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Mercy

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]

Mercy Investment Team strives to participate as much as we can as a signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investment. Ways that Mercy Investment Team gets involved in the initiative include:

  • Signing on to the PRI letter opposing SEC changes to shareholder rights
  • Participating and researching on topics addressed on the PRI Collaboration Platform 
  • PRI Board Voting 

 

          Mercy participates in the St. Louis Responsible Investment Collaborative
        

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]

We attend events put on by RIC and promote the events to our peers. 


SG 09.2. Assets managed by PRI signatories

Indicate approximately what percentage (+/- 5%) of your externally managed assets under management are managed by PRI signatories.

28 %

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

          Provide ESG education for senior leaders at Mercy on a quarterly basis and engage in ESG discussion with managers on a frequent basis. Whenever any team member attends an ESG forum, seminar, or conference, that team member presents the key takeaways from the event to the rest of the team during weekly meeting. In addition, we had Christine Pishko, our PRI representative, present on trends and initiatives of the PRI at our quarterly SRI committee meeting. We also actively share our ESG questionnaire with peers and conduct calls with them to share our experience and provide ideas.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Mercy participated in a case study for the first ESG textbook for academia.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          The Mercy Investment team members frequently present and moderate at ESG themed conferences and events.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          During manager due diligence with both existing and potential managers, we ask the managers questions surrounding ESG awareness, goals, and progress made. For managers without ESG policy or currently are not doing anything regarding ESG, we try to gently nudge them to consider the importance of having a discussion or written document surrounding how the manager's firm handle environmental, social, and governance conflicts when they arise. We also share with managers how we implement and execute ESG considerations both externally through manager due diligence and internally within Mercy. For example, a MLP manager hired a third-party ESG vendor because we stated the importance ESG plays for our organization.
        

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]

In order to promote responsible investment, Mercy is a firm believer in "doing what we are asking others to do."

While as ask managers questions surrounding how they handle the environmental, social and governance related issues, we are fully aware that we too have roles and responsibility in promoting responsible investment.

Besides due diligence questionnaire, PRI collaboration initiatives, engaging with managers through conversations on the importance of ESG implementation, Mercy strives to fulfil and address each of Mercy's critical concerns even outside of the portfolio.

  • Human Dignity: Mercy Investment Team volunteered at St. Patrick's Shelter, participated in Adopt-A-Family annually, organized annual fundraiser to benefit various Mercy Ministries, and attended public speaking engagements to encourage others to consider ESG, especially opportunities to publicly support Diversity& Inclusion; Mercy investment staff has also engaged with Mercy’s Diversity & Inclusion Director, Lathon Ferguson, to learn and support our internal efforts in diversity. 
  • Non-Violence: Mercy Investment Team researched and provided education to the SRI committee around shareholder collaborations related to non-violence
  • Stewarding the earth's resources: Mercy Investment Team has gone "paperless" by requesting investment managers to send soft copy materials in advance of all meetings and by using iPad to reduce printing materials; Mercy firm-wide distributed water tumbler to every employee to reduce plastic bottle waste;
  • Advancing quality healthcare: Currently, Mercy Investment Team is planning a team-building healthy activity challenge.

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.

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

SEC proposals regarding shareholder rights. 


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