For cluster munitions and land mines the criteria were established under our cluster munitions policy which was approved by the Global Responsible Investment Steering Group. The companies captured by the policy are reviewed annually with any changes reported in our annual responsible investment and stewardship report.
Effective 1 May 2019, our formal group wide policy excludes investment in manufacturers of cigarettes and tobacco products
For sanctioned and high risk countries we enforce country level restrictions based on the constituents of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Sanctioned Countries List and similar lists issued by Governments in other jurisdictions where our funds are domiciled. The constituents on each system are regularly reviewed and updated.
Any potential investments in companies domiciled in these countries would be rigorously screened to ensure that there is no association with any sanctioned individual, entity or regime prior to investment. No investment is possible in companies domiciled in any country on the DFAT list without clearance from Investment Compliance personnel as the system controls do not allow it.
In addition our controls include screens for any potential investment from a country deemed to be ‘very high risk’ in relation to politically exposed persons, sanctions and ultimate beneficial ownership controls. The scope of this framework will be wider than the sanctioned countries list and the countries deemed to be ‘very high risk’ are updated on a regular basis.
Please also see the following link for more information: https://www.firststateinvestments.com/global/responsible-investment/responsible-investment-reports-and-policies.html