Sustainable Investment Policy from the viewpoint of an experienced Swiss Private Bank

The significance for a Privte Bank to invest sustainable and on behalf of their clients will be the topic of the TextileFuture’s Newsletter today. In what is called “Ownership Report 2019”, the Swiss Private Bank J. Safra Sarasin will explain their details of sustainable investment policy and activities from their viewpoint.

By guest author Andrea Weber, Sustainable Investment Analyst at Swiss Privte Bank J. Safra Sarasin.

Important legal information

This publication has been prepared by the Sustainable Investment Research Department of Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd, Switzerland, (hereafter “Bank”) for information purposes only. It is not the result of financial research conducted by the Bank’s research department. Although it may contain quotes of research analysts or quote research publications, this publication cannot be considered as investment research or a research recommendation for regulatory purposes as it does not constitute of substantive research or analysis. Therefore the “Directives on the Independence of Financial Re- search” of the Swiss Bankers Association do not apply to this document. Any views, opinions and commentaries in this publication (together the “Views”) are the views of the Sustainable Investment Research Department and may differ from those of the Bank’s research or other departments. The Bank may make investment decisions or take proprietary posi- tions that are inconsistent with the Views expressed herein. It may also provide advisory or other services to companies mentioned in this document re-sulting in a conflict of interest that could affect the Bank’s objectivity. While the Bank has taken steps to avoid or disclose, respectively, such conflicts, it cannot make any representation in such regard.

The Views contained in this document are those of the Sustainable Investment Research Department as per the date of writing and may be subject to change without notice. This publication is based on publicly available information and data (“the Information”). While the Bank makes every effort to use reliable and comprehensive Information, it cannot make any representation that it is actually accurate or complete. Possible errors or incompleteness of the Information do not con- stitute legal grounds (contractual or tacit) for liability, either with regard to direct, indirect or consequential damages. In particular, neither the Bank nor its shareholders and employees shall be liable for the Views contained in this document.

Sustainability Rating Methodology

The environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis of companies is based on a proprietary assessment methodol- ogy developed by the Sustainable Investment Research Department of BJSS. All ratings are conducted by in-house sus- tainability analysts. The sustainability rating incorporates two dimensions which are combined in the Sarasin Sustainability-Matrix®:

Sector Rating: Comparative assessment of industries based upon their impacts on environment and society.

Company Rating: Comparative assessment of companies within their industry based upon their performance to manage their environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities.

Investment Universe: Only companies with a sufficiently high Company Rating (shaded area) qualify for Bank J. Safra Sarasin sustainability funds.

Key issues

When doing a sustainability rating, the analysts in the Sustainable Investment Research Department assess how well companies manage their main stakeholders’ expectations (e.g. employees, suppliers, customers) and how well they man- age related general and industry-specific environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities. The company’s management quality with respect to ESG risks and opportunities is compared with its industry peers.

Controversial activities (exclusions)

Certain business activities which are not deemed to be compatible with sustainable development (e.g. armaments, nu- clear power, tobacco, pornography) can lead to the exclusion of companies from the Bank J. Safra Sarasin sustainable investment universe.

Data sources

The Sustainable Investment Research Department uses a variety of data sources which are publicly available (e.g. com- pany reports, press, internet search) and data/information provided by service providers which are collecting financial, environmental, social, governance and reputational risk data on behalf of the Sustainable Investment Research Depart- ment.

The entire content of this publication is protected by copyright law (all rights reserved). The use, modification or duplication in whole or part of this document is only permitted for private, non-commercial purposes by the interested party. When doing so, copyright notices and branding must neither be altered nor removed. Any usage over and above this requires the prior written approval of the Bank. The same applies to the circulation of this publication. Third party data providers make no warranties or representations of any kind relating to the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of the data pro- vided and shall have no liability for any damages of any kind relating to such data.

The Bahamas: This publication is circulated to private clients of Bank J. Safra Sarasin (Bahamas) Ltd, and is not in-tended for circulation to nationals or citizens of The Bahamas or a person deemed ‘resident’ in The Bahamas for the purposes of exchange control by the Central Bank of The Bahamas.

