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Letko, Brosseau & Associates Inc.

PRI reporting framework 2020

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ESG incorporation in actively managed fixed income

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
0 Screening alone
0 Thematic alone
100 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%

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

ESG considerations are integrated throughout our investment selection process as part of the fundamental analysis we conduct on all potential investments, including fixed income investments. We believe that sound business practices, including strong corporate governance and responsible management of material environmental and social issues deliver stronger financial performance over time. Conversely, poor environmental, social or corporate governance practices present risks and controversies that may hinder financial performance. Across asset classes, our industry experts investigate ESG risks and opportunities through our in-house research process, which is complemented by independent third-party research. Conclusions are integrated into the investment decision-making process. 

01.3. Additional information [Optional].


FI 02. ESG issues and issuer research (Private)


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]


(C) Implementation: Integration

FI 10. Integration overview

10.1. Describe your approach to integrating ESG into traditional financial analysis.

ESG considerations are integrated throughout our investment selection process as part of the fundamental analysis we conduct on all potential investments. We believe that sound business practices, including strong corporate governance and responsible management of material environmental and social issues, lead to stronger financial performance over time. Conversely, poor environmental, social or corporate governance practices present risks and controversies which may hinder financial performance. Our industry experts investigate these ESG risks and opportunities through our in-house research process, which is complemented by independent third-party research. Conclusions are integrated into the investment decision-making process. 

10.2. Describe how your ESG integration approach is adapted to each of the different types of fixed income you invest in.

SSA

Regarding ESG integration for SSA, we meet with federal and/or provincial treasurers, often at conferences. We make inquiries as to their spending and fundraising plans, with environmental and social issues forming part of the discussion. LBA makes an effort to ask questions on the topic of green and social bonds etc., hoping to raise awareness of and demand for sustainable finance products.

10.3. Additional information [OPTIONAL]


FI 11. Integration - ESG information in investment processes

11.1. Indicate how ESG information is typically used as part of your investment process.

Select all that apply
SSA
ESG analysis is integrated into fundamental analysis
ESG analysis is used to adjust the internal credit assessments of issuers.
ESG analysis is used to adjust forecasted financials and future cash flow estimates.
ESG analysis impacts the ranking of an issuer relative to a chosen peer group.
An issuer`s ESG bond spreads and its relative value versus its sector peers are analysed to find out if all risks are priced in.
The impact of ESG analysis on bonds of an issuer with different durations/maturities are analysed.
Sensitivity analysis and scenario analysis are applied to valuation models to compare the difference between base-case and ESG-integrated security valuation.
ESG analysis is integrated into portfolio weighting decisions.
Companies, sectors, countries and currency and monitored for changes in ESG exposure and for breaches of risk limits.
The ESG profile of portfolios is examined for securities with high ESG risks and assessed relative to the ESG profile of a benchmark.
Other, specify in Additional Information

11.2. Additional information [OPTIONAL]


FI 12. Integration - E,S and G issues reviewed

12.1. Indicate the extent to which ESG issues are reviewed in your integration process.

Environment
Social
Governance
SSA

Environmental

Social

Governance

12.2. Please provide more detail on how you review E, S and/or G factors in your integration process.

SSA

As with all asset classes at LBA, ESG factors are integrated into the investment process. For SSAs in particular, we meet with Canadian federal and/or provincial treasurers, often at conferences. LBA's only exposure to SSAs is in Canada, which is recognized as a diversified and stable economy, rich in natural resources and low risk in terms of governmental and legal systems. However, we are aware of the increased sensitivities and dependencies of certain provinces in Canada in terms of natural resource production.

In meetings with federal and/or provincial treasurers, we make inquiries as to their spending and fundraising plans, with environmental and social issues forming part of the discussion. LBA makes an effort to ask questions on the topic of green and social bonds etc., hoping to raise awareness of and demand for sustainable finance products.  

12.3. Additional information.[OPTIONAL]


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