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Vancity Investment Management

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]

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]

As a signatory, lead engaging with portfolio companies to encourage reporting.

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]

Directly engaging with companies to encourage their participation in reporting to this initiative.

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]

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]

Signatory

          Responsible Investment Association
        

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]

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]

Consultation on model proxy voting guidelines, reporting through shareholder resolution database, utilization of proxy voting services.

          Bangladesh Investor Initiative
        

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]

We participate in targeted campaigns focused on specific companies we hold. We also participate in collaborative campaigns with other investors.

          Access to Medicine Index
        

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]

Collaborative engagement and lead investor for specific companies.

          World Benchmarking Alliance
        

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]

VCIM became a member of the World Benchmarking Alliance, a global network comprised of public, private and civil society sectors supporting the measurement of corporate performance on the Sustainable Development Goals.  In 2019, VCIM participated in round table sessions advancing the alliance's working on its gender benchmarking.  WBA is developing the Gender Benchmark. This benchmark covers how companies contribute to SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and beyond. It assesses and compares how companies promote gender equality and women’s empowerment across their entire value chain.

          FAIRR  / Plastics Solutions Alliance  / Mine Tailings Dam Initiative /
IEHN Chemicals & Pesticides
        

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]

In 2019 VCIM also participated with FAIRR, the Plastics Solutions Alliance, Mine Tailings Dam initiative and IEHN Chemicals and Pesticides on collaborative engagement inititiatives.

VCIM participated on three collaborative intiatives via the FAIRR organization:  Sustinable Proteins, Anti-microbial resistance, and the FAIRR/CERES climate, water, meat sourcing initiative.  VCIM acted as a lead on one of the target company campaigns. 

Via the Plastics Solutions Alliance, VCIM co-engaed with a global retail food and beverage operations on its management of waste and plastics.

Via the Mine tailings Dam initiatve, VCIM engageed companies on mine tailings risk management.

Via the IEHN Chemical and Pesticides VCIM engaged 4 mutli national comapnies on its use of toxic pesticides in supply chain management. 

 


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

          Provide internal training with all new managers as a component of orientation.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Participated in panels and presentations as an ESG expert and to promote the value of responsible investment.  Panels include local associations with university audience, community presentations.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          ESG Manager wrote and distributed a quarterly newsletter on responsible investment activities, ESG risks, and engagement,.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Participated in articles for Responsible Investment Guide published as a national newspaper insert
        

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]


SG 11. Dialogue with public policy makers or standard setters (Private)


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