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC): This material is intended to be distributed by Bank J. Safra Sarasin Asset Management (Middle East) Ltd [“BJSSAM”] in DIFC to professional clients as defined by the Dubai Financial Services Au- thority (DFSA). BJSSAM is duly authorised and regulated by DFSA. If you do not understand the contents of this document, you should consult an authorised financial adviser.

This material may also include Funds which are not subject to any form of regulation or approval by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (“DFSA”). The DFSA has no responsibility for reviewing or verifying any Issuing Document or other doc- uments in connection with these Funds. Accordingly, the DFSA has not approved the Issuing Document or any other as- sociated documents nor taken any steps to verify the information set out in the Issuing Document, and has no responsi- bility for it. The Units to which the Issuing Document relates may be illiquid and/or subject to restrictions on their resale. Prospective purchasers should conduct their own due diligence on the Units.

Hong Kong: This document is disseminated by Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd., Hong Kong Branch in Hong Kong. Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd, Hong Kong Branch is a licensed bank under the Hong Kong Banking Ordinance (Cap. 155 of the laws of Hong Kong) and a registered institution under the Securities and Futures Ordinance (cap. 571 of the laws of Hong Kong).

Luxemburg: This publication is distributed in Luxembourg by Banque J. Safra Sarasin (Luxembourg) SA (the “Luxembourg Bank”), having its registered office at 17-21, Boulevard Joseph II, L-1840 Luxembourg, and being subject to the supervi- sion of the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur financier – CSSF. The Luxembourg Bank merely agrees to make this document available to its clients in Luxembourg and is not the author of this document. This document shall not be con- strued as a personal recommendation as regards the financial instruments or products or the investment strategies men- tioned therein, nor shall it be construed as and does not constitute an invitation to enter into a portfolio management agreement with the Luxembourg Bank or an offer to subscribe for or purchase any of the products or instruments men- tioned therein. The information provided in this document is not intended to provide a basis on which to make an invest- ment decision. Nothing in this document constitutes an investment, legal, accounting or tax advice or a representation that any investment or strategy is suitable or appropriate for individual circumstances. Each client shall make its own appraisal. The liability of the Luxembourg Bank may not be engaged with regards to any investment, divestment or reten- tion decision taken by the client on the basis of the information contained in the present document. The client shall bear all risks of losses potentially incurred as a result of such decision. In particular, neither the Luxembourg Bank nor their shareholders or employees shall be liable for the opinions, estimations and strategies contained in this document.

Monaco: In Monaco this document is distributed by Banque J.Safra Sarasin (Monaco) SA, a bank registered in “Principauté de Monaco” and regulated by the French Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR) and Monegasque Gov- ernment and Commission de Contrôle des Activités Financières («CCAF»).

Panama: This publication is distributed, based solely on public information openly available to the general public, by J. Safra Sarasin Asset Management S.A., Panama, regulated by the Securities Commission of Panama.

Qatar Financial Centre (QFC): This material is intended to be distributed by Bank J. Safra Sarasin (QFC) LLC, Qatar [“BJSSQ”] from QFC to Business Customers as defined by the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority (QFCRA) Rules. Bank J. Safra Sarasin (QFC) LLC is au-thorised by QFCRA.

This material may also include collective investment scheme/s (Fund/s) that are not registered in the QFC or regulated by the Regulatory Authority. Any issuing document / prospectus for the Fund, and any related documents, have not been reviewed or approved by the Regulatory Authority. Investors in the Fund may not have the same access to information about the Fund that they would have to information of a fund registered in the QFC; and recourse against the Fund, and those involved with it, may be limited or difficult and may have to be pursued in a jurisdiction outside the QFC. Singapore: This document is disseminated by Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd., Singapore Branch in Singapore. Bank J. Safra Sarasin, Singapore Branch is an exempt financial adviser under the Singapore Financial Advisers Act (Cap. 110), a whole- sale bank licensed under the Singapore Banking Act (Cap. 19) and regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.”

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