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Scot Eq Kames Ethical Corp Bond Pn Negative Ethical Pension Europe >50% UK Fixed Interest 15/01/2007 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

This pension product is linked to the "Kames Ethical Corporate Bond" fund. More detailed information on its SRI / Ethical approach can be found under that fund in the "OEIC" Product listing. 

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Ethical policies Find funds with 'traditional' ethical investment policies. These typically focus on avoiding companies that are involved in the armaments industry, tobacco, gambling and/or pornography. Options will include funds where their core strategy or style may be to focus other issues - like sustainability or the environment, not just 'ethical funds'. Strategies vary significantly. Check fund literature for details.

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Royal London Sustainable Diversified Sustainability Themed OEIC/Unit Trust Global Mixed Asset 24/07/2009 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

RLAM’s investment philosophy is to take the principle of sustainability and apply it across different geographies and asset classes. We define sustainable investing as investing in companies that have a net positive benefit to society either through the products and services they offer or in the way they conduct their business. In doing this we support companies having a positive impact on society whilst at the same time growing investor capital.

 

Although the Trust adopts positive screening as its primary method of investment selection, it also offers reassurance from a number of areas of avoidance.

 

SRI / themed / ethical assets under management – overview

  • Fund Size (GBP):  £416.11m as of 31 May 2017.
  • Total value of SRI/ethical/environmental/ social/ environmental or sustainability themed funds under management:    £11,793.22m as of 31 May 2017.
  • Total value of assets covered by responsible ownership policy:   £1,416.04m as of 31 May 2017    (Please note that this figure only includes our sustainable range, however, RLAM’s Responsible Investment Policy will detail how this is an over-arching approach across most of the firm’s assets).
  • Total assets under management:   £104,507.32m as of 31 May 2017.

 

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Environmental policy Find investment funds with environmental policies - ie that consider issues such as pollution, climate change, resource management, environmental impact. This will include options from all of the different SRI Styles, including funds where their core strategy is to focus on other areas such as ethical funds. See fund information for fund specific policy details.
  • Limits exposure to carbon intensive industries Find environmental, sustainable investment, ethical fund and other options that aim to significantly reduce or limit exposure to carbon intensive industries (ie sectors which are major contributors to climate change). Funds vary - strategies may involve excluding sectors such as coal, oil & gas, mining or airlines - or may indicate a 'best in sector' approach is taken. See fund literature for details.
  • Measures positive impacts Find funds that measure the positive effect of their investment decision making on society and/or the environment. (This may involve eg carbon saved or jobs supported.) Managers aim to quantify the benefits they deliver (relative to other strategies or other benchmarks) to ensure they are delivering positive benefiting. This is a new and evolving area. See fund literature for information
  • Sustainability policy Find fund options that consider issues relating to the sustainability agenda (e.g. resource management, environmental impact, climate change and/or social issues such as equal opportunities, human rights and adherence to recognised codes). This will include funds from all of the different SRI Styles. See fund information for explanations of the different strategies.
  • Ethical policies Find funds with 'traditional' ethical investment policies. These typically focus on avoiding companies that are involved in the armaments industry, tobacco, gambling and/or pornography. Options will include funds where their core strategy or style may be to focus other issues - like sustainability or the environment, not just 'ethical funds'. Strategies vary significantly. Check fund literature for details.
  • Governance policy Find fund options that have policies that relate to corporate governance issues such as board structure, executive remuneration, bribery and/or corporate corruption. These funds will typically avoid companies with poor practices.
  • Animal welfare policy Find ethical fund options that have policies that require specific animal welfare standards to be adopted by investee companies in order for them to be considered for inclusion within the fund.
  • Nuclear exclusion policy Find ethical funds (and other options) that have a published policy that sets out the fund's position on avoiding or limiting exposure to nuclear power. See fund literature for details of their policy.
  • Animal testing exclusion policy Find ethical investment options that avoid companies that are involved in testing their products on animals. Ethical fund strategies vary - some exclude all companies that test on animals, others allow companies that test for medical purposes or where required by law. Read fund details for fund specific information.
  • Tobacco production avoided Find fund options that exclude manufacturers of tobacco (or related) products. This typically relates to ethical funds however funds from other SRI Styles commonly avoid this area also. Strategies vary and funds may invest in retailers of such products (e.g. supermarkets or hotels.) See fund information for further information.
  • Armaments manufacturers avoided Find ethical fund (and other SRI) options that avoid avoids companies that manufacture products intended specifically for military use. Fund strategies vary - particularly with regard to non strategic military products. Read fund literature for specific details.
  • Alcohol production excluded This filter helps you to find ethical funds - and other options - that avoid investment in alcohol production. See fund literature for further information.
  • Fracking and tar sands excluded Find fund options that avoid companies involved in fracking and tar sands - which are widely regarded as more controversial methods of oil and gas extraction.
  • Gambling avoidance policy Find ethical fund options (and other options) that avoid companies with significant involvement in the gambling industry. See fund policy for details.
  • Pornography avoidance policy Find ethical fund option - and in some cases other options - that avoid companies that derive significant income from pornography. See fund details for further information.
  • Human rights Find funds that consider human rights practices when approving companies for investment. Such funds will require decent standards of human rights to be demonstrated - which typically means adherence to international norms as a minimum standard.

SRI Features

  • Positive selection bias Find funds where their main 'ethical approach' is to invest in companies that are considered to be positive/good or useful to people and/or the environment. The fund may also have negative avoidance criteria - see fund details to read more about fund strategies.
  • Negative selection bias Find funds where their main 'ethical approach' is to avoid companies by using negative screening criteria. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Balances company 'pros and cons'/best in sector Find ethical funds and other options that consider both the 'positive' things companies do and the 'negative' things they do in order to make balanced, often complex decisions about where they might invest. Such funds often invest in the best/most ethical companies across most industries ('best in sector'), rather than excluding entire sectors. The fund manager may combine this with 'responsible engagement' activity to encourage better business practices. See fund literature for specific policy explanations.
  • Over 50% large cap Find funds that invests more than half of their money into what are commonly regarded as 'large companies'. This will typically mean that the market capitalisation (or value) of the companies they hold is in excess of £5 to £10 billion.
  • Sustainability themed Find funds where there is a significant emphasis on sustainability issues either as its primary strategy or as a core strategy that compliments other criteria. (This may apply to a number of different SRI Styles). Such funds will consider environmental and social issues when making stock selection decisions. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Favours cleaner, greener companies Find funds that aim to nvest in companies with strong environmental policies and practices. This may mean it invests in smaller companies offering market leading environmental services or products and/or larger companies that are working towards the improved management of their negative impacts. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Aims to generate positive impacts Find funds that aim to help deliver positive social or environmental impacts or outcomes through their investment decisions - which typically involves holding companies that are viewed as being necessary or beneficial. Strategies and approaches vary. A small number of funds have recently started to measure outcomes (see 'Measures Impacts' in the Policy filter). This is a new area - so most funds do not do this yet. See fund literature for further information.
  • Available via an ISA Find funds that are available via a tax efficient ISA product wrapper

Corporate Activity

  • ESG/SRI engagement Find funds and fund management companies that actively encourages higher 'environmental, social and governance' and/or 'sustainable and responsible investment' practices amongst investee companies - when positive change is aligned with the best interest of investors. This may apply to a single fund or a group of funds. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Vote all* shares at AGMs/EGMs This fund manager votes or aims to vote all* the shares they own at Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meetings. A commitment to voting shares is a key indicator of 'responsible share ownership' - where fund managers consider - and express their views on - the key business issues effecting the companies they part own. (*Allowance is made for exceptional situations such as when shares are in the process of being sold.)
  • In house responsible ownership/voting expertise Find fund / fund management companies where there is in-house expertise that enables the fund manager to make their own decisions on issues such as shareholder voting, setting of in-house guidelines - for example - particularly with regard to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
  • UK Stewardship Code signatory Find fund managers that are signatories to the FRC UK Stewardship Code, which sets out a framework for constructive investor / investee relations where fund managers are encouraged to behave as responsible 'company owners'.
  • Publish Responsible Ownership/Stewardship report Find fund management companies that publish information on their approach to responsible investment ownership - also known as 'Stewardship' - following the introduction of 'the Stewardship Code'. This sets out their approach to voting, dialogue with company management and any related activity. This is publicly available.
  • Publish full voting record Find fund management companies that publishes a full record of how they vote at AGMs and EGMs. This information is publicly available.
  • Regularly lead collaborative ESG initiatives Find funds managed by fund management companies that regularly initiate or help run industry wide (collaborative) investor projects aimed at raising environmental, social and governance standards amongst investee companies.
  • PRI signatory Find fund management companies that have signed up to the UN backed 'Principles of Responsible Investment' initiative.

SRI / Ethical Policy

Although the Trust adopts positive screening as its primary method of investment selection, it also offers reassurance from a number of areas of avoidance. In particular the portfolio avoids investment in any company that is or is likely to be exposed to:

 

  • Human rights abuses
  • Tobacco and armaments manufacture
  • Products which involve experiments on animals, except for those conducted for the benefit of human or animal health
  • The generation of nuclear power

 

The Trust also avoids investments in companies which derive a material proportion (Over 10%) of their business from:

 

  • Animal fur products
  • Pornography
  • Irresponsible gambling
  • Irresponsible drinking
  • Worker exploitation or exploitative consumer practices.

 

If a company breaches this threshold, then it is likely that that company’s involvement in that excluded sector is a noteworthy part of their business and strategy.

 

Also, this threshold is deemed to be realistic and appropriate in terms of assessing a company, given that it may not be possible to always pinpoint the exact turnover derived from an excluded activity. This threshold ensures that a minimum of 90% of each holding meets the ethical criteria.

