At Montpensier Finance, we are convinced that extra-financial criteria - environmental, social and governance (ESG) - are long term performance levers for companies. Our role as an investor is to favor companies that have chosen to have a positive impact on the world we live in, while creating value.
The environment is a major challenge for the 21st century. We attach importance to the environmental impact of companies and to their capacity to propose solutions towards preserving and sustaining their environment and protecting against associated risks. CO2 emissions, pollution, waste and sustainable resource management, etc. are the environmental challenges facing companies today.
We also attach importance to companies' social responsibility, in terms of their internal impact and also with regard to their service providers. We believe that a company's human and social capital is an important factor and that employment, security and healthcare issues are part of its social responsibilities.
Corporate governance encompasses management issues and the role of deliberating bodies and shareholders, alongside risk management, financial communication and transparency, etc. The fight against all forms of corruption is also a core challenge of good corporate governance.
As a result, several measures have been put in place by Montpensier Finance in order to adapt its investment management processes and implement procedures and an organisational structure aiming to respect the Principles for Responsible Investment.
Furthermore, Montpensier Finance also supports several climate initiatives:
- The TCFD, Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, established by the G20 Financial Stability Board in 2015 ;
- The Paris Agreement adopted in December 2015 as part of COP21, international climate conference that brings together every year the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) signatory countries;
- Le Science Based Target (SBTi), initiative that encourages companies to commit to and define a concrete trajectory for reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, based on science.
In order to complement its investment procedure, Montpensier Finance has also adhered to the UN Global Compact and therefore supports the Declaration of Human rights.
ESG criteria are an integral component of the investment methods implemented by Montpensier Finance.
Montpensier Finance relies its SRI measures on the ESG research published by MSCI. Three MSCI ESG analysis components are integrated.
In this context, Montpensier Finance has also implemented various indicators, with the objective of seeking an overall balance within the funds.
In addition, Montpensier Finance has developed a proprietary methodology for SRI analysis based on a dual approach:
- An analysis of corporate governance via the proprietary "MGF - Montpensier Governance Flag" method, which focuses on good corporate governance practices, and
- An analysis of the impact of companies on environment and society via the proprietary "MIA - Montpensier Impact Assessment" method, which is based on the 17 UN SDGs, categorized according to whether they belong to ecological transition or solidarity transition,
and is at the heart of the investment process of our main SRI-labelled equity funds.
For M Climate Solutions, Montpensier finance has developed a specific method for determining the eligibility of stocks, based on the extent to which companies belong to defined transition vectors and intensity of the green share in their turnover, in strict compliance with the requirements of the Greenfin label.
Montpensier Finance prohibits the UCIs it manages from investing in securities identified as being involved in the production of the weapons mentioned in the following conventions (these exclusions apply to all French portfolio management companies) :
- The treaty banning anti-personnel mines (Ottawa Treaty).
- The Convention on Cluster Munitions (Oslo Convention).
Additional exclusions have also been put in place on certain funds, Best Business Models SRI which holds the SRI label, and M Climate Solutions which holds the Greenfin label.
Additional exclusions have also been put in place on certain funds, Best Business Models SRI which holds the French label ISR and the Belgian Towards Sustainability label, Great European Models SRI and Quadrtor SRI which holds the label ISR, and M Climate Solutions which holds the French Greenfin label and the Towards Sustainability label.
In addition, as part of implementation of its ESG approach, Montpensier Finance has set up an exclusion policy which is established on several levels, depending on the scope of application of the exclusions, for different management process.
Montpensier Finance carry a particular attention to the Environment. We focus on the environmental impact of companies, their ability to propose solutions to preservation and sustainability of their environment issues, and to protect themselves from the risks associated with it.
Issues such as carbon emissions, pollution, waste treatment, or resources sustainable use, are key issues for companies. At the heart of our environmental considerations, in line with the collective commitment made by the financial professions on July 2, 2019 at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, Montpensier Finance has adopted a "coal strategy". This strategy aims to reduce the exposure of investments to coal in order to contribute to the objective set by the national carbon neutrality strategy: to stop financing the coal sector.
Montpensier Finance « ESG policy » presents measures put in place with the objective of respecting the Principles for Responsible Investment within the framework of its management processes, and of implementing processes and an organization that takes into account Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors.
Montpensier Finance's shareholder engagement policy includes a Voting Policy and a Commitment Policy.
The exercise of the voting rights is an important element of the dialogue with issuers. It encourages the dissemination of best practices in governance and professional ethics.
Montpensier Finance considers that the exercise of voting rights is an integral part of the investment management process and should be carried out in the best interest of its clients. The fund managers analyse unit/shareholder resolutions and decide how to vote. They may refer to the principles regarding corporate governance recommendations published by ISS Gouvernance in its sustainability policy.
Montpensier Finance wants to increase the scope of its commitment to the companies in which the funds are invested. With this in mind, Montpensier Finance has decided to participate in the collective engagement actions implemented by ISS as part of its ISS Ethix program