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Responsible Investment Association Australasia RIAA

Service Providers Framework 2019

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Research/process level

RDP 02. Sources for research and/or rating

02.1. Indicate the types of sources you use for research and/or ratings of companies/sectors/geographies or similar. Tick all that apply.

02.2. Indicate how ESG factors are incorporated into your research and/or rating methodology

02.3. Describe how you define materiality and how this is captured in your research and/or rating methodology as well as final product.

          We don't have single guidelines on materiality as the absolute impact/concept is important, however this concept is built into a number of our programs and work, from Certification looking at materiality thresholds, through to helping members to determine material issues via our working groups.
        

02.4. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]


RDP 03. Stakeholder input

03.1. Describe how you actively include input and information, wherever possible, from relevant stakeholders or interested parties, in the research process or in reaching assessment conclusions.

          All of our research involves consultation with and input from the investment community as well as other relevant stakeholders. Specifically, examples of systematic input include:
•	Providing reports to non-leading superfunds on how they perform against the RI Benchmark Framework for Assessment in pension funds as part of the Superfund RI Benchmark Report.
•	Certification Assessment Panel in the determination of compliance with the RI Certification Program – the CAP comprises RIAA Board and independent members.
•	Inclusion of consultation from not for profits in our corporate engagement working groups to seek their views on issues
•	Inclusion of broad array of stakeholders to inform our policy positions
        

03.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]


RDP 04. Up-to-date assessment and ratings

04.1. Indicate how you ensure that your ESG assessment of companies/ sectors/ geographies or similar is up-to-date and that new information is incorporated or new assessments are conducted at reasonable intervals.

04.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]


RDP 05. Balanced research and assessment

05.1. Indicate how you typically ensure a balanced approach to your research methodology and assessing/rating of companies/sectors/geographies or similar. Tick all that apply and explain your approach to each option.

Type of indicators

05.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]


RDP 06. Consistency and comparability

06.1. Describe the control processes in place to ensure quality of research.

          Experienced research team, ongoing auditing and oversight of process, partnering with third party research organisations (eg: universities and big 4 accounting firms), rigorous overview and review of data, combination of primary and secondary sources of data..
        

06.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]


RDP 07. Emerging ESG issues and trends (Private)


RDP 08. Client use of outputs (Private)


RDP 09.


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