 

Finally, the Trust avoids investments in companies that have unacceptable corporate governance and mismanage social, ethical and environmental risk.

Resources, Affiliations & Corporate Strategies

The core of our process is the team of five ESG investment specialists. Although each team member is capable of working across the spectrum of financial and ESG analysis required to enact our investment process, there are specialisms. We have two fund managers, one corporate governance specialist and two analysts capable of researching companies on a global basis across the spectrum of financial and ESG issues. The team has a high level of experience and have honed and improved the process over the 14 years since it was implemented. We have a very disciplined approach to investing, based around clear principles and a framework to ensure that that individually and as a team we make consistently high quality investment decisions on behalf of our clients.

 

An external advisory committee supplements this internal expertise. Not only do they provide external, independent oversight as to the adherence to the principles and ethos of the investment process, they are also invaluable in adding to the knowledge base, which exists internally. The advisory committee consists of members from the corporate, academic, investment and charities arenas.

 

We supplement this resource with the effective use of systems. Starting with a global universe of over 18,000 companies it is important we focus our work on those areas most likely to yield strong investment ideas. It particular we use MSCI to identity companies with strong ESG performance, and CSFB Holt to identify companies with inherent value creation and strong competitive advantage. Both these tools allow us to identify where and how best to use our internal resource. At this point we will conduct our own analysis as to the suitability of a potential investment.

 

It is worth emphasising that, whether primary inputs have been internally derived or otherwise, we will never delegate the final decision as to whether a security is selected in our portfolios, given our very different philosophical approach to valuation.

 

RLAM Voting Policy:  

AXA Ethical Distribution Ret Acc Negative Ethical OEIC/Unit Trust UK Mixed Asset 24/11/2008
Blackrock LGIM Ethical UK Equity Index H Sustainability Themed Life UK Equity 28/01/2010
Threadneedle UK Social Bond Z Ret Acc Social Themed OEIC/Unit Trust UK Fixed Interest 04/12/2013 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

The Threadneedle UK Social Bond Fund brings social investment into the mainstream with a unique market approach to social investing.  The Fund, launched in partnership with Big Issue Invest, aims to build a diversified portfolio of bonds issued by organisations to deliver a clear social outcome, primarily in the UK, as well as respectable financial returns in line with those generated by mainstream UK corporate bond funds.

By investing specifically in bonds that have a clear social outcome we are encouraging the issuance of new bonds thus helping provide a new source of capital to social sector organisations. 

 

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Environmental policy Find investment funds with environmental policies - ie that consider issues such as pollution, climate change, resource management, environmental impact. This will include options from all of the different SRI Styles, including funds where their core strategy is to focus on other areas such as ethical funds. See fund information for fund specific policy details.
  • Health & wellbeing policies Find ethical or sustainable investment fund options that have a policy which supports (ie aims to invest in) companies that are viewed as offering positive lifestyle, health or wellbeing related benefits.
  • Limits exposure to carbon intensive industries Find environmental, sustainable investment, ethical fund and other options that aim to significantly reduce or limit exposure to carbon intensive industries (ie sectors which are major contributors to climate change). Funds vary - strategies may involve excluding sectors such as coal, oil & gas, mining or airlines - or may indicate a 'best in sector' approach is taken. See fund literature for details.
  • Measures positive impacts Find funds that measure the positive effect of their investment decision making on society and/or the environment. (This may involve eg carbon saved or jobs supported.) Managers aim to quantify the benefits they deliver (relative to other strategies or other benchmarks) to ensure they are delivering positive benefiting. This is a new and evolving area. See fund literature for information
  • Sustainability policy Find fund options that consider issues relating to the sustainability agenda (e.g. resource management, environmental impact, climate change and/or social issues such as equal opportunities, human rights and adherence to recognised codes). This will include funds from all of the different SRI Styles. See fund information for explanations of the different strategies.
  • Ethical policies Find funds with 'traditional' ethical investment policies. These typically focus on avoiding companies that are involved in the armaments industry, tobacco, gambling and/or pornography. Options will include funds where their core strategy or style may be to focus other issues - like sustainability or the environment, not just 'ethical funds'. Strategies vary significantly. Check fund literature for details.
  • Social policy Find fund options that consider social issues (e.g. human rights, labour standards, equal opportunities, child labour and adherence to internationally recognised codes such as the UN Global Compact). This will include funds in most of the different SRI Styles as this is considered a core issue. See fund information for detail.
  • Governance policy Find fund options that have policies that relate to corporate governance issues such as board structure, executive remuneration, bribery and/or corporate corruption. These funds will typically avoid companies with poor practices.
  • Animal welfare policy Find ethical fund options that have policies that require specific animal welfare standards to be adopted by investee companies in order for them to be considered for inclusion within the fund.
  • Nuclear exclusion policy Find ethical funds (and other options) that have a published policy that sets out the fund's position on avoiding or limiting exposure to nuclear power. See fund literature for details of their policy.
  • Animal testing exclusion policy Find ethical investment options that avoid companies that are involved in testing their products on animals. Ethical fund strategies vary - some exclude all companies that test on animals, others allow companies that test for medical purposes or where required by law. Read fund details for fund specific information.
  • Tobacco production avoided Find fund options that exclude manufacturers of tobacco (or related) products. This typically relates to ethical funds however funds from other SRI Styles commonly avoid this area also. Strategies vary and funds may invest in retailers of such products (e.g. supermarkets or hotels.) See fund information for further information.
  • Armaments manufacturers avoided Find ethical fund (and other SRI) options that avoid avoids companies that manufacture products intended specifically for military use. Fund strategies vary - particularly with regard to non strategic military products. Read fund literature for specific details.
  • Coal, oil &/or gas majors excluded Find sustainable investment and ethical fund options that avoid significant involvement in coal, oil and/or gas producing companies. Funds vary. See individual fund literature to confirm details.
  • Climate change / GHG policy Find sustainable investment and ethical fund options that pay significant attention to climate change related issues such as greenhouse gas/carbon emissions. Strategies vary, see fund literature for individual fund information.
  • Invests in clean energy/renewables Find ethical, sustainable investment and other environmentally aware fund options that aim to invest in companies in the clean technology and renewable energy sectors. Fund strategies vary. Some funds may have limited exposure to this area, others may have significant exposure. Check fund literature for details.
  • Human rights Find funds that consider human rights practices when approving companies for investment. Such funds will require decent standards of human rights to be demonstrated - which typically means adherence to international norms as a minimum standard.

SRI Features

  • Positive selection bias Find funds where their main 'ethical approach' is to invest in companies that are considered to be positive/good or useful to people and/or the environment. The fund may also have negative avoidance criteria - see fund details to read more about fund strategies.
  • Negative selection bias Find funds where their main 'ethical approach' is to avoid companies by using negative screening criteria. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Sustainability themed Find funds where there is a significant emphasis on sustainability issues either as its primary strategy or as a core strategy that compliments other criteria. (This may apply to a number of different SRI Styles). Such funds will consider environmental and social issues when making stock selection decisions. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Favours cleaner, greener companies Find funds that aim to nvest in companies with strong environmental policies and practices. This may mean it invests in smaller companies offering market leading environmental services or products and/or larger companies that are working towards the improved management of their negative impacts. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Favours companies with strong social policies Find funds that invest in line with positive strategies that relate to 'people' issues - such as having strong human rights, labour standards and equal opportunities practices. Such funds are likely to invest in companies that have market leading standards with regard to employee and supplier practices. Read fund literature for further information.

Corporate Activity

  • ESG/SRI engagement Find funds and fund management companies that actively encourages higher 'environmental, social and governance' and/or 'sustainable and responsible investment' practices amongst investee companies - when positive change is aligned with the best interest of investors. This may apply to a single fund or a group of funds. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Integrates ESG factors into all/most fund research Find fund management companies that research environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues when deciding whether or not to invest in a company. This typically applies to all funds, not only those which are promoted as being 'ethical' or 'SRI themed'. This is increasingly often used as a risk management tool.

SRI / Ethical Policy

The core premise for the UK Social Bond Fund is that we believe that:

  • There is a significant investment opportunity for bonds to generate both attractive risk-adjusted financial returns and positive social outcomes.
  • Bonds with attractive yield, liquidity and social characteristics can deliver a diversified portfolio with daily liquidity.
  • Our partnership with Big Issue Invest validates and enhances the social outcome of the portfolio.

The investment policy is to maximise exposure to socially beneficial activities and development, based on assessments produced under the Fund’s Social Assessment Methodology. This methodology uses a social universe derived from the constituents of the Merrill Lynch £ Non-Gilt Index (c.1,050 bonds), together with a select number of non-benchmark bonds. These are weighted and mapped across into the eight key social outcome fields. This forms a social universe of around 350 - 400 securities.

In addition, these bonds also need to have either yield or liquidity or both as shown in the diagram. We refine the pool of potential investments based on the combined analysis of our investment grade credit team (yield and liquidity) and our governance and responsible investment (GRI) team (degree of social impact and intensity). A proportion of the Fund will be in highly liquid but lower yielding instruments, with the remaining proportion in less liquid instruments and charity bonds.

From this universe of potential investments, the portfolio manager uses an innovative Social Assessment Methodology, to evaluate the ‘social intensity’ of qualifying bonds, with each security ranked as high, medium or low social intensity. Investments are taken from this universe and analysed by GRI team. The portfolio manager then takes these social aspects into account when building a diversified and socially-balanced portfolio, which meets the required liquidity and financial returns requirements.

The portfolio manager has ultimate responsibility for portfolio construction. The portfolio will be well-diversified, with a minimum of 80% in domestically-focused bonds. Securities will predominantly be investment grade, with some unrated bonds and smaller issues especially when they have high social value. 

