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APG Asset Management

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Implementation processes

LEI 01. Percentage of each incorporation strategy

01.1. Indicate which ESG incorporation strategy and/or combination of strategies you apply to your actively managed listed equities; and the breakdown of your actively managed listed equities by strategy or combination of strategies.

ESG incorporation strategy (select all that apply)

Percentage of active listed equity to which the strategy is applied — you may estimate +/- 5%
100 %
Total actively managed listed equities 200%

01.2. Describe your organisation’s approach to ESG incorporation and the reasons for choosing the particular strategy/strategies.

We are convinced that investors make better investment decisions if they look structurally at sustainability factors and responsible business practices as this gives them a more comprehensive picture of investment risks and opportunities.

This policy requires that our investment teams actively consider relevant environmental, social and governance factors alongside considerations of return, risk and cost in a portfolio context, leading to informed and well-considered investment decisions for every industry and company we are invested in.

Based on that belief, APG, together with our clients, has developed an industry-leading inclusion policy whereby the investment universe for capital market investments is assessed based on a proprietary methodology and categorized into leaders and laggards. Investments in laggards require engagement in order to improve their sustainability performance. Engagement is therefore one of the cornerstones of the inclusion policy. We aim to invest only in companies that either perform adequately on our chosen sustainability indicators or those that we expect can make progress in these areas.

In addition to the Inclusion Policy, APG has a carbon reduction target for the equity portfolios and an investment target for Sustainable Development Investments (SDIs). APG has also continued to apply its corporate governance framework in our engagement and voting activities.

In addition to a strong focus on integration, APG has minimum standards and an exclusion policy built into its investment processes.

We expect companies to act in line with the principles of the UN Global Compact. On a regular basis we screen our equity and bond portfolio and engage with companies we think are in breach of these. Where engagement does not lead to the desired change we can decide to divest. This is a last resort and the result of an intensive process that can take several years and involves clear requirements and deadlines. In line with our clients policies, APG does not invest in companies involved in the following:

− Controversial weapons: This means we do not invest in companies that are involved in the production, sale or distribution of cluster munitions, anti-personnel mines, chemical or biological weapons. We define involvement as production, sale and/or distribution of the core weapon system, or components/services of the core weapon system that are considered tailor made (or dedicated) for the weapon or weapons system and essential (key) for the lethal use of the weapons. Regarding nuclear weapons, we exclude companies involved in the production, development, sale and/or distribution of the core weapon system. We also consider companies involved in the production, development, sale and/or distribution of the company is deriving revenues of components or services that are considered tailor-made (or dedicated) for the weapon or weapon system and components or services that are considered essential (key) for the lethal use of the weapon or weapon system.

− Tobacco production: we define involvement as companies that derive revenues (i.e. > 0% revenue) from the production of tobacco products. This relates to companies engaged in manufacturing and producing tobacco products such as cigars, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, beedi, kretek, smokeless tobacco, reconstituted tobacco leaf, snuff, snus, and chewing tobacco. It also includes companies that grow or process raw tobacco leaves

In addition to the exclusion policy on corporates, we exclude sovereign bonds issued by countries that are subject to an arms embargo by the UN Security Council.

As of January 2019 companies involved in tobacco production, and companies involved in nuclear weapons inside the Non-Proliferation Treaty are excluded from investment. The exclusion list is determined on a semi-annual basis. Per December 2019 we excluded 156 public and 119 private companies that are directly, or through ownership, involved in production of anti-personnel landmines, cluster munitions, nuclear weapons or tobacco production. We exclude 3 companies that we consider to be in violation of the UN Global Compact principles. 10 countries currently feature on the exclusion list for sovereign bonds. We apply the exclusion policy for listed and non-listed issuers, the list of private issuers is internally available and shared with our external managers. 

01.3. If assets are managed using a combination of ESG incorporation strategies, briefly describe how these combinations are used. [Optional]


LEI 02. Type of ESG information used in investment decision

02.1. Indicate what ESG information you use in your ESG incorporation strategies and who provides this information.

Type of ESG information

Indicate who provides this information  

Indicate who provides this information 

Indicate who provides this information 

Indicate who provides this information 

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          NGOs, voting research, news and media, company documents, Bloomberg
        

Indicate who provides this information 

02.2. Indicate whether you incentivise brokers to provide ESG research.

02.3. Describe how you incentivise brokers.

APG is compliant with MiFID II and as a result has a direct research contract with brokers. We do not disclose the actual amount or percentage paid for ESG research as we consider that confidential.

