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Sycomore Asset Management

PRI reporting framework 2020

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Outputs and outcomes

SAM 08. Percentage of externally managed assets managed by PRI signatories

08.1. Describe how you ensure that best RI practice is applied to managing your assets


          - Synergy Emerging Markets : In 2019, we continued our 2018 dialogue with our external fund managers on their ESG organisation and practices. It followed the analysis we carried out in 2017 on the ESG practices of each fund manager of the fund by sending them a detailed survey and presented the results as well as our own approach during the investment committee. Based on these exchanges, we proposed a ground for a common ESG approach including common exclusion crtieria, integration of Governance criteria, ESG controversy monitoring, PRI membership and proxy voting. In addition, we supported our partners individually in the development and implementation of their approaches by sharing our experience and ressources on an ad-hoc basis. The outcome was a success with two asset managers signing up to the PRI and four out of five formally integrating ESG criteria in their investment decision making.


          - Prospects: in 2019 we turned down a meeting proposal from an AM that was not a PRI signatory. The firm is currently working on its ESG integration strategy and in the process of adhering to the PRI.

08.2. Additional information. [Optional]

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.

Topic or issue
          Selection - refused investment because the investment provider was not a PRI signatory.
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Scope and process

In 2019, we were contacted by the sales manager of a small French investment firm to invest in their products. As the firm was not a PRI signatory at the time, we responded that it was impossible for us to invest in its funds until it became a PRI signatory and it could prove it had a solid ESG integration process. 


The investment firm is currently adhering to the PRI and formalizing its ESG committments. 

09.2. Additional information.