Particular attention is paid to managing liquidity, through holding more liquid social investments and cash, for the purposes of servicing the daily liquidity requirements of the portfolio.

The Fund’s Social Advisory Committee plays a key role in monitoring the construction and ongoing management of the portfolio and meets formally each quarter, as well as on an ad hoc basis when appropriate. Its remit includes the application of the Social Assessment Methodology across the portfolio; advising the portfolio manager on the social intensity of existing and potential investments; and challenging, where appropriate, the social analysis and social footprint of the strategy’s portfolio.

Social Assessment Methodology

Big Issue Invest, working with our GRI team, has developed a Social Assessment Methodology that positively screens all bonds with a focus on the degree to which they deliver positive social outcomes across eight areas: affordable housing; education; employment and training; health and social care; financial inclusion; community services; transport and communication infrastructure; utilities and the environment.  To assess the overall social intensity of qualifying bonds we use the methodology framework to guide investment decisions from a social perspective. Potential investments are reviewed to assess their overall ‘social intensity’ also noting the demographic characteristics of the issuer.

Additional note: 

As a company, we have a long standing history of charitable giving and have our own Foundation. The Foundation, a dedicated entity through which the company provides support for charitable activities, receives a proportion of the profits from this Fund.

 

Resources, Affiliations & Corporate Strategies

Our main focus is on proprietary internal research where we use the analysis of our highly qualified investment professionals from the Fixed Income team, the Governance and Responsible investment team along with the Equity team to generate an investment advantage. We also receive information from digital media sources (e.g Bloomberg, Reuters, Moody’s etc), major brokers, smaller regional brokerage houses and other sources such as conferences, trade journals and other media e.g. newspapers and magazines. 

Simon Bond is the lead portfolio manager and has ultimate responsibility for investment decisions in the Fund. He is a senior portfolio manager in our investment grade credit team which has been managing investment grade bonds since the firm’s formation in 1994. Simon has a long association with social outcome related investing, having started his career analysing Housing Association bonds in the late 1980’s. He is part of the wider fixed income group that comprises 86 experienced fund managers with an average of 18 years’ industry experience. 

Our Governance and Responsible Investment team, led by Iain Richards, has an established environmental, social and governance approach that forms a screening process which is integrated into the overall investment approach used to manage the strategy. The Fund employs both negative screens and positive screens. The team has an average of 13 years’ industry experience.

Big Issue Invest acts as Social Advisor to the strategy, via the Social Advisory Committee. The Committee has six members, comprising three representatives from Big Issue Invest, two representatives from Columbia Threadneedle and an independent member. The Committee’s role is to advise, review and challenge the strategy’s investments from a social performance perspective. The Committee meets quarterly and also holds an annual meeting to review the portfolio and strategy’s investment methodology from a strategic perspective.

Additional note:

We are also a founding signatory to the UN backed Principles for Responsible Investment, as well as signatory to the UK Stewardship Code, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the Carbon Disclosure project. We are an active member of a number of other responsible investment initiatives including (amongst others): the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, the European Social investment Forum, the Global Governance Forum.

Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Sustainability A GBP Acc Sustainability Themed OEIC/Unit Trust Asia Pacific Equity 19/12/2005 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

The Stewart Investors sustainability portfolios aim to generate long-term, risk-adjusted returns for clients by investing in companies which are positioned to benefit from, and contribute to, the sustainable development of the countries in which they operate. Investment decisions around sustainability are based on three key points: Identifying companies who manage sustainability risks and opportunities and those with a positive sustainability impact; Inclusion of environmental, social and corporate governance matters in investment research; Engaging directly with companies on identified sustainability issues. At the heart of the Stewart Investors philosophy is the principle of stewardship. We are active owners and stewards of the companies in which we invest.

 

Our emphasis is on sustainable development and not ‘green’, ‘clean tech’ or ‘ethical’ investing and while we do no formal negative screening, we are unlikely to invest in companies operating in high risk sectors, because of their poor long-term sustainable development positioning.

 

SRI / themed / ethical assets under management – overview

 

  • Fund Size (GBP):   £436 million as at 31 March 2017
  • Total value of SRI/ethical/environmental/ social/ environmental or sustainability themed funds under management:   £13 billion managed by the Stewart Investors Sustainable Funds Group
  • Total value of assets covered by responsible ownership policy:   n/a
  • Total assets under management:   £23.8 billion as at 31 March 2017

 

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Sustainability policy Find fund options that consider issues relating to the sustainability agenda (e.g. resource management, environmental impact, climate change and/or social issues such as equal opportunities, human rights and adherence to recognised codes). This will include funds from all of the different SRI Styles. See fund information for explanations of the different strategies.
  • Human rights Find funds that consider human rights practices when approving companies for investment. Such funds will require decent standards of human rights to be demonstrated - which typically means adherence to international norms as a minimum standard.

SRI Features

  • RSMR Rated Find funds that are rated by research agency 'Rayner Spencer Mills Research' (awarded 'RSMR SRI Rated' status). Read fund literature on contact RSMR for further information.
  • Sustainability themed Find funds where there is a significant emphasis on sustainability issues either as its primary strategy or as a core strategy that compliments other criteria. (This may apply to a number of different SRI Styles). Such funds will consider environmental and social issues when making stock selection decisions. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Aims to generate positive impacts Find funds that aim to help deliver positive social or environmental impacts or outcomes through their investment decisions - which typically involves holding companies that are viewed as being necessary or beneficial. Strategies and approaches vary. A small number of funds have recently started to measure outcomes (see 'Measures Impacts' in the Policy filter). This is a new area - so most funds do not do this yet. See fund literature for further information.
  • Available via an ISA Find funds that are available via a tax efficient ISA product wrapper

Corporate Activity

  • ESG/SRI engagement Find funds and fund management companies that actively encourages higher 'environmental, social and governance' and/or 'sustainable and responsible investment' practices amongst investee companies - when positive change is aligned with the best interest of investors. This may apply to a single fund or a group of funds. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Vote all* shares at AGMs/EGMs This fund manager votes or aims to vote all* the shares they own at Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meetings. A commitment to voting shares is a key indicator of 'responsible share ownership' - where fund managers consider - and express their views on - the key business issues effecting the companies they part own. (*Allowance is made for exceptional situations such as when shares are in the process of being sold.)
  • In house responsible ownership/voting expertise Find fund / fund management companies where there is in-house expertise that enables the fund manager to make their own decisions on issues such as shareholder voting, setting of in-house guidelines - for example - particularly with regard to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
  • PRI signatory Find fund management companies that have signed up to the UN backed 'Principles of Responsible Investment' initiative.

SRI / Ethical Policy

The principle of stewardship is central to Stewart Investors’ investment philosophy and has been since 1988. All the Stewart Investors’ investment strategies strive to integrate sustainability considerations into every investment decision. It is not treated as an optional bolt-on. The Sustainable Funds Group within the wider investment team takes this one step further by focusing on long-term sustainable development as a key driver of the investment process. Sustainability is an integral component of the investment process, and is viewed as a driver of returns in common with consideration of other investment factors.

 

We believe our job is to entrust our clients’ capital to good quality companies with strong management teams and sound long-term growth prospects.

 

Each investment is a decision to purchase not a piece of paper or an electronic Bloomberg ticker, but part of a real business with all the rights and responsibilities that go with this ‘share’ of the ownership of the company. We take these rights and responsibilities seriously. We also believe the way we behave as investment professionals and the role we play in the broader industry are important for our own sustainability.

We seek to invest only in good quality companies. We focus on the quality of management, franchise and financials. By analysing the sustainable development performance and positioning of companies we can better measure less tangible elements of quality and identify less obvious risks. We invest in those companies we believe are particularly well positioned to deliver positive long-term returns in the face of the huge sustainable development challenges facing all countries today. Our emphasis is on sustainable development and not ‘green’, ‘clean tech’ or ‘ethical’ investing.

 

We are long-term investors. We strive to make investment decisions with a minimum five-year time horizon. We have an absolute return mind-set, defining risk as losing client money, rather than deviation from any benchmark index. We focus as much on the potential downside of our investment decisions as on the anticipated upside. The identification of long-term sustainable development risks thus becomes an extremely important way of managing risk. In addition, our willingness to differ substantially from index weightings, both country and company, means we are not obliged to be invested in any company or country if we have particular sustainability concerns.

 

 

Resources, Affiliations & Corporate Strategies

Overview of resources, affiliations and corporate strategies:

(e.g. What inhouse/external research resources are employed? What is the fund manager’s role? Who does what? What external organisations do you subcontract to or work alongside?)

 

The emphasis is very much on the Stewart Investors team of analysts to identify and analyse companies, and sustainability and investment issues. The primary source of sustainability related information is one-on-one meetings with senior management. We undertake approximately 1300 such meetings each year across Stewart Investors. We are particularly interested in companies which embrace the underlying spirit of sustainability, rather than simply taking a compliance driven, box-ticking approach. Assessing the attitude and priorities of senior management is crucial.

 

We augment internal research with the use of external research. We are now able to drive and tender research to a range of researchers, from investment banks to non-government organisations (NGOs) and independent consultants that we believe will contribute to and enhance our investment decision making over time. Some themes that we have tendered include:

 

  • Diversity in corporate Asia;
  • Sales practices of Asian pharmaceuticals;
  • GEM leaders in packaging solutions;
  • US remuneration practices;
  • ESG leaders in mining; and
  • Fossil fuel dependent capital equipment companies.

 

Our current and previous tenders can be viewed on our website. http://www.stewartinvestors.com/en/research-tenders/

 

 

OMW Jupiter Ecology Pn Environmentally Themed Pension Global Equity 23/02/2007 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

This pension product is linked to the "Jupiter Ecology" fund. More detailed information on its SRI / Ethical approach can be found under that fund in the "OEIC" Product listing.

