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Selection

SAM 02. Selection processes (LE and FI)

02.1. Indicate what RI-related information your organisation typically covers in the majority of selection documentation for your external managers

Your organisation’s investment strategy and how ESG objectives relate to it

ESG incorporation requirements

ESG reporting requirements

Other

No RI information covered in the selection documentation

Private equity
Your organisation’s investment strategy and how ESG objectives relate to it
ESG incorporation requirements
ESG reporting requirements
Other
No RI information covered in the selection documentation

02.2. Explain how your organisation evaluates the investment manager’s ability to align between your investment strategy and their investment approach

Strategy

Assess the time horizon of the investment manager’s offering vs. your/beneficiaries’ requirements

Assess the quality of investment policy and its references to ESG

Assess the investment approach and how ESG objectives are implemented in the investment process

Review the manager’s firm-level vs. product-level approach to RI

Assess the ESG definitions to be used

Other

None of the above

Private equity
Assess the time horizon of the investment manager’s offering vs. your/beneficiaries’ requirements
Assess the quality of investment policy and its reference to ESG
Assess the investment approach and how ESG objectives are implemented in the investment process
Review the manager’s firm-level vs. product-level approach to RI
Assess the ESG definitions to be used
Other
None of the above

ESG people/oversight

Assess ESG expertise of investment teams

Review the oversight and responsibilities of ESG implementation

Review how ESG implementation is incentivised

Review the manager’s RI-promotion efforts and engagement with the industry

Other

None of the above

Private equity
Assess ESG expertise of investment teams
Review the oversight and responsibilities of ESG implementation
Review how is ESG implementation enforced /ensured
Review the manager’s RI-promotion efforts and engagement with the industry
Other
None of the above

Process/portfolio construction/investment valuation

Review the process for ensuring the quality of the ESG data used

Review and agree the use of ESG data in the investment decision making process

Review and agree the impact of ESG analysis on investment decisions

Review and agree ESG objectives (e.g. risk reduction, return seeking, real-world impact)

Review and agree manager’s ESG risk framework

Review and agree ESG risk limits at athe portfolio level (portfolio construction) and other ESG objectives

Review how ESG materiality is evaluated by the manager

Review process for defining and communicating on ESG incidents

Review and agree ESG reporting frequency and detail

Other, specify

None of the above

Private equity
Review the process for ensuring the quality of the ESG data used
Review and agree the use of ESG data in the investment decision making process
Review and agree the impact of ESG analysis on investment decisions
Review and agree ESG objectives (e.g. risk reduction, return seeking, real-world impact)
Review and agree manager’s ESG risk framework
Review and agree ESG risk limits at athe portfolio level (portfolio construction) and other ESG objectives
Review how ESG materiality is evaluated by the manager
Review process for defining and communicating on ESG incidents
Review and agree ESG reporting frequency and detail
Other, specify
None of the above

02.3. Indicate the selection process and its ESG/RI components

02.4. When selecting external managers does your organisation set any of the following:

ESG performance development targets

ESG score

ESG weight

Real economy influence

Other RI considerations

None of the above

Private equity
ESG performance development targets
ESG score
ESG weight
Real world economy targets
Other RI considerations
None of the above

You selected an `Other` option in table SAM 02.4 above, please specify

Other RI considerations includes proportion of diversity/women/minority at management ownership level.  Also, monitoring talent attraction & retention, and potential negative social and environmental impacts.

JPMorgan Asset Management - Private Equity Group ("PEG") encourages all managers with which it invests to advance the principles of sustainability investing in a practical manner consistent with return objectives and fiduciary duties, which include:

-considering environmental, public health, safety and social issues and their impact on investment returns

-positively impacting communities, including, for example, promotion of health, wellness, and advancement

-using governance structures that provide effective management, including in the areas of audit, risk management, and potential conflicts of interest

-implementing procedures and processes to ensure compliance with laws and to prohibit bribery, inducements and other improper payments or non-competitive behavior

-promoting and protecting human and social rights, including confirming that underlying portfolio companies comply with labor laws and do not maintain discriminatory policies or engage in illegal work practices

02.5. Describe how the ESG information reviewed and discussed affects the selection decision making process.[OPTIONAL]

          The materiality of ESG factors is defined through a consistent set of questions discussed with all managers and documented in the PEG investment memos used for underwriting of investments.  Based on the responses, and discussion within the PEG, in connection with all relevant underwriting factors, this could change the outlook of the risk/reward of a target and outcome of whether or not we proceed with the external manager. 

PEG integrates ESG considerations into an investment process through a practical implementation method to ensure that investment process is clear and consistent with the portfolio's investment objectives. This includes developing guidelines and an approach which are adaptable to market conditions, portfolio construction and investment opportunities, and these considerations are reflected in regular reports.
        

SAM 03. Evaluating engagement and voting practices in manager selection (listed equity/fixed income) (Not Applicable)


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