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Covalence SA

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.

Covalence offers Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) services to finance professionals, helping them implement responsible investment strategies with ESG ratings, SDG assessments, thematic products, impact stories, and ESG research.

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

01.5. Additional information [OPTIONAL]


SG 02. Norms used to develop policies (Not Applicable)


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

Covalence approach is based on multiple sources of information and relies on web monitoring, artificial intelligence together with human analysis. We oppose ESG data publicly reported by companies (disclosure) to online narrative content reflecting the views of stakeholders such as NGOs and the media (reputation). This approach allows users to track inconsistencies, monitor changes and benefit from timely alternative data. The information is delivered in an actionable format to support ESG risk exposure mitigation and long term value creation.

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
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.

          we offer training and education to students of various schools
        

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.

Antoine Mach, Managing Partner of Covalence, also co-manages the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Finance offered by the Haute école de gestion de Genève https://www.hesge.ch/heg/sf

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

          Yes, schools pay us to teach
        

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 promote the PRI through our core activity which is to produce ESG ratings and analysis, and offer them to investment 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.

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

We use 50 criteria inspired by the Global Reporting Initiative, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals, to guide our research and products.

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

We use 50 criteria inspired by the Global Reporting Initiative, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals, to guide our research and products.

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

We use 50 criteria inspired by the Global Reporting Initiative, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals, to guide our research and products.

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

We use 50 criteria inspired by the Global Reporting Initiative, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals, to guide our research and products.


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.

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.

We work on improving simplicity and clarity of our products


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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