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eQ Asset Management Ltd

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]

A special development object in 2019 was further development of the contents of our ESG report on equity and fixed income investments, private equity and real estate. Our work outside the firm has been somewhat less active, temporarily. In the past we have been an active supporter, and will continue to be and we are available for developing the work of PRI.

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]

We report on ESG and this means we are active in both utilizing CDP data we engage with companies to improve transparency very actively by signing non-response letters and directly.

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]

We promote responsible investment at Invest Europe.

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]

In 2019 real estate funds of eQ Asset Management participated for the first time in the GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) assessment of sustainable properties. The results that we get through GRESB will help us identify and prioritise development areas related to sustainable operations and build a strong foundation for systematic development of sustainability in our real estate investments.

          FINSIF: Finland's Sustainable Investment Forum
        

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]

Active member in FINSIF where our representative holds a Board seat. 

          FVCA (Finnish Venture Capital Association)
        

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 promote as an active member responsible investment at the Finnish Venture Capital Association's ESG working Group.

          RAKLI, The Finnish Association of Property Owners and Construction Clients
        

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 also promote responsible investment at Rakli.


SG 09.2. Assets managed by PRI signatories (Private)


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

          Assisted a number of clients in their ESG policy and ESG tools (regular ESG query for asset managers to follow the development of sustainability status in asset managers' work) formation work. Sharing thoughts about our own ESG practices in our clients' Board of Directors and other management meetings. We arranged two client seminars in 2019 regarding current sustainability themes (sharing current information about sustainability).
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Answered to one for Academic Research in general RI investing and adoption themes.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Regarding both private equity as well as equity and fixed income eQ encourages the companies that it invests in to transparent stakeholder information and the development of sustainability reporting, regardless of the size of the company or regulatory requirements. In 2019, we carried active dialogue with investee firms to increase transparency related to our ESG reporting initiative. In addition, we published our Sustainability Report on our own initiative for the second time as part of the Annual Report in the spring 2019. For us it is very important to report about sustainability regarding our operations to our stakeholders in an open and transparent manner. We also publish blogs and other reports regarding our ESG practices and current activities in social media.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          eQ Responsible Investment Director participated in ESG panel discussion (Reward & Engage -seminar in May 2019) organised by Suomen henkilöstörahastot ry.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          What comes to PE investments, the sustainability of investee funds is also assessed and monitored continuously with, e.g. a regular inquiry sent to the investee funds and in discussions with them. In regular ESG query we are asking that is the investment manager a signatory in UN PRI or a similar program.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Board Member FINSIF (Finland's Sustainable Investment Forum)
        

Frequency of contribution

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          Active member of FVCA, Invest Europe and Rakli (The Finnish Association of Property Owners and Construction Clients)
        

Description

          We promote responsible investment at the Finnish Venture Capital Association, Invest Europe and Rakli (The Finnish Association of Property Owners and Construction Clients)
        

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]

Our ESG experts have also been active on several domestic and international forums in order to promote the distribution of information based on best sustainability practices in 2019. Our portfolio manager of eQ Blue Planet fund attended “Impact Leaders Podcast” hosted by JP Dallmann, Fast Forward 2030 and told about our thoughts on impact investing and sustainable value creation in autumn 2019. eQ responsible investment director gave an expert comment on sustainability book as well as gave an expert interview for the Finnish ESG study. In the spring 2019 eQ responsible investment director gave expert comments to the annual report of our three clients’. Our ESG experts have been active contributors in social media on ESG matters (e.g. Linkedin, eQ web page).


SG 11. Dialogue with public policy makers or standard setters (Private)


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