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Commitment to responsible investing

We believe that by investing in companies which operate with high standards of corporate responsibility we can protect and enhance investment returns for our clients.

Through our rigorous bottom-up research process we gain an in-depth understanding of ESG issues at a company level before they escalate and potentially threaten the value of our clients’ investments. 

A rated by UNPRI

We have been a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) since 2012. 

We are proud of our 2016 ratings - we maintained our A score in Strategy & Governance and both equity strategies, and scored A+ for our fixed income strategies.

Source: UN Principles for Responsible Investment - ‘Overall Strategy &Governance 2016’

Module 2016 Fidelity score 2016 Median 2015 Fidelity Score 2015 Median
Strategy & Governance A B A B
Listed Equity - Incorporation A A A A
Listed Equity - Active Ownership A B A B
Fixed Income - Corporate Non-Financial A+ C A C
Fixed Income - SSA A+ C B E
Fixed Income - Corporate Financial A+ C n/a n/a
Fixed Income - Securitised A+ E n/a n/a

Source: UNPRI (UN Principles for Responsible Investment).

650+ companies actively engaged in 2016

In 2016, we engaged with more than 650 companies on issues such as governance and remuneration, board composition, capital structure and environment and social issues.

As significant investors in many companies, we believe it is our duty to encourage companies to act in the best interest of shareholders and our environment - for better investment outcomes for our clients.  We have engaged with companies on issues such as:

  • Bribery and corruption
  • Lack of board integrity and competence
  • Misaligned remuneration
  • Shareholder rights
  • Data breaches/cyber security
  • Corporate failings
  • Climate change/risk

Voted at 3,700+ shareholder meetings

ESG process

In 2016 we voted at more than 3,700 shareholder meetings, voting against management in nearly a third of cases to protect the rights of investors. For further information on Proxy Voting Disclosure for Australian Listed Companies, please refer to www.fidelity.com.au/funds/proxy-voting/.


2016 calendar year vote summary 

Region Votes with management Votes against management Abstain Blocked Took no action Total
Americas 343 198 11 1 3 556
Asia 1258 60 19 0 11 1348
Europe 318 292 9 9 70 698
Japan 162 247 0 0 0 409
MEA 38 11 5 0 0 54
Australia 151 51 10 0 0 212
UK 257 165 15 0 4 431
Total 2527 1024 59 10 88 3708

ESG is part of our investment process

There are four important inputs into how we analyse ESG for each company that we research - our analysts, our specialist ESG team, external research and our portfolio managers who actively consider ESG in their investment decisions.

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An evolution of ESG at Fidelity

We are continually striving for enhanced ESG integration into our investment process*.  

We included controversy data such as environmental disasters, product safety recalls and bribery scandals in our ESG rating methodology.

Our analysts continued their extensive research on climate change and electric vehicles and their impact on industry and the environment.  

We launched a new feature on our research management database to more systematically track ESG engagement and analysis.  

We developed a diagnostic tool to identify the key drivers behind the MorningStar sustainability ratings and used this for portfolio analysis on ESG matters.


*For further information on Fidelity’s approach to ESG for Fidelity’s managed investment schemes issued by FIL Responsible Entity (Australia) Limited, please refer to the relevant Product Disclosure Statements (“PDS”) and the accompanying Additional Information ("AI")
 

Contributing to global standards

We participate in the debate over the development of appropriate standards for responsible investment through our membership in these forums:

  • International Corporate Governance Network 
  • Asian Corporate Governance Association 
  • Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets |
  • Hong Kong Investment Funds Association 
  • The Association of British Insurers the Corporate Governance Forum, Investment Association and UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association in the UK
  • The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development 

In addition, we are signatories to the UK Stewardship Code and the Japanese Stewardship Code. 

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FAQs

The UNPRI defines responsible investment as an approach that aims to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions, to better manage risk and generate sustainable, long-term returns.  At Fidelity, responsible investment is an integral part of our investment process.

ESG stands for Environment, Social and Governance.  Analysing ESG factors can be a key way to assess the sustainability and social impact of an investment in a company or a business.  Examples of ESG issues include energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, supply-chain risk management, gender diversity, employee productivity, independent board leadership and CEO compensation.

The 2016 Governance and Engagement Report details the activities of our specialist Environmental, Social and Governance team over the year.  Click here to view this report.

The PRI works with its international network of signatories to put six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Its goals are to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance issues and to support signatories in integrating these issues into investment and ownership decisions.

The six Principles were developed by investors and are supported by the UN. They have more than 1,400 signatories from over 50 countries representing US$59 trillion of assets.

In 2016, Fidelity maintained our A score in Strategy and Governance and both equity modules, and scored A+ for our fixed income modules.

  1. We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.
  2. We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership practices.
  3. We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.
  4. We will promote acceptance and implementation of the principles within the investment industry.
  5. We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the principles.
  6. We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the principles.

Active ownership is about using our voting rights and our influence as an investor to improve the long-term value of a company.  As stewards of our clients’ money we believe we have an important role to play in improving the governance of the companies in which we invest – helping companies become better companies. We engage directly with companies to encourage good governance and sustainable corporate practices.

You can find more detailed information in our Principles of Ownership Policy.

Members of Fidelity’s ESG team are involved in a wide number of external and collaborative governance-related bodies globally.

These include the Chairmanship of the Investment Association’s Governance and Engagement Committee, representation on the Code Committee of the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, the Companies Committee of the Confederation of British Industry and the International Corporate Governance Network’s remuneration committee. Fidelity is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, the UK Stewardship Code, the Japanese Stewardship Code, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission Principles of Responsible Ownership and the Taiwan Stock Exchange’s Stewardship Principles for Institutional Investors. We are also active members of the Asian Corporate Governance Association, the Association of British Insurers, the Corporate Governance Forum, Assogestioni, the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, the Investor Forums in both Japan and the UK, the European Fund and Asset Management Association Responsible Investment Working Group and many other trade and industry bodies around the world.

Consideration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues is an integral part of our investment decision-making process for all Fidelity funds.

ESG analysis is carried out at analyst level within the equity, fixed income and real estate teams and our portfolio managers are also active in analysing the potential effects of these factors when making investment decisions.

Our specialist ESG team, who sit within our global investment team, ensures Fidelity continues to be at the forefront of developing ESG trends and issues emerging in different countries, regions and globally.

Fidelity’s internal analysis is complemented by extensive external research and ratings analysis.

*For further information on Fidelity’s approach to ESG for Fidelity’s managed investment schemes issued by FIL Responsible Entity (Australia) Limited, please refer to the relevant Product Disclosure Statements (“PDS”) and the accompanying Additional Information ("AI")

 


1 Average ESG score is defined as the weighted average MSCI Final Industry Adjusted Score of fund holdings. ©2017 MSCI ESG Research LLC Reproduced by permission.

2 Weighted Average Carbon Intensity is defined as the weighted average of the amount of Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions per $1million of sales of fund holdings.

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