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Invests in clean energy/renewables Find ethical, sustainable investment and other environmentally aware fund options that aim to invest in companies in the clean technology and renewable energy sectors. Fund strategies vary. Some funds may have limited exposure to this area, others may have significant exposure. Check fund literature for details.

SRI Features

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L&G Kames Ethical Equity Pn G25 Negative Ethical Pension UK Equity 13/04/2006 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

This pension product is linked to the "Kames Ethical Equity" fund. More detailed information on its SRI / Ethical approach can be found under that fund in the "OEIC" Product listing.

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Ethical policies Find funds with 'traditional' ethical investment policies. These typically focus on avoiding companies that are involved in the armaments industry, tobacco, gambling and/or pornography. Options will include funds where their core strategy or style may be to focus other issues - like sustainability or the environment, not just 'ethical funds'. Strategies vary significantly. Check fund literature for details.

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Standard Life Investments UK Ethical Pn S1 Negative Ethical Pension UK Unclassified 30/06/1998 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

This pension product is linked to the "Standard Life Inv UK Ethical" fund. More detailed information on its SRI / Ethical approach can be found under that fund in the "OEIC" Product listing. 

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Ethical policies Find funds with 'traditional' ethical investment policies. These typically focus on avoiding companies that are involved in the armaments industry, tobacco, gambling and/or pornography. Options will include funds where their core strategy or style may be to focus other issues - like sustainability or the environment, not just 'ethical funds'. Strategies vary significantly. Check fund literature for details.

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UK Mixed Assets

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Phoenix Wealth Kames Ethical Corporate Bond Pn S4 Negative Ethical Pension UK Fixed Interest 20/10/2008 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

This pension product is linked to the "Kames Ethical Corporate Bond" fund. More detailed information on its SRI / Ethical approach can be found under that fund in the "OEIC" Product listing. 

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Ethical policies Find funds with 'traditional' ethical investment policies. These typically focus on avoiding companies that are involved in the armaments industry, tobacco, gambling and/or pornography. Options will include funds where their core strategy or style may be to focus other issues - like sustainability or the environment, not just 'ethical funds'. Strategies vary significantly. Check fund literature for details.

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OMW EdenTree Amity European Pn Ethically Balanced Pension Europe Ex-UK Equity 17/10/2008 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

This pension product is linked to the "EdenTree Amity European" fund. More detailed information on its SRI / Ethical approach can be found under that fund in the "OEIC" Product listing.

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Ethical policies Find funds with 'traditional' ethical investment policies. These typically focus on avoiding companies that are involved in the armaments industry, tobacco, gambling and/or pornography. Options will include funds where their core strategy or style may be to focus other issues - like sustainability or the environment, not just 'ethical funds'. Strategies vary significantly. Check fund literature for details.

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Standard Life SLI Ethical Corporate Bond S1 Negative Ethical Life Not Set Fixed Interest 11/03/2013 More Info (click to view)

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SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Ethical policies Find funds with 'traditional' ethical investment policies. These typically focus on avoiding companies that are involved in the armaments industry, tobacco, gambling and/or pornography. Options will include funds where their core strategy or style may be to focus other issues - like sustainability or the environment, not just 'ethical funds'. Strategies vary significantly. Check fund literature for details.

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Trojan Ethical Income I Acc Unclassified OEIC/Unit Trust UK Equity Income 06/01/2016 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

The investment objective of the Trojan Ethical Income Fund is to provide income with the potential for capital growth in the medium term. The Trojan Ethical Income Fund is a UK equity income fund, managed with the same investment philosophy and approach as the Trojan Income Fund, however the Fund will invest in accordance with the parameters of its ethical investment criteria, which consider ethical issues in relation to fossil fuels, pornography, tobacco and certain types of armaments. We have also proposed extending the ethical criteria, which would restrict investments related to alcohol, high interest rate lending and gambling. The Fund delivered a yield of 3.3% in its first year.

 

SRI / themed / ethical assets under management – overview

  • Fund Size (GBP): £57 m
  • Total value of SRI/ethical/environmental/ social/ environmental or sustainability themed funds under management: £57 m
  • Total value of assets covered by responsible ownership policy: £9,472m
  • Total assets under management: £9,472m

(All data as at 31st March 2017, unless stated otherwise)

 

 

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Ethical policies Find funds with 'traditional' ethical investment policies. These typically focus on avoiding companies that are involved in the armaments industry, tobacco, gambling and/or pornography. Options will include funds where their core strategy or style may be to focus other issues - like sustainability or the environment, not just 'ethical funds'. Strategies vary significantly. Check fund literature for details.
  • Tobacco production avoided Find fund options that exclude manufacturers of tobacco (or related) products. This typically relates to ethical funds however funds from other SRI Styles commonly avoid this area also. Strategies vary and funds may invest in retailers of such products (e.g. supermarkets or hotels.) See fund information for further information.
  • Armaments manufacturers avoided Find ethical fund (and other SRI) options that avoid avoids companies that manufacture products intended specifically for military use. Fund strategies vary - particularly with regard to non strategic military products. Read fund literature for specific details.
  • Coal, oil &/or gas majors excluded Find sustainable investment and ethical fund options that avoid significant involvement in coal, oil and/or gas producing companies. Funds vary. See individual fund literature to confirm details.
  • Fracking and tar sands excluded Find fund options that avoid companies involved in fracking and tar sands - which are widely regarded as more controversial methods of oil and gas extraction.
  • Pornography avoidance policy Find ethical fund option - and in some cases other options - that avoid companies that derive significant income from pornography. See fund details for further information.

SRI Features

  • Negative selection bias Find funds where their main 'ethical approach' is to avoid companies by using negative screening criteria. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Over 50% large cap Find funds that invests more than half of their money into what are commonly regarded as 'large companies'. This will typically mean that the market capitalisation (or value) of the companies they hold is in excess of £5 to £10 billion.
  • Strictly screened ethical fund Find funds that have a high level of negative ethical avoidance. These funds are likely to exclude more companies than other ethical (and SRI) fund options. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Limited/few ethical exclusions* Funds with this label tend to avoid fewer companies than other ethical funds or other options with avoidance criteria. Strategies vary. The fund may only avoid companies in one or two areas (eg only exclude tobacco or armaments companies) or they may exclude only the very worst companies when measured against internationally accepted standards (across potentially a range of areas). Read fund literature for further information.
  • Available via an ISA Find funds that are available via a tax efficient ISA product wrapper

Corporate Activity

  • ESG/SRI engagement Find funds and fund management companies that actively encourages higher 'environmental, social and governance' and/or 'sustainable and responsible investment' practices amongst investee companies - when positive change is aligned with the best interest of investors. This may apply to a single fund or a group of funds. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Vote all* shares at AGMs/EGMs This fund manager votes or aims to vote all* the shares they own at Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meetings. A commitment to voting shares is a key indicator of 'responsible share ownership' - where fund managers consider - and express their views on - the key business issues effecting the companies they part own. (*Allowance is made for exceptional situations such as when shares are in the process of being sold.)
  • In house responsible ownership/voting expertise Find fund / fund management companies where there is in-house expertise that enables the fund manager to make their own decisions on issues such as shareholder voting, setting of in-house guidelines - for example - particularly with regard to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
  • PRI signatory Find fund management companies that have signed up to the UN backed 'Principles of Responsible Investment' initiative.
  • Boutique/specialist fund manager Find options offered by smaller, more specialist fund management companies with a significant (or entire) emphasis on sustainable, responsible, ethical, ESG or responsible ownership related investment strategies. Note - strategies vary significantly. Check fund manager supplied links for further information.

SRI / Ethical Policy

The present ethical investment criteria mean that the Sub-fund will not invest in any organisation which:

Armaments - (a) generates more than 10% of its total turnover from strategic military supplies relating to conventional weapons and/or (b) produces key parts of, or provides services for, cluster munitions systems, and/or (c) is alleged to have contravened the convention on anti-personnel mines in the last ten years and which has not addressed the allegations, and/or (d) manufactures products, or provides services, which are all or part of a nuclear weapons system.

Tobacco - makes more than 10% of its total turnover from tobacco products.

Pornography - derives more than 3% of its total turnover from pornography or adult entertainment.

Fossil Fuels - (a) derives more than 33% of its total turnover from the refining or extraction of, or generation of power from, fossil fuels and/or (b) derives more than 10% of its turnover from coal mining activities. Companies whose listing falls within the Oil & Gas sector are also excluded.

The following further exclusions are currently pending approval from the FCA:

Alcohol - derives more than 10% of its total turnover from the sale or production of alcohol.

Gambling - derives more than 10% of its total turnover from gambling (including spread betting).

High Interest Rate Lending - derives more than 25% of its total turnover from high interest rate lending (high interest being defined as lending at an annual percentage rate (APR) of over 100%).

 

 

Resources, Affiliations & Corporate Strategies

Hugo Ure manages the Trojan Ethical Income Fund.

Hugo graduated from Oxford University in 1999 and joined Kleinwort Benson in 2004 where he focused on equity analysis until his move to Troy in January 2009.  As well as being the primary manager of the Trojan Ethical Income Fund, Hugo has primary responsibility for a £76m segregated account for a charity.  He is co-manager of Troy Income & Growth Trust plc and assistant manager of the Trojan Income Fund. Hugo is a CFA charterholder.

We try to keep the investment process as simple and intuitive as possible. We only invest in those companies that we feel we thoroughly understand and that we believe have enduring qualities that will allow an investment to compound in value over the long term. We aim to own and not trade investments, so we have to be confident in the ability of a business to deliver growing cash flows into the future.

