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KBI Global Investors

PRI reporting framework 2020

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SG 18. Innovative features of approach to RI

18.1. Indicate whether any specific features of your approach to responsible investment are particularly innovative.

18.2. Describe any specific features of your approach to responsible investment that you believe are particularly innovative.

Our innovative culture and specialist expertise in environmental investing are hallmarks of a unique, robust investment process refined over the past two decades. When combined with the intellectual capital of our investment professionals and our network of relationships built over the past 20 years, we are well positioned to identify quality investment opportunities and deliver performance for our clients through investment in companies that are providing solutions to dominant sustainability challenges:

First Mover and Innovator in Natural Resource Investing.

One of our principal goals as an investment firm is to be first to market with value-adding investment themes of the future. In 2000, we were among the early investors to recognize the inherent source of alpha from investing in solutions to water scarcity and the provision of renewable sources of energy, resulting in our being one of the first firms globally to launch Water and Alternative Energy strategy/funds. Our continued focus on secular investment themes resulted in our being among the first firms to launch an Agribusiness strategy (2008, now incorpoated as part of out Global Natural Resources strategy).   In 2017, we launched a highly innovative strategy, i.e. our Sustainable Infrastructure strategy, which invests in sustainable infrastructure in the area of water, clean energy and food.

Integration of ESG factors into all Global Equity Strategies; since 2014 we have integrated ESG factors into the investment process for all of our Global Equity strategies.

Impact measurement: measuring alignment with Sustainable Development Goals: We publish the results of our first assessment of the alignment of several key equity portfolios with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), using an innovative quantitative methodology.