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Storebrand ASA

PRI reporting framework 2020

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Fixed income - Engagement

FI 14. Engagement overview and coverage

14.1. Indicate the proportion of your fixed income assets on which you engage. Please exclude any engagements carried out solely in your capacity as a shareholder.

Proportion of assets

14.2. Indicate your motivations for conducting engagement (SSA fixed income assets).

Corporate (financial)

14.2. Indicate your motivations for conducting engagement (Corporate, Financial fixed income assets)

14.3. Additional information.[OPTIONAL]

Storebrand engages extensively with corporates irrespective of holding a bond or an equity. Please see detailed descriptions in the Active Ownership section.

In 2019 Storebrand further developed its International voting policy through proxy provider ISS. We voted at 150+ company Annual General Meetings in 2019 on a range of Governance and ESG issues. This voting is relevant for bonds also as Storebrand Asset Management is often exposed to the same company through both bonds and equities. Storebrand utilises its own voting policy when providing instructions to ISS on how to vote. The 150 AGM's where we have voted have been selected on the basis of targeted ESG related issues, such as Climate Risk management and implementation of TCFD guidelines.


FI 15. Engagement method

New selection options have been added to this indicator. Please review your prefilled responses carefully.

15.1. Indicate how you typically engage with issuers as a fixed income investor, or as both a fixed income and listed equity investor. (Please do not include engagements where you are both a bondholder and shareholder but engage as a listed equity investor only.)

Select all that apply
Type of engagement
Corporate (financial)
Individual/Internal staff engagements
Collaborative engagements
Service provider engagements

15.2. Indicate how your organisation prioritises engagements with issuers.

Select all that apply
Corporate (financial)
Size of holdings
Credit quality of the issuer
Duration of holdings
Quality of transparency on ESG
Specific markets and/or sectors
Specific ESG themes
Issuers in the lowest ranks of ESG benchmarks
Issuers in the highest ranks of ESG benchmarks
Specific issues considered priorities for the investor based on input from clients and beneficiaries

15.3. Indicate when your organisation conducts engagements with issuers.

Select all that apply
Corporate (financial)
We engage pre-investment.
We engage post-investment.
We engage proactively in anticipation of specific ESG risks and/or opportunities.
We engage in reaction to ESG issues that have already affected the issuer.
We engage prior to ESG-related divestments.
Other, describe

15.4. Indicate what your organisation conducts engagements with issuers on.

Select all that apply
Corporate (financial)
We engage on ESG risks and opportunities affecting a specific bond issuer or its issuer.
We engage on ESG risks and opportunities affecting the entire industry or region that the issuer belongs to.
We engage on specific ESG themes across issuers and industries (e.g., human rights).
Other, describe

15.5. Indicate how your organisation ensures that information and insights collected through engagement can feed into the investment decision-making process.

Select all that apply
Corporate (financial)
Ensuring regular cross-team meetings and presentations.
Sharing engagement data across platforms that is accessible to ESG and investment teams.
Encouraging ESG and investment teams to join engagement meetings and roadshows.
Delegating some engagement dialogue to portfolio managers/credit analysts.
Involving portfolio managers when defining an engagement programme and developing engagement decisions.
Establishing mechanisms to rebalance portfolio holdings based on levels of interaction and outcomes of engagements.
Considering active ownership as a mechanism to assess potential future investments.
Other, describe
We do not ensure that information and insights collected through engagement can feed into the investment decision-making process.

15.6. Additional information.[OPTIONAL]

Proactive engagement: Specific themes are targeted for engagement that can cross sector/industry boundaries. For example engagement on climate reporting and scenario planning. The most common form of engagement here is through PRI Clearing House. See further information in the Active Ownership section.

Reactive engagement: Engagement can be initiated as a result of a specific controversy regarding Human Rights, Environmental issues or Corruption. Monthly screening means that there is a continual stream of potential cases to be prioritised.

Engagement outcomes are logged in internal systems on a scale from 1-4 where 4 represents documented change in company policy and /or practice.

Results from engagements are posted on the company homepage, as is an explanation of our engagement methodology and overarching goals.

Voting strategies and prioritised themes are also made available on the company website and outcomes are updated reguarly.


FI 16. Engagement policy disclosure

16.1. Indicate if your publicly available policy documents explicitly refer to fixed income engagement separately from engagements in relation to other asset classes.

16.3. Additional information [OPTIONAL]

Our engagement is independent of asset class. In Storebrand's opinion ESG risks are just as relevant for Fixed Income positions as for Equities holdings. Adjustments are naturally made for how material ESG issues are in relation to the duration of investments.