Troy has a rigorous focus on quality. We invest in businesses with high returns on invested capital which we consider to be sustained by durable competitive advantages. We favour stable and growing companies with a strongly differentiated product or service that new or existing rivals struggle to copy. These are companies with low risk to their earnings that permit sustained high levels of profitability. We also pay particular attention to how management allocates capital and typically avoid highly acquisitive and indebted companies.

Having identified companies that meet our quality criteria, we consider making an investment only when, in our view, three further conditions are met: first, their balance sheets are soundly financed so that management can allocate capital flexibly; second, they are managed by people that act in the best interests of shareholders; and lastly, when their shares are quoted at a price that underestimates future cash flows. We believe this combination of owning high quality companies, purchased at reasonable prices gives us the defensive characteristics we seek.

The first part of the research process is populating and maintaining Troy’s investment universe of approximately 200 stocks that meet our quality criteria. All members of the investment team, including the fund managers, have responsibility for idea generation and research. We do not allocate stock, sector or geographic responsibilities to particular analysts as we consider it to be important that all members of the team are able to compare the merits of a wide spectrum of investments. This ensures pooled responsibility for our investments and healthy internal discussion.

The Trojan Ethical Income Fund’s investment universe excludes approximately 10% of companies from Troy’s overall investment universe of 200 stocks on the basis of its ethical investment criteria.

Troy’s fundamental investment process is supported by VigeoEiris, a leading provider of ESG research, who underpin the ethical screening process and provide additional input on environmental, social and governance issues.

The Investment Manager employs Ethical Investment Research Services (EIRIS) Limited (“EIRIS”) to provide an ethical screening service and research in respect of the Sub-fund.  The Investment Manager shall, for a fee agreed between the Investment Manager and EIRIS, which the Investment Manager shall bear, obtain data and research from EIRIS involving monitoring the behaviour and activities of businesses according to the Sub-fund’s ethical investment criteria. The Investment Manager will use the data and research provided by EIRIS as an element of the investment process.

Where an investment is identified as no longer meeting the Sub-fund’s ethical investment criteria, the Investment Manager will seek to sell the investment within the following 90 days. The prices at which such an investment can be sold in these circumstances may be lower than the prices that might otherwise have been realised for the investment if such a sale was not required.

Investors should note that this document sets out the Sub-fund’s ethical investment criteria as they currently stand.  However, the Investment Manager hopes that investors and prospective investors will understand that the process of investing on a socially responsible basis is constantly evolving.  Therefore, the Investment Manager’s approach, and that of EIRIS, may change which, in turn, may mean that the Sub-fund’s ethical investment criteria may be amended from time to time.

 

 

Zurich Kames Ethical Equity ZP Negative Ethical Pension UK Equity 31/07/2006 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

This pension product is linked to the "Kames Ethical Equity" fund. More detailed information on its SRI / Ethical approach can be found under that fund in the "OEIC" Product listing. 

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Ethical policies Find funds with 'traditional' ethical investment policies. These typically focus on avoiding companies that are involved in the armaments industry, tobacco, gambling and/or pornography. Options will include funds where their core strategy or style may be to focus other issues - like sustainability or the environment, not just 'ethical funds'. Strategies vary significantly. Check fund literature for details.

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Aviva Liontrust Sustainable Future European Growth Pn S2 Sustainability Themed Pension Europe Ex-UK Equity 06/04/2001 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

This pension product is linked to the "Liontrust Sustainable Future European Growth" fund. More detailed information on its SRI / Ethical approach can be found under that fund in the "OEIC" Product listing. 

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Sustainability policy Find fund options that consider issues relating to the sustainability agenda (e.g. resource management, environmental impact, climate change and/or social issues such as equal opportunities, human rights and adherence to recognised codes). This will include funds from all of the different SRI Styles. See fund information for explanations of the different strategies.

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EdenTree Amity Short Dated Bond B Gr Unc Sustainability Themed OEIC/Unit Trust Global Fixed Interest 03/09/2017 More Info (click to view)

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SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Tobacco production avoided Find fund options that exclude manufacturers of tobacco (or related) products. This typically relates to ethical funds however funds from other SRI Styles commonly avoid this area also. Strategies vary and funds may invest in retailers of such products (e.g. supermarkets or hotels.) See fund information for further information.
  • Armaments manufacturers avoided Find ethical fund (and other SRI) options that avoid avoids companies that manufacture products intended specifically for military use. Fund strategies vary - particularly with regard to non strategic military products. Read fund literature for specific details.
  • Alcohol production excluded This filter helps you to find ethical funds - and other options - that avoid investment in alcohol production. See fund literature for further information.
  • Gambling avoidance policy Find ethical fund options (and other options) that avoid companies with significant involvement in the gambling industry. See fund policy for details.
  • Pornography avoidance policy Find ethical fund option - and in some cases other options - that avoid companies that derive significant income from pornography. See fund details for further information.
  • Sustainability policy Find fund options that consider issues relating to the sustainability agenda (e.g. resource management, environmental impact, climate change and/or social issues such as equal opportunities, human rights and adherence to recognised codes). This will include funds from all of the different SRI Styles. See fund information for explanations of the different strategies.

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Zurich Sterling Jupiter Ecology Environmentally Themed Life Global Equity 16/03/2009
Pru LGIM Ethical UK Equity Index Pn Ethically Balanced Pension UK Equity 03/07/2015
L&G Ethical Global Equity Index Pn Sustainability Themed Pension Global Equity 11/05/2010
SLFC Green Pn Environmentally Themed Pension Global Equity 26/06/1992
Pru L&G Ethical Global Equity Index Pn Sustainability Themed Pension Global Equity 11/07/2011 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

This pension product is linked to the "L&G Ethical" fund. More detailed information on its SRI / Ethical approach can be found under that fund in the "OEIC" Product listing.

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Ethical policies Find funds with 'traditional' ethical investment policies. These typically focus on avoiding companies that are involved in the armaments industry, tobacco, gambling and/or pornography. Options will include funds where their core strategy or style may be to focus other issues - like sustainability or the environment, not just 'ethical funds'. Strategies vary significantly. Check fund literature for details.

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OMW Aberdeen Ethical World Equity Pn Ethically Balanced Pension Global Equity 28/06/2006 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

This pension product is linked to the "Aberdeen Ethical World" fund. More detailed information on its SRI / Ethical approach can be found under that fund in the "OEIC" Product listing.  

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Ethical policies Find funds with 'traditional' ethical investment policies. These typically focus on avoiding companies that are involved in the armaments industry, tobacco, gambling and/or pornography. Options will include funds where their core strategy or style may be to focus other issues - like sustainability or the environment, not just 'ethical funds'. Strategies vary significantly. Check fund literature for details.

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Kames Ethical Corporate Bond A Acc Negative Ethical OEIC/Unit Trust UK Fixed Interest 28/04/2000 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

We launched our first ethical equity fund in 1989. Since then, we have broadened our ethical capabilities to include ethical corporate bond and cautious managed funds. Today we are distinctive among fund providers in offering such a broad suite of ethical products. Some of the characteristics of our ethical proposition are:

  • We are committed to ethical investing
  • Ethical companies make good investments.
  • ‘Dark green’ funds operate strict ethical principles.
  • Our ethical funds are rated by Morningstar OBSR.
  • A 2014 survey named Kames Capital as one of only three ethical investment providers to be used by over 70% of financial advisers which are members of the Ethical Investment Association. 

 

SRI / themed / ethical assets under management – overview

  • Fund Size (GBP): £493.47 million as at 31/05/2017
  • Total value of SRI/ethical/environmental/ social/ environmental or sustainability themed funds under management: £1,748.84 million as at 31/05/2017
  • Total assets under management: £45,335 million as at 31/03/2017

 

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Environmental policy Find investment funds with environmental policies - ie that consider issues such as pollution, climate change, resource management, environmental impact. This will include options from all of the different SRI Styles, including funds where their core strategy is to focus on other areas such as ethical funds. See fund information for fund specific policy details.
  • Ethical policies Find funds with 'traditional' ethical investment policies. These typically focus on avoiding companies that are involved in the armaments industry, tobacco, gambling and/or pornography. Options will include funds where their core strategy or style may be to focus other issues - like sustainability or the environment, not just 'ethical funds'. Strategies vary significantly. Check fund literature for details.
  • Animal welfare policy Find ethical fund options that have policies that require specific animal welfare standards to be adopted by investee companies in order for them to be considered for inclusion within the fund.
  • Tobacco production avoided Find fund options that exclude manufacturers of tobacco (or related) products. This typically relates to ethical funds however funds from other SRI Styles commonly avoid this area also. Strategies vary and funds may invest in retailers of such products (e.g. supermarkets or hotels.) See fund information for further information.
  • Armaments manufacturers avoided Find ethical fund (and other SRI) options that avoid avoids companies that manufacture products intended specifically for military use. Fund strategies vary - particularly with regard to non strategic military products. Read fund literature for specific details.
  • Nuclear exclusion policy Find ethical funds (and other options) that have a published policy that sets out the fund's position on avoiding or limiting exposure to nuclear power. See fund literature for details of their policy.
  • Alcohol production excluded This filter helps you to find ethical funds - and other options - that avoid investment in alcohol production. See fund literature for further information.
  • Gambling avoidance policy Find ethical fund options (and other options) that avoid companies with significant involvement in the gambling industry. See fund policy for details.
  • Pornography avoidance policy Find ethical fund option - and in some cases other options - that avoid companies that derive significant income from pornography. See fund details for further information.
  • Human rights Find funds that consider human rights practices when approving companies for investment. Such funds will require decent standards of human rights to be demonstrated - which typically means adherence to international norms as a minimum standard.

