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Our engagement initiatives are designed to optimise our ability to affect outcomes and enhance our investment decision-making. More specifically, the approach is premised on the following:
- The Portfolio Managers (PMs) drive the engagement agenda. The PMs determine the engagement priorities and work with the investment analysts in preparing and executing engagement initiatives.
- We generally meet with the management of prospective investee companies before an initial investment is made. The Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) related engagement at these meetings tends to focus on Corporate Governance and includes, but is not limited to, better understanding a company’s Governance policies, including Board function, Board composition and remuneration policies, exploring optimal capital structures, and understanding the motivations of majority shareholders. Furthermore, we observe the importance management places on ESG factors. Subsequent meetings provide a forum to discuss, amongst other things, the ESG performance of the company, and advocate further improvement in their ESG performance and disclosure, where relevant.
- We may meet with the Chairperson and other non-executive Board members. This provides a further opportunity to discuss the company’s Governance Policies, including Board function, Board composition, remuneration policies (magnitude, metrics and hurdles) and subcommittee performance.
- In addition to our meetings with management and Chairpersons, we conduct engagement meetings (either in person or by phone) with ESG specialists within prospective and portfolio companies. This is a further forum to engage on ESG performance, and where relevant advocate further improvement in their ESG performance and disclosure.
- RCL will engage with investee companies who rate relatively poorly on ESG related issues.
- Through our membership of EPRA we participate in engagement activities.
- We also report on our engagement activities to stakeholders, through our quarterly reports and marketing presentations.