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Ecofact

Service Providers Framework 2020

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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.

          In general, we understand materiality as defined by the International Integrated Reporting Council: 

“A matter is material if it is of such relevance and importance that it could substantively influence the assessments of providers of financial capital with regard to the organization’s ability to create value over the short, medium and long term. In determining whether or not a matter is material, senior management and those charged with governance should consider whether the matter substantively affects, or has the potential to substantively affect, the organization’s strategy, its business model, or one or more of the capitals it uses or affects.”

As we offer bespoke ESG research, there is no general way of capturing our understanding of materiality in our products. Depending on the project, materiality may be defined differently and in line with the definition of the client.
        

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.

          Depending on the task at hand and if possible, we generally integrate the views of relevant stakeholders in our research process as this is often the main focus of our assessments. These views are reflected in our assessment conclusions.
        

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.

          As we provide bespoke risk assessments upon request, these are also updated upon request from the client.
        

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

Explain your approach

          Depends on the project and the methodology agreed upon with our client.
        

Explain your approach

          Depends on the project and the methodology agreed upon with our client.
        

Explain your approach

          Depends on the project and the methodology agreed upon with our client.
        

Explain your approach

          Depends on the project and the methodology agreed upon with our client.
        

Explain your approach

          Depends on the project and the methodology agreed upon with our client.
        

05.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]


RDP 06. Consistency and comparability

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

          Our control processes to ensure quality of research include:
- clearly defined processes which are captured in manuals; 
- coordination meetings in which scope, processes and methodologies are defined; 
- an internal mentoring system; 
- a strict 4-eyes principle; and
- full transparency on work results and methodology in our output.
        

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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