SRI Features

  • RSMR Rated Find funds that are rated by research agency 'Rayner Spencer Mills Research' (awarded 'RSMR SRI Rated' status). Read fund literature on contact RSMR for further information.
  • Negative selection bias Find funds where their main 'ethical approach' is to avoid companies by using negative screening criteria. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Strictly screened ethical fund Find funds that have a high level of negative ethical avoidance. These funds are likely to exclude more companies than other ethical (and SRI) fund options. Read fund literature for further information.

Corporate Activity

  • PRI signatory Find fund management companies that have signed up to the UN backed 'Principles of Responsible Investment' initiative.

SRI / Ethical Policy

All three of Kames Capital’s ethical funds apply the same ‘negative’ screen. This means that we screen companies out of the potential investment universe based on certain unacceptable activities. Because we apply stringent screening criteria, our funds are considered ‘dark green’. We do not screen out whole sectors, but some may largely be excluded because of the nature of their business activities.

Our screening criteria are clear and explicit. Certain ethical issues, however, are not black or white. Our 20 years’ experience of managing ethical investments means we can consider these issues appropriately when they arise.

We do not apply ‘positive screening’ criteria like some other funds. The funds may invest in themes that could be considered ‘socially responsible’, like alternative energy or social housing companies, but only if these companies pass our negative screens.

We aim for transparency in our screening process. This means it is easy for clients to understand the types of companies we exclude. Our underlying philosophy is to avoid companies that cause significant negative effects in society or the environment. 

We use both external screening databases and in-house research to ensure companies meet our ethical criteria and are suitable for investment. Our Corporate Governance team focuses on the screening and research, freeing our fund managers to focus solely on stock selection and portfolio construction.

Our ‘dark green’ screen is ideally suited to investors looking for a more stringent ethical philosophy. It adopts a negative approach that screens companies out of our funds’ potential investment universe if they engage in certain unacceptable activities. Examples of our screening process are shown below:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Military
  • Nuclear power
  • Environment
  • Political Donations
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Gambling
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Pornography
  • Banks
  • Oppressive Regimes

Kames Capital aims to be a responsible investor. We ensure that we identify and understand the key environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks for each of the companies, industries and sectors that we invest in. We do this because evidence suggests that companies who rank among the leaders in governance and sustainability tend to outperform as investments over the long term.

Our approach to responsible investment is consistent with the UK Stewardship Code. The Code sets out good practice Principles on engagement with investee companies which UK-based institutional investors should aspire to. You can download our compliance statement from our website.

We are also a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI). The UN PRI is the principal international investor initiative to drive the integration of environmental, social and governance issues into investment decision making. The initiative places a formal requirement on signatories to be active, responsible shareholders and report annually on activities and progress in a transparent manner.

 

Resources, Affiliations & Corporate Strategies

Our corporate governance team is responsible for the analysis of relevant environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. They are responsible for identifying the key ESG risks for each of the companies, industries and sectors that we invest in and in turn providing our fund managers with succinct, relevant data that could have investment consequences. Our corporate governance team is linked to equivalent individuals in other Aegon Asset Management country offices.

We use a range of data sources for ESG research purposes and these resources have increased significantly in the last few years as the quality of the data available has improved.  Resources currently include:

  • MSCI ESG Manager – company ESG research platform
  • EIRIS Portfolio Manager – company ESG research platform
  • ASSET4 assetmasterProfessional –  company ESG research platform
  • RiskMetrics ProxyExchange – proxy voting research and processing
  • The Association of British Insurers (ABI) IVIS proxy voting research service 
  • BoardEx - corporate board and remuneration database
  • Specialist databases, such as UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and Extractives Industry Transparency Directive (EITI)
  • Specialist research from brokers and academics
  • Various specialist journal subscriptions

A strong relationship exists between our corporate governance team and our fund managers, which enables material non-financial information to be incorporated into our investment processes. ESG research reports produced by our corporate governance team sit alongside all the other existing investment research undertaken by our fund managers on a given security. The corporate governance team also provide relevant news-flow and commentary on ESG issues to our fund managers that they might not receive from other sources.  

Our fund managers consider ESG research alongside other relevant financial and non-financial factors in the investment decision-making process. The importance that the fund manager attaches to ESG issues is in proportion to their ability to influence security prices.

 

Kames Global Sustainable Equity Fund Sustainability Themed OEIC/Unit Trust Global Equity 21/04/2016 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

We launched our first ethical equity fund in 1989 and since then have broadened our ethical capabilities to include ethical corporate bond and ethical cautious managed funds. Furthermore, we launched a Global Sustainable Fund in April 2016 to increase the options available for our clients. Today we are distinctive among fund providers in offering such a broad suite of ethical products. Below we’ve denoted some of the key characteristics of our ethical proposition:

  • We are committed to ethical investing
  • Sustainable companies make good investment
  • Our approach to sustainability is disciplined, clear and transparent.
  • Our ethical funds are rated by Morningstar OBSR

A 2015 survey named Kames Capital as one of only four ethical investment providers to be used by over 70% of financial advisers which are members of the Ethical Investment Association.

 

SRI / themed / ethical assets under management – overview

  • Fund Size (GBP): £50.88 million as at 31/05/2017
  • Total value of SRI/ethical/environmental/ social/ environmental or sustainability themed funds under management: £1,748.84 million as at 31/05/2017
  • Total assets under management: £45,335 million as at 31/03/2017

 

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Ethical policies Find funds with 'traditional' ethical investment policies. These typically focus on avoiding companies that are involved in the armaments industry, tobacco, gambling and/or pornography. Options will include funds where their core strategy or style may be to focus other issues - like sustainability or the environment, not just 'ethical funds'. Strategies vary significantly. Check fund literature for details.
  • Sustainability policy Find fund options that consider issues relating to the sustainability agenda (e.g. resource management, environmental impact, climate change and/or social issues such as equal opportunities, human rights and adherence to recognised codes). This will include funds from all of the different SRI Styles. See fund information for explanations of the different strategies.
  • Fracking and tar sands excluded Find fund options that avoid companies involved in fracking and tar sands - which are widely regarded as more controversial methods of oil and gas extraction.
  • Human rights Find funds that consider human rights practices when approving companies for investment. Such funds will require decent standards of human rights to be demonstrated - which typically means adherence to international norms as a minimum standard.

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  • PRI signatory Find fund management companies that have signed up to the UN backed 'Principles of Responsible Investment' initiative.

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Fossil fuel areas of exclusion: coal and tar sands.

Resources, Affiliations & Corporate Strategies

Our ESG Research team is responsible for the bottom up sustainability analysis of all of the companies that the fund invests in. The investment ideas are identified by the investment team and the sustainability analysis is undertaken by the ESG Research team, who make the final decision on whether the company is ranked as a Leader, Improver or Laggard. The fund cannot invest in Laggards.  Whilst the ESG Research team has the final say, there is a clear and open dialogue with the fund managers/analysts regarding the sustainability rating and both parties leverage their knowledge together to fully understand the nuance and ultimately get the right outcome.  Sustainability KPI’s are always identified in order to track sustainability improvement and engage with the company. These KPI’s are then tracked by the ESG Research team, who can upgrade and downgrade stocks appropriately.

It should be noted that the ESG Research team is one of the most experienced in the UK market and that co-manager Craig Bonthron has been managing global environmental and sustainable equity mandates for over 9 years.

 

Aviva Jupiter Ecology EP S1 Environmentally Themed Pension Global Equity 01/02/2007 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

This pension product is linked to the "Jupiter Ecology" fund. More detailed information on its SRI / Ethical approach can be found under that fund in the "OEIC" Product listing.

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Invests in clean energy/renewables Find ethical, sustainable investment and other environmentally aware fund options that aim to invest in companies in the clean technology and renewable energy sectors. Fund strategies vary. Some funds may have limited exposure to this area, others may have significant exposure. Check fund literature for details.

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OMW F&C Responsible UK Equity Income Ethically Balanced Life UK Equity Income 29/09/2005
Janus Henderson Global Sustainable Equity Sustainability Themed OEIC/Unit Trust Global Equity 31/07/1991 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

Please Note:  Due to the merger between Janus Capital Group and Henderson Global Investors this record is in the process of being updated.

 

Objective: To provide capital growth by investing primarily in a portfolio of global equities. The fund will seek to invest in global companies whose products and services are considered by the Investment Manager as contributing to positive environmental or social change and thereby have an impact on the development of a sustainable global economy. The fund will avoid investing in companies that the Investment Manager considers to potentially have a negative impact on the development of a sustainable global economy.

(January 2018)

 

 

A thematic global growth fund with strict avoidance criteria. Ten sustainability themes drive the idea generation. The five environmental themes are Efficiency, Cleaner Energy, Water Management, Sustainable Transport and Environmental Services. The five social themes are Health, Knowledge & Technology, Quality of Life, Safety and Social Property & Finance. The fund managers employ a disciplined bottom up stock selection process which includes both detailed financial analysis and ESG analysis. The fund also has negative avoidance investment criteria which can be found on the fund website. A third party provider (Vigeo EIRIS) is used to implement the negative avoidance criteria.

 

SRI / themed / ethical assets under management – overview

 

As of 31.3.2017 Henderson had £962m in SRI strategies of which Nick and Hamish had responsibility for £783m.

