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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.

Mercy Investment Team considers its approach to responsible investment to be innovative given our simultaneous focus of ESG implementation on external managers and within Mercy. Beside integrating ESG into our manager selection, appointment, and monitoring processes, utilizing due diligence questionnaire, PRI collaboration initiatives, public engagements, and engaging with managers through conversations on the importance of ESG implementation, Mercy strives to fulfill 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;
  • 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.

Mercy Investment Team believes that we can all seek to be a responsible investor by keeping both others and ourselves accountable for the actions we choose to do towards fulfilling those 4 Mercy values that can benefit the environment, the society, and corporate governance.