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OUR POLICIES & REPORTS

Responsible investing has been built into our strategy since Comgest was founded over thirty years ago. In 2010, we formalised our commitment by becoming a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.

RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT


We consider the impact of candidate companies’ activities on health, safety, society and the environment. Our stock selection excludes certain sectors which may be detrimental to society, including controversial weapons and tobacco. 

RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT POLICY
COMGEST PLUS FUNDS EXCLUSION POLICIES
EUROPEAN SRI TRANSPARENCY CODE


RESPONSIBLE VOTING

As an active investor, Comgest endeavours to vote at all shareholder meetings. We use an external  service provider for analysing resolutions and making voting recommendations in accordance with our responsible voting policy and principles.

RESPONSIBLE VOTING POLICY
ANNUAL VOTING REPORT
PROXY VOTING DASHBOARD - COMGEST VOTING DECISIONS FOR EACH AGM

 

ENGAGEMENT AND REPORTING

We pursue a policy of active engagement, establishing constructive dialogue with investee companies and challenging current practices where we believe improvement is needed. Comgest provides quarterly reports on responsible investment activities to clients upon request. 

COMGEST GROUP ENGAGEMENT POLICY

 
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EU SFDR Disclosure: No Consideration of Sustainability Adverse Impacts at an Entity Level

Comgest carefully analyses many positive and negative ESG considerations through its in-depth research and engagements with investee companies. However, Comgest does not currently consider adverse impacts of investment decisions across all sustainability factors at entity level as prescribed under the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation ("SFDR").  Broadly, this is due to the unavailability of data from certain investee companies and the delayed adoption of technical measures detailing the form of compliance.

It is important to note that Comgest does expect the availability of data from investee companies and data providers to improve over time, e.g. with the European Commission’s upcoming Non-Financial Reporting Directive. However, we note that challenges may still arise in obtaining relevant information in respect of non-EU investee companies, particularly in Emerging Markets, or EU investee companies which are not subject to any mandatory sustainability disclosure obligations.

We continue to strive for maximum transparency and will reassess our position in relation to the assessment of adverse impacts at an entity level as information improves.

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our ESG story

Responsible investing is core to what we do. We don’t see investing responsibly as an obligation, we see it as an opportunity.

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Our commitments

We are signatories, members and supporters of a range of codes, committees and networks working to ensure good ESG practice. 

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