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Service Providers Framework 2020

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Investment research

IC 10. Investment research activities

10.1. Indicate whether you incorporate ESG into your investment research services.

10.2. Indicate whether the following activities are part of your investment research process. Describe for each activity how you incorporate ESG.

Investment research activities

Describe how you incorporate ESG

          Aksia seeks to identify and evaluate positive and negative ESG considerations as part of our investment and operational due diligence processes. Aksia’s assessment of materiality considers both financial and non-financial impact. 

- Negative ESG considerations include material negative impact on individuals, society, and/or the environment.   

- Positive ESG considerations include a material positive impact on individuals, communities and/or the environment.   

Aksia aims to present a balanced view giving due consideration to the relevant issues. As such, we may flag both positive and negative considerations as part of our due diligence review, highlighting various aspects of ESG factors, the investment strategy or fund managers’ business practices. 

Potential issues or highlights are raised to the ESG Committee by the relevant investment or operational due diligence professional. Subject to a majority vote of the ESG Committee, a description of the ESG consideration (negative or positive) may be included in the operational due diligence report. The identified ESG considerations are re-evaluated and reported as part of each annual operational and/or investment due diligence update, as applicable.
          Aksia’s investment and operational due diligence teams evaluate investment managers’ approach to, adoption of and integration of ESG factors into their investment processes and business

Describe how you incorporate ESG

          Aksia’s investment and operational due diligence teams evaluate investment managers’ approach to, adoption of and integration of ESG factors into their investment processes and business practices. This approach is collaborative across our investment and operational due diligence teams and seeks to evaluate investment managers across the following areas: quality and implementation of an ESG policy, integration of the evaluation of ESG factors into investment decisions and business practices, use of third-party providers of ESG evaluation and reporting, PRI signatory status and offering of accounts or funds which implement strategies with a focus on awareness of ESG factors. In addition to the integration of the evaluation of ESG factors in our due diligence process, Aksia has implemented a Diversity and ESG questionnaire, which is sent to investment managers. This questionnaire seeks to collect information on employee and ownership diversity, ESG integration and investment managers’ willingness to offer investments focused on ESG factors or sustainable investments.

10.4. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]

IC 11. Demonstrating value on investment research

11.1. Describe how you measure, track or otherwise demonstrate your value on investment research activities.

          With respect to Aksia’s advisory clients, Aksia’s investment research activities are incorporated into the asset allocation and investment advisory process, and as such, Aksia measures, tracks and demonstrates our value on investment research activities as part of our assessment of our asset allocation. 

Although there are many ways to evaluate a consultant’s performance and value add, we believe an important benchmark is the satisfaction of its clients. Aksia’s objective is to support our clients’ needs, which vary widely and as such, Aksia has built a platform with the capability to support an investor’s program in whatever capacity required.   

Aksia does not have a formal asset allocation model, and we do not believe in a ‘one-size-fits-all’ portfolio construction approach. We understand that each client has specific objectives, and that each client’s portfolio operates under a unique set of objectives and constraints. To that end, we strive to add value to clients by providing tailored portfolio advice and tools to make informed decisions in an effort to meet these parameters.  

Aksia advisory and research teams proactively make recommendations regarding client portfolios and underlying managers, regularly reviewing each client’s portfolio and underlying investment strategies. Aksia documents its recommendations, and all reports and monitoring updates are made available to clients directly through our online client platform, as well as communicated to each client by the client’s dedicated portfolio advisory team through ongoing calls and regular touch points.

11.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]