 

  • Fund Size (GBP):   £534m at 31.3.2017
  • Total value of SRI/ethical/environmental/ social/ environmental or sustainability themed funds under management:   £962m at 31.3.2017
  • Total value of assets covered by responsible ownership policy:   All of Henderson’s £103.1bn in AuM is covered by the responsible ownership policy
  • Total assets under management:   Henderson had AuM of over £103.1bn at 31.3.2017
  • AUM at 31.12.2017 - £651.7m

 

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

  • Environmental policy Find investment funds with environmental policies - ie that consider issues such as pollution, climate change, resource management, environmental impact. This will include options from all of the different SRI Styles, including funds where their core strategy is to focus on other areas such as ethical funds. See fund information for fund specific policy details.
  • Health & wellbeing policies Find ethical or sustainable investment fund options that have a policy which supports (ie aims to invest in) companies that are viewed as offering positive lifestyle, health or wellbeing related benefits.
  • Limits exposure to carbon intensive industries Find environmental, sustainable investment, ethical fund and other options that aim to significantly reduce or limit exposure to carbon intensive industries (ie sectors which are major contributors to climate change). Funds vary - strategies may involve excluding sectors such as coal, oil & gas, mining or airlines - or may indicate a 'best in sector' approach is taken. See fund literature for details.
  • Measures positive impacts Find funds that measure the positive effect of their investment decision making on society and/or the environment. (This may involve eg carbon saved or jobs supported.) Managers aim to quantify the benefits they deliver (relative to other strategies or other benchmarks) to ensure they are delivering positive benefiting. This is a new and evolving area. See fund literature for information
  • Sustainability policy Find fund options that consider issues relating to the sustainability agenda (e.g. resource management, environmental impact, climate change and/or social issues such as equal opportunities, human rights and adherence to recognised codes). This will include funds from all of the different SRI Styles. See fund information for explanations of the different strategies.
  • Ethical policies Find funds with 'traditional' ethical investment policies. These typically focus on avoiding companies that are involved in the armaments industry, tobacco, gambling and/or pornography. Options will include funds where their core strategy or style may be to focus other issues - like sustainability or the environment, not just 'ethical funds'. Strategies vary significantly. Check fund literature for details.
  • Social policy Find fund options that consider social issues (e.g. human rights, labour standards, equal opportunities, child labour and adherence to internationally recognised codes such as the UN Global Compact). This will include funds in most of the different SRI Styles as this is considered a core issue. See fund information for detail.
  • Governance policy Find fund options that have policies that relate to corporate governance issues such as board structure, executive remuneration, bribery and/or corporate corruption. These funds will typically avoid companies with poor practices.
  • Animal welfare policy Find ethical fund options that have policies that require specific animal welfare standards to be adopted by investee companies in order for them to be considered for inclusion within the fund.
  • Nuclear exclusion policy Find ethical funds (and other options) that have a published policy that sets out the fund's position on avoiding or limiting exposure to nuclear power. See fund literature for details of their policy.
  • Animal testing exclusion policy Find ethical investment options that avoid companies that are involved in testing their products on animals. Ethical fund strategies vary - some exclude all companies that test on animals, others allow companies that test for medical purposes or where required by law. Read fund details for fund specific information.
  • Tobacco production avoided Find fund options that exclude manufacturers of tobacco (or related) products. This typically relates to ethical funds however funds from other SRI Styles commonly avoid this area also. Strategies vary and funds may invest in retailers of such products (e.g. supermarkets or hotels.) See fund information for further information.
  • Armaments manufacturers avoided Find ethical fund (and other SRI) options that avoid avoids companies that manufacture products intended specifically for military use. Fund strategies vary - particularly with regard to non strategic military products. Read fund literature for specific details.
  • Coal, oil &/or gas majors excluded Find sustainable investment and ethical fund options that avoid significant involvement in coal, oil and/or gas producing companies. Funds vary. See individual fund literature to confirm details.
  • Climate change / GHG policy Find sustainable investment and ethical fund options that pay significant attention to climate change related issues such as greenhouse gas/carbon emissions. Strategies vary, see fund literature for individual fund information.
  • Invests in clean energy/renewables Find ethical, sustainable investment and other environmentally aware fund options that aim to invest in companies in the clean technology and renewable energy sectors. Fund strategies vary. Some funds may have limited exposure to this area, others may have significant exposure. Check fund literature for details.
  • Alcohol production excluded This filter helps you to find ethical funds - and other options - that avoid investment in alcohol production. See fund literature for further information.
  • Fracking and tar sands excluded Find fund options that avoid companies involved in fracking and tar sands - which are widely regarded as more controversial methods of oil and gas extraction.
  • Gambling avoidance policy Find ethical fund options (and other options) that avoid companies with significant involvement in the gambling industry. See fund policy for details.
  • Pornography avoidance policy Find ethical fund option - and in some cases other options - that avoid companies that derive significant income from pornography. See fund details for further information.
  • Human rights Find funds that consider human rights practices when approving companies for investment. Such funds will require decent standards of human rights to be demonstrated - which typically means adherence to international norms as a minimum standard.

SRI Features

  • Positive selection bias Find funds where their main 'ethical approach' is to invest in companies that are considered to be positive/good or useful to people and/or the environment. The fund may also have negative avoidance criteria - see fund details to read more about fund strategies.
  • Balances company 'pros and cons'/best in sector Find ethical funds and other options that consider both the 'positive' things companies do and the 'negative' things they do in order to make balanced, often complex decisions about where they might invest. Such funds often invest in the best/most ethical companies across most industries ('best in sector'), rather than excluding entire sectors. The fund manager may combine this with 'responsible engagement' activity to encourage better business practices. See fund literature for specific policy explanations.
  • Eurosif transparency Find funds that meet the standards of the EUROSIF transparency Code. This means that they are a leading fund in terms of openness and transparency, publishing - for example - extensive information about where they invest and how they deal with companies.
  • Over 50% large cap Find funds that invests more than half of their money into what are commonly regarded as 'large companies'. This will typically mean that the market capitalisation (or value) of the companies they hold is in excess of £5 to £10 billion.
  • Sustainability themed Find funds where there is a significant emphasis on sustainability issues either as its primary strategy or as a core strategy that compliments other criteria. (This may apply to a number of different SRI Styles). Such funds will consider environmental and social issues when making stock selection decisions. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Favours cleaner, greener companies Find funds that aim to nvest in companies with strong environmental policies and practices. This may mean it invests in smaller companies offering market leading environmental services or products and/or larger companies that are working towards the improved management of their negative impacts. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Favours companies with strong social policies Find funds that invest in line with positive strategies that relate to 'people' issues - such as having strong human rights, labour standards and equal opportunities practices. Such funds are likely to invest in companies that have market leading standards with regard to employee and supplier practices. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Faith friendly Find funds that have attributes that commonly suit the aims of investors of faith - although they may not be specifically marketed as being only for religious investors. Strategies vary (as do investor aims). Read fund literature for further information.
  • Strictly screened ethical fund Find funds that have a high level of negative ethical avoidance. These funds are likely to exclude more companies than other ethical (and SRI) fund options. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Aims to generate positive impacts Find funds that aim to help deliver positive social or environmental impacts or outcomes through their investment decisions - which typically involves holding companies that are viewed as being necessary or beneficial. Strategies and approaches vary. A small number of funds have recently started to measure outcomes (see 'Measures Impacts' in the Policy filter). This is a new area - so most funds do not do this yet. See fund literature for further information.
  • Available via an ISA Find funds that are available via a tax efficient ISA product wrapper
  • Clean energy themed Find funds that in clean technology / clean energy companies. See fund information for further details.

Corporate Activity

  • ESG/SRI engagement Find funds and fund management companies that actively encourages higher 'environmental, social and governance' and/or 'sustainable and responsible investment' practices amongst investee companies - when positive change is aligned with the best interest of investors. This may apply to a single fund or a group of funds. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Responsible Ownership policy for non SRI funds Find funds run by fund managers that apply Responsible Ownership or 'Stewardship' policies to all or most of their investment assets. This means that active involvement (e.g. voting, dialogue) with the companies they invest in across funds (not normally limited to ethical or SRI options.) Read fund literature for further information.
  • Integrates ESG factors into all/most fund research Find fund management companies that research environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues when deciding whether or not to invest in a company. This typically applies to all funds, not only those which are promoted as being 'ethical' or 'SRI themed'. This is increasingly often used as a risk management tool.
  • Vote all* shares at AGMs/EGMs This fund manager votes or aims to vote all* the shares they own at Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meetings. A commitment to voting shares is a key indicator of 'responsible share ownership' - where fund managers consider - and express their views on - the key business issues effecting the companies they part own. (*Allowance is made for exceptional situations such as when shares are in the process of being sold.)
  • In house responsible ownership/voting expertise Find fund / fund management companies where there is in-house expertise that enables the fund manager to make their own decisions on issues such as shareholder voting, setting of in-house guidelines - for example - particularly with regard to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
  • Responsible Ownership/ESG a key differentiator The fund managers have said they consider this area to be a key differentiator for their business
  • UK Stewardship Code signatory Find fund managers that are signatories to the FRC UK Stewardship Code, which sets out a framework for constructive investor / investee relations where fund managers are encouraged to behave as responsible 'company owners'.
  • Publish Responsible Ownership/Stewardship report Find fund management companies that publish information on their approach to responsible investment ownership - also known as 'Stewardship' - following the introduction of 'the Stewardship Code'. This sets out their approach to voting, dialogue with company management and any related activity. This is publicly available.
  • Publish full voting record Find fund management companies that publishes a full record of how they vote at AGMs and EGMs. This information is publicly available.
  • Review(ing) carbon/fossil fuel exposure for all funds Find funds / fund managers that are reviewing or have reviewed their exposure to carbon intensive industries including (but not only) mining, oil and gas companies. This work is being carried out in the context of climate change related concerns, and may often reference international agreements.
  • PRI signatory Find fund management companies that have signed up to the UN backed 'Principles of Responsible Investment' initiative.

SRI / Ethical Policy

The Global Care Growth fund employs an integrated approach to sustainable and responsible investment (SRI), combining positive and negative investment criteria, and considering both the products of a business (what it does) and the operations (how it does it).

