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Service Providers Framework 2020

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Policy on ESG beliefs

SG 01. Responsible investment policy

01.1. Describe how your organisation’s philosophy incorporates environmental, social and governance factors, and the link to your business offerings.

fundinfo offers tailor-made fund research, manager selection and investment advisory relating to investment funds. As we believe that the integration of sustainability has a positive impact on the returns of investments, we analyse the quality of the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. We believe that the analysis of ESG factors leads to more visibility in the investment analysis and to a reduction of financial and reputational risks. We are convinced that the principles of responsibility and active ownership are of socio-political relevance. Therefore, we analyse the implementation of the principles of responsible investment and active ownership by the asset management firm. We score investment funds on the following dimensions: sustainability of the asset manager, sustainability of the investment process, stewardship (proxy voting & engagement), transparency.

fundinfo also implemented holdings based ESG fund data from MSCI within the Digital-Advisor which is a cloud based system for fund selection. The tool scores active and passive funds based on scientific criteria derived from quantitative and qualitative factors. Within the Digital-Advisor, fund selectors have the possibility to screen for funds that score high on holdings based MSCI ESG quality scores. Added to that, they also can screen for funds that have little in exclusion industries (e.g. weapons, alcohol, tobacco) or that have a high exposure to impact industries (e.g. clean tech or social impact). Furthermore, clients can search for fund portfolios that exhibit a low average carbon intensity.

https://about.fundinfo.com/en/what-we-do/fund-research/sustainability/

01.2. Indicate whether you have policies that formalise the incorporation of your ESG beliefs in your business offerings.

01.3. Indicate the components/types of your internal policy and provide the URL and/or an attachment of the document/s if they are publicly available.

Policy components/types

01.4. Indicate how these are put into practice internally across the organisation.

01.5. Additional information [OPTIONAL]


SG 02. Norms used to develop policies

02.1. Indicate what frameworks and guidelines you have used to develop your organisation’s policies. Tick all that apply.

02.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]


SG 03. Policy offerings to clients

03.1. Indicate whether you offer standard, off the shelf, policies to clients as part of your product offerings, and/or whether you create tailored versions for individual clients.

Off the shelf
Tailored
Asset class-specific RI guidelines
Sector-specific RI guidelines
Screening/exclusions policy
Engagement policy
(Proxy) voting policy
RI guidelines set out within the Investment Policy Statement (IPS)
RI guidelines set out in a freestanding RI policy
Multi-year RI implementation project plan
Conflict of interest management policy
Stockbroker allocation policy
Securities lending policy
Other, please specify (1)
Other, please specify (2)
Other, please specify (3)
None of the above

03.2. Provide a brief description of the key elements, any variations, or exceptions applying to these policies.

fundinfo offers tailor-made fund research, manager selection and investment advisory relating to investment funds. As we believe that the integration of sustainability has a positive impact on the returns of investments, we analyse the quality of the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. We believe that the analysis of ESG factors leads to more visibility in the investment analysis and to a reduction of financial and reputational risks. We are convinced that the principles of responsibility and active ownership are of socio-political relevance. Therefore, we analyse the implementation of the principles of responsible investment and active ownership by the asset management firm. Therefore we score investment funds on the following dimensions: sustainability of the asset manager, sustainability of the investment process, stewardship (proxy voting & engagement), transparency.

03.3. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]


SG 04. ESG/RI in business offerings

04.1. Briefly describe how you include ESG/RI factors as part of your business offerings.

Business area

Investment Consultancy

How you include ESG/RI factors

fundinfo offers tailor-made fund research, manager selection and investment advisory relating to investment funds. As we believe that the integration of sustainability has a positive impact on the returns of investments, we analyse the quality of the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. We believe that the analysis of ESG factors leads to more visibility in the investment analysis and to a reduction of financial and reputational risks. We are convinced that the principles of responsibility and active ownership are of socio-political relevance. Therefore, we analyse the implementation of the principles of responsible investment and active ownership by the asset management firm. Therefore we score investment funds on the following dimensions: sustainability of the asset manager, sustainability of the investment process, stewardship (proxy voting & engagement), transparency.

