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Matarin Capital Management (Delisted)

PRI reporting framework 2020

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Engagement

LEA 02. Reasoning for interaction on ESG issues

Indicate the method of engagement, giving reasons for the interaction.

Type of engagement

Reason for interaction

Individual / Internal staff engagements
Collaborative engagements
Service provider engagements

02.2. Indicate whether your organisation plays a role in the engagement process that your service provider conducts.

02.3. Indicate the role(s) you play in engagements that your service provider conducts on your behalf.

02.4. Additional information. [Optional]

Among the broader ESG community including think tanks and asset owners, we have engaged in a meaningful way via panel and speaking engagements on topics related to sustainability and climate. You will find a list of these engagements earlier in this application.  We have also addressed the issue of carbon and other environmental issues specifically with other with asset owners around the world to help develop a cohesive response to the climate issue.  We believe we have been successful in widening the sphere of interested and concerned investors, educating them about what the critical issues are, and helping build a coalition to tackle this challenge as a group..

Additionally, at Matarin, we are very focused on our own social responsibility and impact as well. Key areas of focus for our team are:

  • A focus on team diversity as a driver of success - as Matarin is a woman- and minority-owned business
  • Promoting best practices for our industry in terms of integrity and fairness - for example at Matarin we have policies focused on fair fees, restricted political contributions, no soft dollars, and nurturing a culture of stewardship
  • Community engagement through volunteerism in the fields of responsible investment, youth and education, women's entrepreneurship, and diversity in asset management.

LEA 03. Process for identifying and prioritising engagement activities

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

03.1. Indicate whether your organisation has a formal process for identifying and prioritising engagements.

Indicate the criteria used to identify and prioritise engagements for each type of engagement.
Type of engagement
Criteria used to identify/prioritise engagements
Individual / Internal staff engagements

Individual / Internal staff engagements

Collaborative engagements

Collaborative engagements

Service-provider engagements

Service-provider engagements

03.3. Additional information. [Optional]

As quantitative investors, it is not our practice to engage directly with managements on strategic or financial issues. We believe the numbers tell the story. So, our engagement platform is focused on data, both with non-disclosers and poor quality in disclosed ESG data.

In our investment process, we use also data collected by Sustainalytics and CDP, and we will engage with these service providers about the quality of their data, if we see any issues.  We believe that this is an additional way of improving the overall ecosystem for responsible investment.

We are also very activist in the sense that we regularly give speeches, as well as engage with asset owners and though leaders one on one, in private settings and at public gatherings on topics related to ESG integration, how to use their investment power to influence what companies actually do, and to attempt to find solutions to some of the very vexing problems faced by the world at large.

 


LEA 04. Objectives for engagement activities

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Indicate whether you define specific objectives for your organisation’s engagement activities.
Individual / Internal staff engagements
Collaborative engagements
Service-provider engagements

04.2. Additional information. [Optional]

While we are a quantitative investor and don't have an expansive platform for engaging companies actively, we engage with companies about ESG in the same way that we engage with them about traditional financial issues – that is with a focus on their data and reporting. 

This is not only for the individual companies in which we may invest, but also with the data providers with whom we have partnered – both for traditional and ESG data.

We have also used our investment platform and our relationships with large asset owners to advocate and educate around many other ESG issues.

 We have focused a fair bit of our time in the past decade on issues related to diversity and inclusion, as Matarin is a women owned firm and we have had a lot of opportunities to talk about the importance of understanding these social issues.


LEA 05. Process for identifying and prioritising collaborative engagement

Indicate whether you monitor and/or review engagement outcomes.
Individual / Internal staff engagements
Collaborative engagements
Service-provider engagements
Indicate whether you do any of the following to monitor and/or review the progress of engagement activities.
Individual / Internal staff engagements
Collaborative engagements
Service-provider engagements

05.3. Additional information. [Optional]

One of the many ways we are trying to have an impact is to help thought leaders, particularly in the area of climate, to find ways to measure and manage their portfolios’ intensity. We do this through one-on-one as well as collaborative initiatives.


LEA 06. Role in engagement process

06.1. Indicate whether your organisation has an escalation strategy when engagements are unsuccessful.

06.3. Additional information. [Optional]


LEA 07. Share insights from engagements with internal/external managers (Private)


LEA 08. Tracking number of engagements

08.1. Indicate whether you track the number of your engagement activities.

Type of engagement
Tracking engagements
Individual/Internal staff engagements​

Collaborative engagements

Service-provider engagements

08.2. Additional information. [Optional]

Yes. in addition to engaging with our portoflio comanies, Matarin's engagement policy is also focused on industry level advocacy.  Matarin was involved in, cited or wrote the following related to sustainable investment:

