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eQ Asset Management Ltd

PRI reporting framework 2020

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SAM 08. Percentage of externally managed assets managed by PRI signatories (Private)


SAM 09. Examples of ESG issues in selection, appointment and monitoring processes

09.1. Provide examples of how ESG issues have been addressed in the manager selection, appointment and/or monitoring process for your organisation during the reporting year.

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          Further promoting ESG approach within investee funds as well as expanding our own ESG approach. We endeavour to enhance our transparency accordingly.
        
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Scope and process

We continuously urge our investee funds managers to become more sophisticated in their management processes regarding ESG matters. The sustainability/ESG 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 2019, we updated the content of annual ESG query to our investee funds. We included the following new question in the ESG Query: How do you take into account the SDGs (UN Sustainable Development Goals) at your company.

Outcomes

What comes to the results of our annual ESG query 2019 we see that awareness of responsible investment approach has grown positively among our investee funds. The response rate to our query was high, 96,9 % (in 2018 ESG query: response rate 96,5% ja 2017 ESG query: response rate 88,2%). During the reporting year 2019 six of our investee fund managers joined PRI as a signatory and one has make to decision to join PRI. Also several GP's started to publish their annual ESG report. 42 % of respondents said that they somehow take the SDGs at their companies into account. Based on our results 2019, it is interesting and important to see that more and more GP's have defined KPI's to follow the ESG targets they have set for their portfolio companies. 

We have started to share transparently our views through social media e.g. blogs. In addition, we published eQ Plc's Sustainability Report 2019 (available on eQ's web page).

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          Further improvement of ESG integration in our processes like investment process, monitoring during fund life time as well as reporting, communication and marketing
        
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Scope and process

We are committed to constantly developing our sustainability/ESG approach. We feel important to evaluate regularly our processes and used tools from a sustainability perspective. 

Outcomes

In 2019, we updated our new fund product's marketing material to fully reflect our ESG approach. Additionally, we in similar way enhanced the juridical documentation templates from this point of view.

09.2. Additional information.


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