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(A) Implementation: Screening

LEI 04. Types of screening applied

04.1. Indicate and describe the type of screening you apply to your internally managed active listed equities.

Type of screening

Screened by

Description

1) The Jupiter Global SICAV Fund may not invest in any company involved in the production of cluster munitions. This is also applied to our internally managed equity assets. 

2) In addition, our Environmental and Responsible thematic funds are subject to screens to ensure that they avoid investments in activities and products that include manufacturing of armaments, alcoholic drinks or tobacco products; publication of pornographic material; generation of nuclear power; and operation of gambling facilities and services.

Screened by

Description

The strategy is focused on seven, Taxonomy-aligned sustainable solution investment themes: Circular Economy, Clean Energy, Water, Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Agriculture, Nutrition & Health and Environmental Services.

Screened by

Description

We monitor our portfolios for involvement in controversial business activities and potential ethical controversies, including violations of global norms including the UN Global Compact Principles. We subscribe to RepRisk, a specialist ESG research provider which uses news and third-party public sources to identify potential issues. The tool is used by fund managers and the GS team to identify potential issues which can then drive company engagement or other investment decisions, such as potentially exiting our position. 

04.2. Describe how you notify clients and/or beneficiaries when changes are made to your screening criteria.

We will notify institutional clients that the screening criteria is under review and there is likely to be change. We think it is important to communicate the possibility of change at the earliest opportunity and not simply wait for the outcome.  We will also endeavour to articulate reasons behind the potential change, for instance evolution of industry best practice. If a change is enacted, then we will communicate this through our various client channels.


LEI 05. Processes to ensure screening is based on robust analysis

05.1. Indicate which processes your organisation uses to ensure ESG screening is based on robust analysis.

05.2. Indicate the proportion of your actively managed listed equity portfolio that is subject to comprehensive ESG research as part your ESG screening strategy.

05.3. Indicate how frequently third party ESG ratings are updated for screening purposes.

05.4. Indicate how frequently you review internal research that builds your ESG screens.

05.5. Additional information. [Optional]

Screening is based both on desk-based research and company  engagement activities. Company reports are reviewed to determine company activities. For the screened environmental thematic funds, any company that derives over 10% of its turnover from any one of these activities will not be invested in:

  1. Companies that manufacture or sell armaments. Although armaments may be used for self-defence or peace keeping, it is frequently difficult to determine their final use, so we avoid companies with involvement in this area.
  2. Alcoholic drinks: Companies that manufacture or sell alcoholic drinks, on account of the problems caused by alcohol abuse, ranging from ill health to domestic violence to road accidents.
  3. Companies that manufacture or sell tobacco products, due to the health problems associated with smoking.
  4. Companies that publish, print or distribute pornography, including on the internet, due to links with sexual discrimination and concerns over its corrupting influence on behaviour.
  5. Nuclear power: Companies that generate nuclear power or build nuclear power plants, on account of the continued risks from accidental discharges of radioactive substances and problems with the disposal of nuclear waste.
  6. Companies that operate betting or gambling facilities, due to concerns over the potentially addictive nature of gambling and its consequent impact upon the individual and their family, particularly those in lower income groups. 

In addition, we avoid companies that conduct or commission animal testing for cosmetic or toiletry purposes.  We also pay particular attention to issues such as sustainable sourcing of food and biotechnologies.

As an extra level of assurance, ESG profile including details of revenue from different  company activities are source from research provider Sustainalytics.


LEI 06. Processes to ensure fund criteria are not breached

06.1. Indicate which processes your organisation uses to ensure fund criteria are not breached.

06.2. If breaches of fund screening criteria are identified, describe the process followed to correct those breaches.

If an investee company fails an assessment while it is actually held in the portfolio, the fund manager is obliged to sell the holding at the earliest opportunity that is in the best interest of the investors, at most within three months. Removals from the Approved List and divestments form part of the review process undertaken by Jupiter's Compliance Department.

This information will also be transferred to the Stewardship Committee.

06.3. Additional information. [Optional]


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