02.4. Additional information. [Optional]

The majority of acquired ESG information is company related, including ESG ratings and scores, analysis of policies and performance on specific issues, news and controversies related to ESG issues, and broker analyses of ESG issues. Part of this information is made available to portfolio managers via a centralized knowledge management system (KMS) in which we track our engagement with companies as well as other relevant research, financial and ESG information. For more in-depth analysis, more detailed reports are used.

We procure specialist research that establishes how companies perform against specific standards (e.g. UNGC principles) or verifies the involvement with controversial weapons (cluster munitions). The latter forms the basis for our exclusion policy. If we deem companies to potentially be in breach of the UNGC principles, we start an intensive engagement program that could ultimately result in exclusion if the company does not show sufficient progress over a period of time. We also acquire ESG research at a country level that provides insight into the risks of investing in corporates in specific countries (governance, environment, human rights).

In case third parties do not cover companies, we initiate our own efforts to collect relevant ESG data of issuers.


LEI 03. Information from engagement and/or voting used in investment decision-making

03.1. Indicate whether your organisation has a process through which information derived from ESG engagement and/or (proxy) voting activities is made available for use in investment decision-making.

03.2. Additional information. [Optional]

Information about APG's engagement and voting activities is made available to the investing teams using the following tools:

  • The Knowledge Management System,
  • Alert systems that communicate when relevant new shareholder meeting information becomes available,
  • The disclosure of our voting record, and
  • Regular joint meetings between the investment and GRIG teams.

Additional ad-hoc requests for specific information can also be made and are handled on a case-by-case basis.


(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

In addition to a strong focus on integration, APG has minimum standards and an exclusion policy built into its investment processes.

We expect companies to act in line with the principles of the UN Global Compact. On a regular basis we screen our equity and bond portfolio and engage with companies we think are in breach of these. Where engagement does not lead to the desired change we can decide to divest. This is a last resort and the result of an intensive process that can take several years and involves clear requirements and deadlines. In line with our clients policies, APG does not invest in companies involved in the following:

  • Controversial Weapons
  • Tobacco production

Screened by

Description

We expect companies to act in line with the principles of the UN Global Compact. On a regular basis we screen our equity and bond portfolio and engage with companies we think are in breach of these. Where engagement does not lead to the desired change we can decide to divest. This is a last resort and the result of an intensive process that can take several years and involves clear requirements and deadlines.

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

The exclusion policy including the screening criteria are evaluated and reviewed by the client twice per year.


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]


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.

          Exclusion policy including implementation is part of our risk management framework, and the process is audited by an external third party.
        

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

The external fund manager or internal portfolio manager is instructed to sell the position immediately. An investigation is conducted to assess the background of and reason for the breach of the policy in order to establish whether and, if yes, which additional measures are needed to prevent future breaches.

06.3. Additional information. [Optional]


(C) Implementation: Integration of ESG factors

LEI 08. Review ESG issues while researching companies/sectors

08.1. Indicate the proportion of actively managed listed equity portfolios where E, S and G factors are systematically researched as part of your investment analysis.

ESG issues

Proportion impacted by analysis
Environmental

Environmental

Social

Social

Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

08.2. Additional information. [Optional]


LEI 09. Processes to ensure integration is based on robust analysis

09.1. Indicate which processes your organisation uses to ensure ESG integration is based on robust analysis.

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

09.3. Indicate how frequently third party ESG ratings that inform your ESG integration strategy are updated.

09.4. Indicate how frequently you review internal research that builds your ESG integration strategy.

09.5. Describe how ESG information is held and used by your portfolio managers.

09.6. Additional information. [Optional]

Company inclusion classifications and the carbon reduction targets are formally updated on an annual basis. However, portfolio managers/analysts and members of the Global Responsible Investment & Governance team will have access to so-called pro-forma classifications, which are based on latest input data and thereby can monitor developments between formal update moments.


LEI 10. Aspects of analysis ESG information is integrated into (Private)


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