 

Positive selection criteria

The positive criteria lead the managers to invest in businesses that have a positive impact on society and the environment by virtue of the products or services they sell, and by the way in which they manage their operations, thereby supporting the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

 

The managers use a thematic framework to identify those businesses that are strategically aligned with the four megatrends of climate change, resource constraints, population growth and an ageing population, and by virtue of this offer the potential for sustainable revenue growth. Derived from the four megatrends, the fund has ten sustainability themes of which five are environmental and five are social. For every investment it must be possible to identify at least one of the following themes as a value driver to the business. For a more detailed explanation of our themes please refer to our Ten themes for sustainable investment document. https://az768132.vo.msecnd.net/documents/54768_2016_10_31_12_54_12_860.gzip.pdf.

 

Five environmental themes: Cleaner Energy, Sustainable Transport, Water Management, Environmental Services, Efficiency

 

Five social themes: Health, Sustainable Property & Finance, Knowledge & Technology, Safety, Quality of Life

 

ESG integration

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) research is undertaken for all investments. The managers believe companies with sound governance practices and strong stakeholder relations, that manage relevant environmental and social risks responsibly, have a greater propensity to create sustainable value for shareholders.

 

Company engagement

Company engagement forms an important part of the investment process. Meetings incorporate a

wide range of topics including environmental and social issues where relevant. The managers take an active approach to communicating their views to companies and seeking improvements in performance, including appropriate standards of corporate responsibility.

 

Avoidance criteria

In many ways the negative criteria are a reflection of the positive criteria. The fund seeks to avoid those businesses that stand to be disrupted by the environmental and social megatrends (and that therefore have unsustainable business models), and also avoid those that are involved in activities regarded as being contrary to the development of a sustainable economy and harmonious society.

 

All holdings in the fund are compliant with the UN Global Compact, whose Ten Principles cover human rights, the International Labour Organisation’s declaration on workers’ rights, corruption and environmental pollution.

 

Further detail can be found on the fund’s website: https://www.henderson.com/ukpi/fund/92/henderson-global-care-growth-fund.

Resources, Affiliations & Corporate Strategies

 

INTERNAL research resources

 

Henderson wide

The Global Sustainable & Responsible Investment team has access to research conducted by Henderson’s wider team of investment professionals via the Henderson Research Hub. The Governance and Responsible Investment (GRI) team also provide advice and guidance on a range of ESG issues affecting existing and potential fund investments, market trends and development of ESG themes. The GRI team also assists with engaging with company management on ESG issues.

                                       

Global Sustainable & Responsible Investment team

As part of the team’s research process, research is sourced from company meetings, company financial statements and also sell-side analysts. The investment team integrates ESG considerations into investment decision making and ownership practices. They undertake an evaluation of each investee company’s business and workplace standards, social impact, and corporate stewardship. They believe that sustainability and corporate responsibility (CR) plays a vital role in the long-term performance of a company.

 

The in-house GRI team works closely with the investment managers to assist in identifying and analysing ESG issues. As part of the investment team’s detailed fundamental research, new investments have a checklist which includes areas such as the quality of the management/business standards to assess the return potential of the investment. Companies assessed for inclusion in the portfolio must demonstrate acceptable management of long-term strategic risks and opportunities.

 

EXTERNAL research resources

           

Vigeo EIRIS is the main source of management for the Funds’ exclusion criteria. Vigeo EIRIS is one of the largest sustainable, responsible and ethical research companies globally. The Vigeo EIRIS research team covers over 3,000 companies and provides the managers with detailed reports into a company’s activities, to ensure adherence to the Fund’s strict ethical criteria. Should an investment idea not be covered already, then Vigeo EIRIS conduct bespoke research on behalf of the portfolio managers.

 

Other sources of external research are:

 

  • MSCI, ISS, RepRisk, IVIS, CDP, TruCost, HOLT
  • Stock broker research
  • Strategist research

 

External resources such as MSCI and TruCost are used to populate the team’s monthly ESG exposure, benchmarking and risk monitoring report. This report shows the exposure of the portfolio to companies’ rated highest risk for environmental & social performance, ESG controversies, corporate governance issues and carbon exposure relative to the fund’s benchmark.

Standard Life Investments ESG Integration Corporate Activity Not Set Unclassified 29/01/2016 More Info (click to view)

SRI / Ethical Overview

Our ESG analysis is used across Standard Life Investments, informing a range of activities, including how we construct our investment portfolios. The Responsible Investment and Governance & Stewardship Teams’ research is regularly circulated and available to all investment professionals at Standard Life Investments through our internal platforms, including detailed meeting notes, health warnings and thematic research notes. ESG analysis is further incorporated into investment decisions through ongoing communication with Portfolio Managers, e.g. regular attendance at investment meetings, and targeted conversations with sector analysts before and after company engagements, as well as conducting ESG engagement activities alongside mainstream investment analysts. We also have proprietary, in-house tools for rating countries and companies on ESG factors, which are developed and managed by our investment teams and Responsible Investment Team respectively and are integrated into our internal research systems.

In addition, for real estate investment in particular, we have a dedicated Sustainability Manager within our real estate investment team, as well as a Real Estate Sustainability Focus Group, which includes one of our Responsible Investment Analysts. We produce an annual Sustainable Real Estate Investment Report that discloses the global impact of our real estate investment assets and outlines our policy, goals and progress. 

Addressing ESG issues within our investment analysis provides opportunities to both reduce risk and to develop value creation. As of 30 September 2015, Standard Life Investments had £250.6 billion of assets under management. Our approach applies across the firm to varying extents as appropriate, based on the particular asset class. Within equity, fixed income and real estate, we had £141.1 billion assets under management. http://www.standardlifeinvestments.com/our_investment_capabilities/property/index.html

Our ESG integration principles are used on equity and fixed interest assets in all geographic regions.

SRI Policies (Primary strategy in bold)

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SRI Features

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Corporate Activity

  • ESG/SRI engagement Find funds and fund management companies that actively encourages higher 'environmental, social and governance' and/or 'sustainable and responsible investment' practices amongst investee companies - when positive change is aligned with the best interest of investors. This may apply to a single fund or a group of funds. Read fund literature for further information.
  • Responsible Ownership policy for non SRI funds Find funds run by fund managers that apply Responsible Ownership or 'Stewardship' policies to all or most of their investment assets. This means that active involvement (e.g. voting, dialogue) with the companies they invest in across funds (not normally limited to ethical or SRI options.) Read fund literature for further information.
  • Integrates ESG factors into all/most fund research Find fund management companies that research environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues when deciding whether or not to invest in a company. This typically applies to all funds, not only those which are promoted as being 'ethical' or 'SRI themed'. This is increasingly often used as a risk management tool.
  • Vote all* shares at AGMs/EGMs This fund manager votes or aims to vote all* the shares they own at Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meetings. A commitment to voting shares is a key indicator of 'responsible share ownership' - where fund managers consider - and express their views on - the key business issues effecting the companies they part own. (*Allowance is made for exceptional situations such as when shares are in the process of being sold.)
  • In house responsible ownership/voting expertise Find fund / fund management companies where there is in-house expertise that enables the fund manager to make their own decisions on issues such as shareholder voting, setting of in-house guidelines - for example - particularly with regard to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
  • Responsible Ownership/ESG a key differentiator The fund managers have said they consider this area to be a key differentiator for their business
  • UK Stewardship Code signatory Find fund managers that are signatories to the FRC UK Stewardship Code, which sets out a framework for constructive investor / investee relations where fund managers are encouraged to behave as responsible 'company owners'.
  • Publish Responsible Ownership/Stewardship report Find fund management companies that publish information on their approach to responsible investment ownership - also known as 'Stewardship' - following the introduction of 'the Stewardship Code'. This sets out their approach to voting, dialogue with company management and any related activity. This is publicly available.
  • Publish full voting record Find fund management companies that publishes a full record of how they vote at AGMs and EGMs. This information is publicly available.
  • Review(ing) carbon/fossil fuel exposure for all funds Find funds / fund managers that are reviewing or have reviewed their exposure to carbon intensive industries including (but not only) mining, oil and gas companies. This work is being carried out in the context of climate change related concerns, and may often reference international agreements.
  • Regularly lead collaborative ESG initiatives Find funds managed by fund management companies that regularly initiate or help run industry wide (collaborative) investor projects aimed at raising environmental, social and governance standards amongst investee companies.
  • PRI signatory Find fund management companies that have signed up to the UN backed 'Principles of Responsible Investment' initiative.

SRI / Ethical Policy

Taking an integrated approach, our ESG analysis is used across Standard Life Investments, informing a range of activities, including how we construct investment portfolios. The Responsible Investment and Governance & Stewardship Teams’ research is available to all investment professionals at Standard Life Investments through our internal platforms, including companies' ratings, detailed meeting notes, health warnings and thematic research notes. In addition, Responsible Investment and Governance & Stewardship Analysts frequently contribute to internal meetings held by the various investment teams, such as daily team meetings or quarterly sector reviews, to highlight trends and any emerging risks, as well as their company-specific analysis. 

While the work of our Responsible Investment Team and Governance & Stewardship Teams is accessible by all of our investment teams, the particular areas of focus and implementation across the asset classes can vary based on potential impact and investment objectives, as described further below. The aim in all cases is a material enhancement across our range of portfolios.

Equity and Credit
Across our equity and credit strategies, our Portfolio Managers aim to understand the drivers of change within individual companies and identify the potential impacts of these changes ahead of the market. Understanding the companies in which we invest therefore is central to our overall investment approach and collaboration is a critical element of the process, amongst and between our investment teams and our ESG-focused teams. Standard Life Investments’ Responsible Investment and Governance & Stewardship Teams are closely aligned with our asset class teams. In addition to the availability and distribution of thematic research