SUSTAINABILITY-RELATED DISCLOSURES: ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS
ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance and refers to three groups of metrics that assess the sustainability of a company in terms of relationships with the environment and the different stakeholders, and in terms of corporate governance. Investors are increasingly applying these non-financial factors as part of their investment analysis process to identify material risks and growth opportunities.
Valeur Group is signatory of Principles for Responsible Investment (PRIs) by United Nations through Valeur Capital Ltd and it follows principles of sustainable investing such as incorporating environmental, social, and governance factors (ESG) into investment decision-making process, assessing ESG risk within the investment process and seeking appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which Valeur Group invests.
Beyond the fundamental analysis, Valeur Group constantly monitors all the aspects linked to the ESG themes. In fact, Valeur Group firmly believes that incorporating environmental, social and governance criteria to more traditional fundamental analysis leads to better risk-adjusted investment returns. This integrated approach allows Valeur Group to obtain a differentiated view of companies, considering risks and revealing return opportunities normally neglected by the traditional fundamental analysis.
Conceptually, a portfolio composed by companies that adopt sound ESG rules, should be well equipped to master the challenges of the future and, therefore, should generate superior long-term performance while limiting risks, which is in line with the values of Valeur Group.
No sustainable investment objective
Some of the financial products managed by Valeur Group promote environmental or social characteristics but do not have a sustainable investment as its objective.
Environmental or social characteristics of the financial product
Some of the financial products managed by Valeur Group, as outlined in the Valeur Group’s ESG policy, promote broadly environmental and social characteristics thanks to the investment in portfolios with an overall ESG score above the market average value. The majority of portfolio constituents represent, therefore, examples of best practice in the ESG world.
As outlined in the Valeur Group’s ESG policy, Valeur Group has developed a method to measure the ESG portfolio score and has established some criteria to meet in order to consider a fund as sustainable, identifying different and specific ESG scores providers for each of the three main investment categories in which financial products are invested in (Fixed Income Investments, Equity and Investment Funds, Government Bond) and establishing a minimum target threshold for each of them. Please refer to the Valeur Group’s ESG policy for more details.
Proportion of investments
As per the Valeur Group’s ESG policy, with regards to those investments that may be subject to a rating, at least 65% of the portfolio constituents investing in those asset classes must be subject to a rating of the selected ESG providers.
Monitoring of environmental or social characteristics
The portfolio management team with the support of the risk management function constantly monitors the evolution of the portfolio constituents in relation to environmental and social characteristics, being ready to any change needed to preserve the overall ESG score of the portfolio. In details, with reference to single instruments the risk manager performs a regular monitoring of the instruments which show the highest ESG risk.
Finally, in case the risk manager recognizes a violation of the procedures or believes that the ESG risk of the portfolio is excessive, he can recommend, at any time, the sale of the instruments which are not in line with the defined sustainability objective.
As previously outlined, the financial products managed by Valeur Group promote broadly environmental and social characteristics thanks to the investment in portfolios with an overall ESG score above the market average value. The overall score is assessed as weighted average of the percentage deviations between the investment class scores and the defined thresholds. Please refer to the Valeur Group’s ESG policy for more details regarding the calculation methodology.
Data sources and processing
As per the Valeur Group’s ESG policy, ESG scores used to assess the overall ESG score of the portfolio differ depending on the type of the investments. With regards to Fixed Income Investments, Valeur Group considers the ESG scores provided by Sustainalytics and RobecoSAM, while with reference to Equity and Investment Funds, ESG ratings provided by MSCI Ratings are used. Finally, in case of Government Bonds, ESG Ratings provided by RobecoSAM at country level (Country ESG Score) are considered. Please refer to the Valeur Group’s ESG policy for more details regarding the data sources and processing.
Limitations to methodologies and data
ESG scores, at the base of portfolio valuation, can vary between ESG data providers. To mitigate this limitation, Valeur Group adopted three measures: (i) comparison of the ESG scores of the portfolio against a benchmark whose scores are computed by the same data provider, so that the comparison is relevant; (ii) employing different data providers, since the ESG valuation approach is different; and (iii) averaging the deviation of different providers, so that the final score is not dependent to one single supplier.
Valeur Group conducts both Fundamental and ESG analysis to all underlying assets and systematically reviews its assessment. Regarding ESG valuation, attention will be paid to the evolution of the scores, with a particular focus to those that show a deterioration.
With regards to engagement policies, Valeur Group is mainly involved through proxy voting, considering ESG criteria in its assessment.
Designated reference benchmark
Valeur Funds do not have a specific ESG reference benchmark.
For more details regarding Valeur Group’s ESG approach, please read the Valeur Group’s ESG policy.
