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First Sentier Investors (including First State Investments)

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]

Sovereign Bond Working Group  - Active Member

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]

We are members and have been involved in collaborative engagements policy advocacy.

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]

We are a supporting investor for two target Australian domiciled companies.

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]

In 2019 our Global Direct Infrastructure Fund made a submission to GRESB Infrastructure for a manager assessment; the fund received a GRESB Score of 88/100 and was ranked 13th out of 107 peers. Some of our investee companies participate in GRESB Infrastructure as asset owners, including for example, Adelaide Airport, which is a Sector Leader in global airports.

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]

Member of management committee, chair of investor disclosure working group.

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]

Member of Business Reporting Leaders Forum Australia

          UKSIF, Eurosif, RIAA, UK 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]

Deputy Chairman RIAA, Board member UKSIF, President EUROSIF, Governance Committee RIAA.

Investment Association (UK) - Sustainability & Responsible Investment Committee & Working Group Chair

FTSE/Russell - Sustainable Investment Advisory Committee member, Expert Panel Member, Accounting for Sustainability, ICAEW Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committees.

          Cambridge University (UK) - Investment Leaders Group
        

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]

Financial contributor and Chair of Working Group.

          Accounting for Sustainability
        

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]

Expert Panel Member

          Investment Association (UK)
        

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]

Chair of Standards and Definitions Working Group, Chair of Labelling Working Group

          Financial Services Council (Australia),
        

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]

Member of ESG Committee. Member of Investment Committee. Member of Diversity Committee.


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

          Member of Cambridge University'’s Responsible Investment Leaders Group. Also provide in kind support and training to research students at Nottingham University Business School’s Responsible & Sustainable Business Lab, Nottingham University International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility and the Cambridge University Centre for Sustainability Leadership’s MSc program.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          In 2019 we supervised a student who was undertaking a project assessing the impact of sustainability fund rating systems as part of his Masters in Sustainability at Cambridge University’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          IGCC - Chaired investor disclosure working group which issued TCFD aligned guidance  for investor disclosure.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Spoke at a range of conferences and forums including in relation to integrated reporting, corporate governance, and responsible investment events in Australia, Europe, USA and Asia
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Have written pieces for a variety of publications and our own website/clients.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Investment Association (UK) – Sustainability & Responsible Investment Committee & Working Group Chair
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Have written pieces for a variety of publications in Australian, Asia and Europe.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Member of the Fixed Income Sovereign Bond Working Group - Joanna Woods
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          President EUROSIF, Board Member RIAA, Governance Committee RIAA, Member 30% Club Australia, Women in Sustainable Finance Australia
        

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]

Expert Panel Member – Accounting for Sustainability (A4S)

ICAEW – Corporate Governance Committee Member

ICAEW - Sustainability Committee Member

Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative - Technical Working Group Member

 


SG 11. Dialogue with public policy makers or standard setters

11.1. Indicate if your organisation - individually or in collaboration with others - conducted dialogue with public policy makers or regulators in support of responsible investment in the reporting year.

If yes

11.2. Select the methods you have used.

11.3. Where you have made written submissions (individually or collaboratively) to governments and regulatory authorities, indicate if these are publicly available.

provide URL
provide URL

11.4. Provide a brief description of the main topics your organisation has engaged with public policy-makers or regulators on.

In 2019 we contributed directly to or supported a series of policy advocacy activities. One example includes the PRI’s submission to the US Securities and Exchange Commission on shareholder rights and proxy voting advice., another was the revisions proposed by the FRC to the UK Stewardship Code.


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