04.2. Indicate the roles in your organisation, and indicate for each whether they have oversight and/or implementation responsibilities for ESG/RI within the organisation.

Roles present in your organisation
Oversight/accountability for ESG/RI
Implementation of ESG/RI
Board
Directors
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Chief Operating Officer (COO), Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Other chief-level staff
Other heads of department

Please specify

          Rob Gleeson (head of investments) has the oversight/accountability for RI.
        

Please specify

          Charles Younes (head of research) is responsible for implementation
        
Dedicated ESG/RI staff
Other role, specify (1)
Other role, specify (2)
Other role, specify (3)
None of the above

04.3. Indicate how you ensure ESG/RI expertise for the roles where there are RI oversight/accountability or implementation responsibilities.

04.4. Indicate whether your organisation has any ESG/RI linked incentives for its employees.

04.7. Additional information [OPTIONAL]


SG 05. Outsourcing of services (Private)


SG 06. Providing training/education

06.1. Indicate whether you provide training/educational services on ESG/RI. Tick all that apply.

06.2. Describe the main components of your training/educational services on ESG/RI and any variations depending on the group you provide training/education to.

Analysts attend seminars

06.3. Describe whether these training/educational services include any commercial elements.

          These training/educational services do not include any commercial elements.
        

06.4. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]


SG 07. Applying, advancing and promoting the PRI principles

07.1. Describe how your organisation applies, advances and promotes the PRI Principles.

We follow the UN PRI assessment methodology as the basis for our analysis of asset managers. We incorporate ESG issues into our investment analysis and decision-making process (assessment of the sustainability of the asset manager and the investment process). We prefer asset managers and investment funds that engage with companies and use their proxy voting rights. Added to that, we prefer asset managers that have a proxy voting policy and a sustainable investment & corporate governance policy. Furthermore, we demand transparency on their investment process, portfolio holdings and on stewardship (voting and engagement reports). We promote our UN PRI based process to our clients, potential clients and to external asset managers.

07.2. Highlight whether there are any ways that your organisation would like to engage further with the PRI. [OPTIONAL]


SG 08. Actions taken to promote responsible investment

08.1. Indicate which of the following actions your organisation has taken to promote responsible investments during the reporting year, independently of collaborative initiatives.

08.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]


SG 09. Long term trends

09.1. Indicate which of the following long-term trends are addressed in your product outputs.

          Demand for sustainable investment solutions
        

09.2. Explain how this long-term trend affects your product outputs.

We offer analysis of investment funds that incorporates ESG criteria, that have a focus on certain sustainable themes like climate change or that strictly exclude certain non-ethical sectors like tobacco.


SG 10. Interaction with asset owners

10.1. Indicate whether you interact with asset owner clients.

10.2. Indicate the typical frequency and type of interactions with your asset owner clients.

Type of interaction

Frequency

Frequency

10.3. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]

   


SG 11. Aligning approach with investor goals

11.1. Describe how you typically align your organisation’s philosophy and approach to ESG/RI with your investor clients’ goals.

Based on our clients' demand or needs, we offer analysis of investment funds that incorporate ESG criteria, that have a focus on certain sustainable themes like climate change or that strictly exclude certain non-ethical sectors like tobacco.

11.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]


SG 12. ESG recommendations not aligned with investor goals

12.1. Describe what steps you take, if any, when your ESG recommendations are not in line with your investor clients’ goals.

As our ESG recommendations are based on our clients' specific sustainability criteria, the recommended investment funds are in line with our clients' goals.

12.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]


SG 13. Seeking feedback from clients

13.1. Indicate whether you seek feedback from clients on your RI/ESG services and product offerings

13.2. Describe how you use this feedback in your RI/ESG services and product offerings.

If a client is asking for an additional ESG filter (e.g. exclusion of fur products or consideration of carbon footprint), we will do that of course and we will evaluate whether we should integrate this kind of analysis into our analysis in general.


SG 14. Managing conflicts of interest

14.1. Indicate whether your organisation has a policy for managing potential conflicts of interest.

14.4. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]


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