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RepRisk AG

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.

RepRisk is a global leader and pioneer in data science, specializing in premium ESG and business conduct risk research and quantitative solutions. ESG factors are not only the core of our business offerings but inherently incorporated in our organizations philosophy. We are committed to considering and respecting ESG factors, both within our own business and through our work with clients and partners.

RepRisk helps its clients prevent and manage ESG and business conduct risks related to their operations, business relationships, and investments. Our suite of risk management and compliance tools helps to reduce blind spots and shed light on potential business conduct risks that may lead to reputational, compliance, and financial risks. We believe that responsible business conduct goes hand-in-hand with sound financial and reputational risk management, operational excellence, and profitable growth in the medium and long term.

RepRisk's mission is to provide transparency on business conduct risks to help drive accountability and responsible behavior of companies, thus creating positive change. Through our business, we raise awareness among our clients and partners of ESG issues and help them to identify and assess risks both in their own business as well as in their extended business relationships. Our aspiration impacts planet and people, by making a significant contribution to sustainable development, as well as being a valued business partner and employer. We aim to increase accountability across all institutions. In our daily operations and behavior, we strive to live our corporate values:

  • Operational excellence and superior quality
  • Reliability and responsiveness
  • Intellectual honesty and curiosity
  • Flexible, open workplace
  • Ownership and goal-oriented teamwork
  • Personal and professional growth
  • Humility

In order to further clarify our expected behavior from employees, we established our own Code of Ethics, which is called "The RepRisk Way". The document sets forth our values and ethical standards to help our employees conduct their actions in line with the company's expectation. All managers as well as other employees undertake to live out these fundamental values in their daily work and actively implement them in a responsible way. Our staff members have a very good understanding of ESG issues and topics, particularly because of the core business activities of RepRisk, which focuses on the identification and analysis of ESG risks. Through our regularly published reports we offer valuable insight into key ESG topics in various geographies and sectors.

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

Public availability

Public availability

Public availability

          Vision, Mission, and Values statement; Internal Code of Ethics; Environmental Policy; Gifts and Entertainment Policy; Employee Handbook
        

Public availability

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

          Regular review of internal policies; online feedback and surveys
        

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

03.3. 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

Research and Data Provision

How you include ESG/RI factors

RepRisk is a global leader and pioneer in data science, specializing in premium ESG and business conduct risk research and quantitative solutions. Since 2006, RepRisk has been leveraging artificial intelligence and curated human analysis to translate big data into actionable business intelligence and risk metrics. The RepRisk ESG Risk Platform provides ESG risk profiles for more than 140,000 companies and 35,000 infrastructure projects worldwide, enabling in-depth risk research also on sectors, countries. It can be used to identify industry-specific material ESG risks in line with the SASB standards or monitor ESG risks. We help our clients prevent and manage ESG and business conduct risks related to their operations, business relationships, and investments. Through our business, we raise awareness among our clients and partners of ESG issues, and help them to identify and assess risks both in their own business as well as in their extended business relationships.

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

Please specify

          Observe ESG landscape and develop business solutions and strategy accordingly.
        

Please specify

          Ensure internal policies are executed and  ESG offerings meet needs of clients and partners.
        
Other heads of department

Please specify

          Observe ESG landscape and develop business solutions and strategy accordingly.
        

Please specify

          Ensure internal policies are executed and  ESG offerings meet needs of clients and partners.
        
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.

04.6. Describe how you ensure that your employees incorporate ESG/RI into services through other mechanisms than ESG/RI linked incentives.

As a premium due diligence solution, we help our clients prevent and manage ESG and business conduct risks related to their operations, business relationships, and investments. Due to the nature of our business, ESG is inherently incorporated in all of our services.

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.

          We have department wide training on ESG/RI in place using external providers and it is mandatory for all members of the team.
        

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.

Training on ESG/RI is mandatory for all client-facing team members. We're using internal but also external providers who are specialized, including the PRI Academy. We further have a Learning and Development set up for all staff that is available online at all times and covers ESG/RI relevant topics as well.

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

          Training is provided internally and has no 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.

The RepRisk ESG Risk Platform is a database that is used by portfolio managers, research analysts, and responsible investment teams at leading asset managers around the world for ESG integration and investment analysis across all asset classes, company research and engagement, as well as screening and monitoring of any investment universe or portfolio for ESG and business conduct risks. 

RepRisk further provides ESG research that is used in the PRI Academy courses as Case Studies.

 

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.

          Written and published in-house research papers on various ESG topics.
        

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.

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

Our products help our clients to identify and manage risks related to environmental issues including climate change, GHG emissions, global and local pollution.

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

Our products help our clients to identify and manage risks related to water scarcity as well as general overuse and wasting of resources.


SG 10. Interaction with asset owners (Not Applicable)


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.

RepRisk helps investors identify, assess, and monitor ESG and business conduct risks in their investments and business partners.

Business conduct risks related to human rights, labor, the environment, and corruption can translate into reputational, compliance, and financial risks for a company. RepRisk can help investors by providing solutions that facilitate ESG integration and investment analysis across all asset classes, company research and engagement, as well as screening and daily monitoring of risks of any investment universe or portfolio for ESG and business conduct risks.  

RepRisk’s mission is to provide transparency on business conduct risks to help drive accountability and responsible behavior of companies, thus creating positive change.

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.

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.

RepRisk collects and analyzes feedback from clients on an annual, systematic basis with the help of an annual online survey. In addition, our sales and client services team gathers feedback during its daily interactions with clients. We strive to continuously improve our services and products to meet the highest standards in quality. 


SG 14. Managing conflicts of interest

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

14.2. Describe how you manage potential conflicts of interest.

RepRisk developed its own Code of Ethics, which contains guidance on conflicts of interest, as well as some practical examples through questions and answers. Personal relationships must not result in any form of preferential treatment for clients, suppliers, colleagues and other stakeholders. All staff are expected to report any situation in which there might be a conflict between his/her personal and professional interests. 

 

14.3. Describe how you ensure that company employees do not derive any personal gain from the use of information collected during your work process.

RepRisk developed its own Code of Ethics, which contains guidance on intellectual property, confidential information, data protection, as well as some practical examples through questions and answers. 

Being an intelligence and technology company, intellectual property is of the utmost importance to RepRisk. All employees are expected to protect our own intellectual property and the tools developed by our employees, as well as the one of our clients, data providers, and others. 

At RepRisk, data protection is based on the “Need to protect” principle. Each employee is responsible for protecting the confidentiality of the information he/she has access to at RepRisk.

Employees also sign a non-disclosure agreement in which they agree not to disclose confidential information.

14.4. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]


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