In all their research, all ESG research analysts of ESG Invest commit to the four principles listed below:
Objectivity: Capture and interpret the data on companies honestly and objectively by implementing and strictly applying the methodological guidelines.
Neutrality: To not accept any inducement and not succumb to any pressure, manipulation, political influence, or pressure from interest groups to capture and assess companies other than objectively.
Equality: Capture and assess all companies on exactly the same basis, regardless of its country of origin and of any other relationship “Sustainability Excellence” may have with a company e.g. as a client, investor, a consulting client or other stakeholder.
Confidentiality: Conform with all the relevant laws, rules and regulations of national and international financial authorities by not disseminating in a raw or direct public format material and non-public and market sensitive information that they may come across in the course of their work.
Analysts shall conduct the process of collecting and classifying information and perform all their tasks independently, each under the responsibility of the research manager. During the selection of information and the construction of opinions analysts adhere strictly to the principles of the methodological requirements. They should exclude all personal consideration, adjudication, philosophy, belief or preference of any kind whatsoever.
An ESG research analyst may not participate in the collection and assessments of ESG data if he/she:
- Owns stocks or financial derivatives of the company;
- Has had an employment or other major business relationship with the assessed company within the previous 6 months;
- Has a relative (i.e. spouse, partner, parent, child, and sibling) who currently works or has worked within the previous 6 months for the assessed company.
Gifts or favours from anyone with whom Sustainability Excellence does business, offered in the form of cash or any gifts, will be either refused or declared in writing to the research manager. Any personal relationship with a company that creates the potential for any real or apparent conflict of interest shall be disclosed to the research manager.