Describe your organisation’s investment principles and overall investment strategy, interpretation of fiduciary (or equivalent) duties,and how they consider ESG factors and real economy impact.
The analysis and assessment of ESG factors has been integrated into our investment process and investment activities under our organisation's investment principles. We have also clearly set out our aim to improve our medium to long-term investment performance and improve our social return on investment and to take on high-quality investment products which actualize ESG investing and sustainable investing.
We continually monitor external managers taking a long-term view, by holding discussions with them on a quarterly basis regarding how they are integrating ESG factors into their investment decisions and on the resulting impact on the real economy.
We have also established a proxy voting policy and encourage external managers to take up initiatives independently aimed at "improving corporate value and sustainable growth" as part of their engagement activities.
Provide a brief description of the key elements, any variations or exceptions to your investment policy that covers your responsible investment approach. [Optional]
In terms of responsible investment, we have adopted an investment policy which is consistent with Sophia University's educational Ideals (which is; as a higher education institution following the principle of Christian spirit, to educate students in advanced academic research and develop "Men and Women for Others, with Others" who have high morals and are capable of independent thought through the education of all as well as to contribute to solving problems such as poverty, environment, education and ethics which threaten "human dignity" by contributing to academic research and society). We also aim to practice the principles of the United Nations Global Compact of which we are a member.
ESG factors are important future financial factors which impact future risks and the medium to long-term value of investments and as such we think it is crucial to consider ESG factors particularly for medium to long-term investors who invest in pension funds and university endowments.