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Implementation processes

FI 01. Incorporation strategies applied

Indicate (1) Which ESG incorporation strategy and/or combination of strategies you apply to your actively managed fixed income investments; and (2) The proportion (+/- 5%) of your total actively managed fixed income investments each strategy applies to.
SSA
100 Screening alone
0 Thematic alone
0 Integration alone
0 Screening + integration strategies
0 Thematic + integration strategies
0 Screening + thematic strategies
0 All three strategies combined
0 No incorporation strategies applied
100%
Corporate (financial)
0 Screening alone
5 Thematic alone
0 Integration alone
95 Screening + integration strategies
0 Thematic + integration strategies
0 Screening + thematic strategies
0 All three strategies combined
0 No incorporation strategies applied
100%

01.2. Describe your reasons for choosing a particular ESG incorporation strategy and how combinations of strategies are used.

Screening: Storebrand has chosen a comprehensive screening approach that covers all fixed income investments to reduce the risk of being involved in or supporting unethical/irresponsible business practices. See explanation below for corporate and sovereign bonds

Thematic: Storebrand has developed a market leading approach to investments in Green Bonds to enable our clients to invest in climate/social solutions. A European first Green Bond fund was launched in Sweden in March 2015. In addition other Fixed Income strategies also include investments in Green Bonds where this is possible. As of 31.12.2019 Storebrand has 12.4 billion NOK invested in Green Bonds, or 3.1% of total fixed income investments

Integration: The Sustainable Investment team has, together with portfolio managers identified risk based issues that are most relevant to global bond markets. As a result, tailored corruption analyses are delivered from the sustainability team to PM's. In addition Green Bonds are an integral part of the holdings of many of our Fixed Income funds and are priorotised when making investment decisions.

01.3. Additional information [Optional].

Screening for Corporate Bonds

Corporate Bonds are covered by the Storebrand Standard which has been explained earlier in the equities sections.

Screening for Soveregn Bonds

Storebrand aims to invest in corporations and countries that contribute actively to sustainable development. We believe such practices – when integrated in core business – will be financially rewarded. Based on this, Storebrand will not invest in government bonds from countries that

Are systematically corrupt
Systematically suppress basic political and civil rights
Are subject to sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council

As a responsible long term investor, with a geographically diverse investment portfolio, it is in Storebrand’s interests to promote good governance, stability and the maintenance of basic political and civil rights. Therefore Storebrand’s goal is to avoid purchasing bonds from governments that are systematically corrupt, unstable and/or oppressive. To achieve this goal, Storebrand utilizes two corruption indexes, a political and civil rights index and the list of countries subject to UN Security Council sanctions. The indexes and lists chosen are issued by reliable and well respected sources, are methodically rigorous and are updated regularly.

Corruption indexes

Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), published annually since 1995, has been widely credited for putting the issue of corruption on the international policy agenda. The CPI ranks almost 200 countries in terms of perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys. These assessments and surveys include questions relating to bribery of public officials, kickbacks in public procurement, embezzlement of public funds, and questions regarding the strength and effectiveness of public sector anti-corruption efforts.  http://www.transparency.org/policy_research/surveys_indices/cpi

The World Bank Worldwide Governance Indicators; Control of Corruption Index has been published annually since 1996. The index captures perceptions of the extent to which public power is exercised for private gain, including both petty and grand forms of corruption and "capture" of the state by elites and private interests. Information to put together the index is obtained from business providers, surveys of firms and households, non-governmental organisations and public sector data providers. Exclusion criterion: Countries ranking among the 10 percent worst performers on the Transparency International CPI index and/or the World Bank Control of Corruption index will be excluded from investments at Storebrand. The 10 percent threshold includes any country with the same numerical score as the best performer of the group.

 

Political and Civil Rights Index

Freedom House Freedom in the World index has been published annually since 1972 and ranks over 200 countries and disputed territories countries according to political and civil rights and freedom. To compile the index, analysts used a broad range of sources of information, including foreign and domestic news reports, academic analyses, non-governmental organizations and visits to the region.Exclusion criterion: Countries and territories which are given the lowest rating of 7 will be excluded from investments at Storebrand. Countries are given a rating of 7 when political and civil rights are absent or virtually nonexistent and the nature of the regime is characterised by severe oppression.

UN Sanctions

Under Article 41 of the UN Charter, the UN Security Council may call upon Member States to apply measures not involving the use of armed force in order to maintain or restore international peace and security. Such measures are commonly referred to as sanctions. Current practice at the UN Security Council is to impose targeted measures aimed at removing the circumstances that have led to a threat to, or breach of, international peace and security. Exclusion criterion: Countries that are subject to sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council will be excluded from investments at Storebrand. Countries will not be excluded in cases where sanctions are targeted specifically at independent groups within a country and not at the government of the country.


FI 02. ESG issues and issuer research

02.1. Indicate which ESG factors you systematically research as part of your analysis on issuers.

Select all that apply
SSA
Corporate (financial)
Environmental data
Social data
Governance data

02.2. Indicate what format your ESG information comes in and where you typically source it

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          Publically available ESG country information. World Bank Governance indicators, Freedom In the World social indicators and Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index are examples of this.
        

02.3. Provide a brief description of the ESG information used, highlighting any differences in sources of information across your ESG incorporation strategies.

Corporate Fixed Income:

Corporate Issuers are included in Storebrand's In-house ratings system that rates over 4000 issuers on a scale of 0-100. Some issuer groups lie outside the scope of the ratings sytem (which covers MSCI_ACWI). For these issuer groups: Norwegian Regional Banks, Swedish Covered Bonds, Norwegian/Swedish communes an internal model has been developed in 2015 to estimate the rating of these groups. The estimate is based on ratings information from the Financials sector analysis.

Government Fixed Income:

Government Bonds screening is based on publically available indexes and information

- Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index

- World Bank Control of Corruption Index

- Freedom House Freedom in the World Index

- UN Sanctions list

02.4. Additional information. [Optional]


FI 03. Processes to ensure analysis is robust

03.1. Indicate how you ensure that your ESG research process is robust:

03.2. Describe how your ESG information or analysis is shared among your investment team.

03.3. Additional information. [Optional]

Both exclusion lists and ESG ratings are read into company databases quarterly and are available to all investment staff.

Formal fund review meetings are conducted annually where sustainability indicies are a central part of the discussion. Portfolio Managers are required to explain investment in poor ESG performers and the fund's overall sustainbility rating is assessed relative to peers.

ESG ratings are available also in "Asset Manager" a Front Office platform. The Sustainability team has developed an SDG materiality framework, available to fund managers which identifies the most material SDG's for investments.


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