The disclaimer is composed of:
1 – Group description
2 – Disclaimer for Valeur Group, Valeur SA, Valeur Securities SA and Valeur Concept SA
“Valeur Group”* comprises five independent companies:
– Valeur Securities SA – Switzerland
– Valeur SA – Switzerland
– Valeur Concept SA – Switzerland
– Valeur Capital Ltd – United Kingdom
– Valeur Pte Ltd – Singapore
* The current “Group” structure has been in operation since 2016. From 2009 to 2015 Valeur had a different company and group structure.
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This policy sets out what personal data we might collect, how we process and protect that data, the lawful grounds for that processing, and your related rights. Essentially ‘personal data’ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person, namely one who can be identified, directly or indirectly from that information alone or in conjunction with other information. In most cases, the lawful ground will be that the processing: (i) is necessary for our legitimate interests in carrying out our business, including to raise and invest the funds / maintain, improve and market our products and services, provided those interests are not outweighed by your rights and interests (‘Legitimate Interests’), (ii) is necessary to perform a contract with you (‘Contract’), or (iii) is necessary to comply with our legal obligations (‘Legal Obligation’). Where processing is based on your consent (‘Consent’), we will identify the processing purposes and provide you with relevant information to make the processing fair and transparent.
As data protection law and practice are constantly developing, we’ll need to update this policy from time to time, which we’ll do by posting a new policy on the Website that takes effect from the date stated. It is your responsibility to return to the Website from time to time and check for changes.
How Do We Obtain Personal Data?
We collect or are provided personal data in the normal course of business, for example:
– you may provide us with your details during discussions about investing in our fund or our fund investing in your business/buying our products or services,
– when you visit the Website, we may collect information about your visit such as your IP address and the pages you visited,
– you may provide us with your details when you ask about our funds or other Services (through the Website, by email or otherwise) and we may obtain legally-compliant lists of potential customers for our funds or other Services for our marketing purposes.
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Sensitive Personal Data
Given the nature of our business, we do not ask for ‘sensitive’ or ‘special categories of personal data’, such as information about your health, political opinions, racial origins or sexual life and we would ask you not to send any to us.
How do we use personal data?
We use personal data in the normal course of our business, for example:
– To respond to enquiries about the funds and other Services, to provide the Websites and Services, to provide advice and support. Lawful basis: Legitimate Interests or Contract.
– To analyze and improve the Website, the funds and other Services, for example for technical or security purposes and to improve the customer experience. Lawful basis: Legitimate Interests, however where for example applicable law requires your consent to use certain cookies, we will ask for your Consent having provided you with relevant information.
– To market our fund(s) and other Services – if we do so, we will provide you with an easy and free way to opt-out of receiving such communications in the future. Lawful basis: Legitimate Interests (or Consent as above).
– To investigate opportunities and make investments by the fund(s).
– In certain circumstances, to share it with a limited number of third parties as described in this policy, for example for operational requirements and business continuity purposes. Lawful basis: most processing will be based on Legitimate Interests, some processing is based on Contract and, where necessary (as above) some processing may be based on your prior Consent.
Sharing Data & International Transfers
We will not give, sell or rent your personal data to third parties so they can market their services to you. Nor do we accept advertising from third parties on the Website. We may share personal data in the following limited circumstances.
– For provision of the Services, and for our own disaster recovery and business continuity purposes, we may store or transmit personal data to or through third party providers, such as with our contractors and advisors to help us operate, secure and analyze our business. Lawful basis: Legitimate Interests or Contract.
– We may be obliged to disclose your personal data to comply with a law, order or request of a court, government authority, other competent legal or regulatory authority or any applicable code of practice or guideline. Lawful basis: Legal Obligation.
In each case, we share the minimum personal data necessary and we have written contracts in place incorporating relevant wording to safeguard that personal data and comply with applicable laws, and we will only share such data as is necessary for the purpose in question. Where possible, we keep personal data within the European Economic Area (‘EEA’). However, in order to carry out the above purposes, we may use third parties and their facilities outside the EEA. In all such cases we will ensure that appropriate security measures are in place to protect your personal data and a valid legal basis for the transfer applies.
As a default position, we will only retain personal data for any statutory retention period, then a reasonable period (if any) necessary for the above purposes. This is subject, for example, to any valid opt-out or withdrawal of consent where processing is based on consent, or other valid exercise of your data subject rights which is effected.
The security of data is very important to our business. In accordance with our legal obligations, we take appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect your personal data and keep those measures under review. However, we can only be responsible for systems that we control, and we would note that the internet itself is not inherently a secure environment.
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