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Dimensional Fund Advisors

PRI reporting framework 2020

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SG 07. RI roles and responsibilities

07.1. Indicate the internal and/or external roles used by your organisation, and indicate for each whether they have oversight and/or implementation responsibilities for responsible investment.


Select from the below internal roles

          Portfolio Management, Compliance, Legal, Research

Other description (1)

          Research staff

Other description (2)

          Head of Responsible Investment

07.2. For the roles for which you have RI oversight/accountability or implementation responsibilities, indicate how you execute these responsibilities.

In 2019, Dimensional established a new role – Head of Responsible Investment – to coordinate all responsible investment activities across our Research, Portfolio Management, Investment Stewardship, Investment Solutions, and Global Client Group teams. The scope of this role also includes monitoring ESG developments, particularly those involving disclosure and reporting, such as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The team is also involved in the firm's adherence efforts with respect to evolving ESG regulation, particularly in the European Union.

The Head of Responsible Investment provides feedback and information to our Research team and Portfolio Management teams as well as to our Co-CEOs and Chief Investment Officer. This helps shape Dimensional's ESG research agenda as well as the agenda for how to further enhance the integration of ESG considerations into our daily investment process, including but not limited to the expansion and refinement of ESG data sources, enhanced systematic processes to prioritize company engagements, and buy/sell decisions.

The Investment Stewardship Committee, a sub-committee of Dimensional Fund Advisors LP’s Investment Committee, is responsible for ensuring that investment stewardship activities are conducted in line with the Responsible Investment Policy. The Committee, which includes senior executives of the firm along with respected academics, meets quarterly and reviews qualitative and quantitative data relating to proxy voting, engagements and other stewardship activities.

The Research team works closely with Portfolio Management to ensure that timely and accurate ESG data is available for the Portfolio Management team to use in its daily implementation process.  In addition, the Research team conducts its own research on the relation between ESG variables and expected returns.

The Portfolio Management team implements ESG within its portfolios on a daily basis, including all equity portfolios generally and also applying additional focus for social and sustainability strategies.


07.3. Indicate the number of dedicated responsible investment staff your organisation has.

5 Number

07.4. Additional information. [Optional]

In addition to the Investment Stewardship Committee and Investment Stewardship group, portfolio managers and investment staff in the US, Sydney, London, Singapore, and Tokyo assist with engagement and voting activities. Dimensional's Head of Responsible Investment is responsible for overseeing ESG integration throughout the portfolio management process. 

The Investment Stewardship Committee includes the Co-CEO, Executive Chairman, two outside directors of the firm, the Chief Compliance Officer, the Head of Investment Stewardship, and senior members of Portfolio Management. Dimensional's Head of Responsible Investment is an ex officio member of the Committee. 

SG 07 CC. Climate-issues roles and responsibilities (Private)

SG 08. RI in performance management, reward and/or personal development (Private)