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Investment policy

SG 01. RI policy and coverage

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01.1. Indicate if you have an investment policy that covers your responsible investment approach.

01.2. Indicate the components/types and coverage of your policy.

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01.3. Indicate if the investment policy covers any of the following

01.4. Describe your organisation’s investment principles and overall investment strategy, interpretation of fiduciary (or equivalent) duties,and how they consider ESG factors and real economy impact.

The strategic Investment Framework of PMT exists of a chapter on the investment objectives, a chapter on Investment Principles, a chapter on Execution Principles and a chapter on Risk Management Principles.

Considerations of Responsible Investment are interwoven in the several chapters. In the Investment Objectives, PMT states in the Mission that "PMT takes care of an affordable, sustainable and solid pension for all of the participants." This resounds in the Investment Principles, where one of the principles states that "Investments can only be profitable for as much as the economy can develop in a responsible way."

In the more specific Execution Principles, PMT has her "10 Leading Principles on Responsible Investment" (see SG 01.5). 

01.5. Provide a brief description of the key elements, any variations or exceptions to your investment policy that covers your responsible investment approach. [Optional]

1. PMT seeks to generate solid and responsible investment returns. PMT will invest according to ESG criteria: Environment, Social, and Governance.

2. PMT will consider the social impact of its investment policy. PMT seeks to prevent that its policies give rise to or exacerbate social problems. Rather, PMT wants to contribute to addressing social challenges through its investments. Businesses should be aware of the impact they have on the environment, nature and biodiversity, and look for environmentally friendly processes and technologies.

3. PMT seeks to contribute to economic stability and sustainable economic growth. It expects the businesses and countries it invests in to be committed to creating economic value in the medium to long term.

4. PMT will engage with companies involved in bribery, corruption, cartels, extortion or any other form of market abuse, and will actively encourage them to abandon such activities. The same applies for companies that violate environmental standards, employment legislation, or human rights.

5. PMT will not, directly or indirectly, invest in companies that manufacture products in violation of international treaties signed by the Netherlands. Nor do we invest in countries that breach international treaties or which are on the sanctions lists of the United Nations or European Union.

6. PMT considers ESG risks when investing, where possible. If a company acts in violation of international treaties or breaches the guidelines set out in PMT's responsible investment policy, PMT will actively exercise its shareholders' rights to drive improvement. These efforts will need to produce a result at some point, or else PMT will sell its investment in the company or country in question.

7. PMT respects the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related treaties. It also subscribes to the core conventions of the International Labour Organisation of the United Nations. PMT not only promotes the freedom of association and right to collective bargaining, but also seeks to ban all forms of forced and compulsory labour, child labour, and discrimination in the workplace. PMT adheres to the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, adopted in 1992.

8. PMT wants the businesses it invests in to comply with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. These are recommendations on how businesses are expected to behave when doing - international -business in terms of corporate social responsibility. This bandwidths from human rights and child labour to taking responsibility for the entire supply chain.

9. PMT wants the businesses it invests in to have a solid corporate governance framework in place. This involves dealing responsibly with issues such as independent oversight, having appropriate pay policies, legal and regulatory compliance, having regard to the rights of (minority) shareholders, and transparent reporting.

10. PMT will make well-informed choices. In the case of any doubt or dilemma, it will make a careful and well-considered choice, based on its own responsible investment policy

PMT's policy is operationalized via four pillars: Exclusion, ESG-integration, Active Ownership (engagement, proxy voting and legal actions) and Thematic/Impact Investments. Our fiduciary manager MN (also a PRI-signatory) has a dedicated Responsible Investment& Governance team (8 members) that is responsible for all these activities.

Exclusion:PMT excludes companies that are directly involved in the development, production and/or maintenance of products and/or services that are not compliant with certain treaties and criteria, such as the Convention on cluster ammunition, Chemical Weapons Conventions and Biological and Toxin weapons Convention. In addition international treaties signed by the Dutch Government, and countries which have been sanctioned by the UN and EU are excluded. Also, PMT exludes companies that are directly involved in the production of tobacco, nucleair or civil weapons, fur, and adult entertainment.

ESG integration:PMT believes that responsible investment is first and foremost about taking ESG factors into account in all investment decisions and in selection and monitoring of external managers.

Active ownership:

PMT believes in the co-existence of financial and social return on investments. On one hand it is our aim by conducting engagement on holdings to limit the potential negative impact of business on the environment, people and society and corporate governance (ESG). On the other hand, we also aim to leverage the potential positive impact of business within these same three themes (ESG). The key-objectives for engagement are that companies acquire the ability:

To fully participate in the low-carbon economy energy transition (E);
To protect the human and labour rights of workers in the global supply chain (S);
To reward company executives according to an adequate and balanced remuneration scheme in line with the interests of (minority) shareholders (G).

MN operates on PMT's behalf on the basis of a clearly defined engagement policy. The engagement focus lies on:

  • Significant Dutch holdings;
  • Significant holdings with a Global Compact violator status (downside risk);
  • Significant holdings that present material ESG-risks within a few key sustainability themes as prioritised by PMT (thematic engagement); and
  • Significant holdings that present general high material ESG-risks (adhoc/incidents.

Thematic Investments looks at investment opportunities that are attractive both from the return point of view and from an ESG standpoint. As of 2017, PMT invests in several impact funds matching our impact themes.

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SG 01 CC. Climate risk (Private)


SG 02. Publicly available RI policy or guidance documents

 

02.1. Indicate which of your investment policy documents (if any) are publicly available. Provide a URL and an attachment of the document.

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02.2. Indicate if any of your investment policy components are publicly available. Provide URL and an attachment of the document.

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02.3. Additional information [Optional].

A lot of our documents can be found on http://www.bpmt.nl/beleggen/beleggingsbeleid, which is about our Investment Principles, Investment Strategy and approach, more specific RI policies such as RI Principles, Annual RI Report, Voting Policies (also more specific about remuneration), Exclusion Policy, etc. can be found on http://www.bpmt.nl/beleggen/verantwoord-beleggen. Our strategic investment framework states, among other things, the place of RI in our investment policies and contains statements about the horizon of our investments. Also in our newsarchive on our website (https://www.bpmt.nl/actueel/archief), in our newsletter Pensioenjournaal and in our short annual report for participants (https://www.bpmt.nl/client/bpmt/upload/downloads/PMT_VERANTWOORD_2018.pdf) several items relate to our investment strategy and investment activities.


SG 03. Conflicts of interest

03.1. Indicate if your organisation has a policy on managing potential conflicts of interest in the investment process.

03.2. Describe your policy on managing potential conflicts of interest in the investment process.

Our code of conduct contains specific rules regarding conflicts of interests for investment professionals within our organization.

03.3. Additional information. [Optional]

Our code of conduct has specific rules on conflicts of interests for investment professionals within our organisation.


SG 04. Identifying incidents occurring within portfolios (Private)


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