN events, and we continue to engage on an ad-hoc basis on the topic of impact investing.

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]

We have been signatories since 2004.

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]

The Generation Foundation supports this group.

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]

Through the collaboration with the Generation Foundation on Fiduciary Duty.

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]

Reflects level of COP disclosure.

          Most of our active collaborative efforts are orchestrated by our advocacy arm, the Generation Foundation. See research partnerships: http://genfound.org/library/
        

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]

          FoodShot Global
        

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]

Alongside our Growth Equity team’s roadmap coverage and research into sustainable Food and Agriculture solutions, we became a founding partner of FoodShot Global[1], which was launched at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in October 2018. FoodShot Global is a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to “make the food system healthier, more sustainable and more equitable”. Each year, the organisation publishes a call for “Moonshots” focused on a specific challenge – the first being soil innovation. By offering winners support to scale their solutions, FoodShot hopes to encourage food system innovation and long term sustainability, working with partners like Rockefeller Foundation, Rabobank, Mars, UC Davis, and Armonia. 

 

[1] www.foodshot.org

          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]

Oour Senior Partner has been involved with the financials stream of the TCFD since 2015.

          Focusing Capital on the Long-term (FCLT)
        

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]

This is a new initiative that the firm has joined.


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

          We hold roundtables and teach-ins for our clients and prospective clients on topics that they would like to better understand. For example, we have held such meetings on the transition to a lower carbon economy, particularly on the transformation of the Utilities industry.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          The Generation Foundation provides select grants to support research, to develop the field, and to engage with the local community.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          The Generation Foundation has collaborated with a number of organisations, including UNEP FI on Fiduciary Duty, Ecofys on carbon pricing, and KKS Advisors on a number of topics related to sustainable investing.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Generation’s Senior Partner, David Blood, sits on the Board of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).  Since its launch in 2015, the TCFD has been developing a framework for companies across different sectors to provide consistent information about climate-related financial risks and opportunities. In September 2018, the first Status Report was published.  We will continue our support in 2020 and are working on how we can apply its reporting framework to our own business.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Members of our senior leadership team regularly speak at events, conferences and universities on the topic of responsible investment.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          The firm has written Investment Insight Pieces on particular topics of our internal research. Recent topics include ESG data and the carbon footprint of ecommerce.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          We have chaired the working group related to sustainable palm oil for a number of years.
        

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]

The firm produces an annual Sustainability Trends Report as a way to demonstrate the commercial progress across industries towards a more sustainable economy. 


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

          Engagement and advocacy - please see 11.4 comments
        

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.

Generation engages with dialogue with policymakers and regulators in collaboration and directly on a select few key initiatives related to the advancement of a more sustainable economic system.  In addition to our advocacy in the form of our annual ‘Sustainable Trends Report’ and the sustainability research insights prepared by our Director of Sustainability Insights, GIM has been involved in the development and adoption of TCFD reporting; promoting portfolio alignment reporting in partnership with Mark Carney in the lead up to COP 26 and presenting GIM’s perspective on the need for urgent adoption of policies to facilitate a speedy and just transition. One example of communication to policy-makers was when GIM’s Senior Partner David Blood spoke at last year’s PRI Policy Conference on the topic of creating a legal framework for impact and requiring financial decision-makers to measure and manage the impact of their investments, highlighting that all investment has impact.

 


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