  • CGTN America Sustainable, Long Term Investing  10.18.19
  • Thomson Reuters  The Patience Premium 3.27.19
  • CNBC Sustainable Investing and Getting Paid to Wait 4.22.19
  • CNBC  Long Term Investors Should Consider a Company’s Social Impact 1.23.19
  • Fortune  Does Impact Investing Have a Data Problem?  10.8.18
  • Columbia Buisness School  Integrity in Investing?  10.21.16
  • Institutional Investor  Women Still Struggle to Break Into Hedge Funds  6.10.16
  • The Milken Institute, 23rd Annual Global Conference, Featured Speaker 5.3.20
  • Wall Street Journal, Women in Finance, Leading Investment and Impacting Roles, Panelist 3.19.20
  • The Garrison Institute, Regenerative Economics and Impact Investing, Lead Speaker, 3.5.20
  • CleanTechIQ, Integrating Social Impact Themes & UN SDG Reporting, Investors, Panelist, 2.26.20
  • Institutional Portfolio Princeton Summit, Corporate Governance & ESG, Panelist, 2.4.20
  • Managed Funds Association (MFA), Optimizing Partnerships in ESG and SRI, Panelist, 1.29.20
  • Davos, Feminine Quotient, Modelling Responsibility In The Supply Chain, Panelist, 1.21.20
  • Responsible Investor Americas, The Cleaning up of Dirty Fossil Fuels in North America, Panelist, 12.5.19
  • NAIC Annual Conference, Diversity in Asset Management, Panel Moderator, 10.24.19
  • CFA Society of New York Podcast, What ESG and Climate Mean to Portfolios, 10.22.19
  • Labaton Sucharow, Women-Led Investment Firms, Panelist, 9.27.19
  • Bloomberg Global Business Forum, ESG Integration Interview, 9.25.19
  • World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Summit, ESG Materiality Panel, 9.24.19
  • United Nations Closing the SDG Investment Gap, Patience Premium Presentation, 9.22.19
  • Financial Times Future of Asset Management Summit, Moral Money: Investment and Activism, 9.18.19
  • CFA Society of South Africa Webinar, The Patience Premium, 7.31.19
  • World Economic Forum, Young Global Leader Advisory Board, Patience Premium Presentation, 6.30.19
  • Robert Wood Johnson/CECP Investors Forum, The Patience Premium, 6.19.19
  • U.S. Congressional Testimony to House Financial Services Subcommittee, ESG Disclosures, 5.15.19
  • S&P Video Interview, “Does Patience Pay?”, 4.23.19
  • CNBC Halftime Report, Earth Day, 4.22.19
  • CNBC Op-Ed, “Patient Investors Can Capitalize on Mispricing”, 4.22.19
  • Oxford University Ownership Project, The Patience Premium, 2.23.19
  • Davos, World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Supply Chain Traceability Moderator, 1.24.19
  • Davos, CNBC Squawk Box, 1.24.19
  • Davos, UBS ‘Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, 1.23.19
  • Davos, United Nations Global Sustainability Index Institute Presentation, 1.21.19
  • CFA Institute, Let's Measure Up Campaign, ESG & Cognitive Diversity, Q4’18-Present
  • Fortune’s Most Powerful Women International, “The Rise of the Responsible Corporation”, 11.6.18
  • World Economic Forum, Young Global Leaders "Big Ideas", The Patience Premium, 10.11.18
  • United Nations Headquarters, Impact 2030 Summit Opening Address, 9.7.18
  • CFA Financial Analysts Seminar Keynote, Patience Premium and Behavioral Investing, 7.24.18
  • Karma Networks - Timeless Capital Interview, Behavioral Alpha & The Patience Premium, 7.13.18
  • Matarin Quarterly Newsletter, “No Woman Do Cry”, Q3’18
  • Yale / Commonfund Endowment Institute Lecture, ESG & The Patience Premium, 6.29.18
  • CFA Society of Portland Keynote, Market Outlook & The Patience Premium, 6.19.2018
  • Bloomberg Financial Journalism Program, Diversity and Responsibility in Financial Services, 5.17.18
  • Garrison Institute Summit on Regenerative Capitalism, The Patience Premium, 4.18.18
  • Columbia 15Yr Reunion, Diversity, Corporate Responsibility & The Patience Premium, April 2018
  • BC Center for Corporate Citizenship Conference, ESG & Patience Premium, Los Angeles, April 2018
  • NAIC Perspective Interview, Diversity in Financial Services, 4.4.18  
  • Commonfund Forum, Global Investing & The Patience Premium, March 2018
  • United Nations Sustainable Investment Summit, SDG Financing & The Patience Premium, 2.28.18
  • United Nations Presentation for 70 UN Ambassadors, SDG Financing & The Patience Premium, 2.23.18
  • CFA Society of Seattle Annual Dinner Keynote, Market Outlook & The Patience Premium, 1.25.18
  • New York Stock Exchange, CFA Institute Panel on ESG Investing, 11.10.17
  • World Economic Forum YGL Impact Lab Pitch Competition, The Matarin / S&P Long-Term Index, 10.18.17
  • Toigo Foundation / Commonfund Panel on Diversity in Asset Management, 9.27.17
  • Congressional Black Caucus, Hosted by Senator Cory Booker, Diversity in Asset Management, 9.20.17

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