KBI Global Investors Responsible Investing Brochure

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We believe that companies with strong governance Alignment with the UN Responsibleproducts and whose Sustainable Development Investing services Overview enhance social orGoals (SDGs) environmental goals should Investing in meaningfully outperform. Integrating Solutions Providers

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ESG within the Investment Process


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Active Ownership: Voting and Engagement Responsible Investing Team

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Responsible Investing Overview


Investing in Solutions Providers


Alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


Integrating ESG within the Investment Process


Active Ownership: Voting and Engagement


Responsible Investing Team


Responsible Investing Overview KBIGI has a long-standing commitment to Responsible Investing going back to the early 1980s, when we started working with our clients to construct portfolios that exclude companies engaged in certain controversial activities.

We engage constructively with the management of companies through direct conversations, collaborative initiatives with other investors and industry groups where it is merited as well as active use of our proxy voting.

Over time, we have strengthened and deepened our approach to Responsible Investing to the extent that consideration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria is now a key factor in stock selection and fully integrated into all our investment decisions.

We are committed to sharing with our clients our insights on responsible investing and (importantly) to report to them on the ESG Impact of their investments. Sean Hawkshaw, CEO

We strongly believe that this leads to better long-term investment outcomes for our clients.



Launched our Water & Clean Energy Sustainable Equity strategies

1980s-90s Managing SRI portfolios on behalf of faith-based clients



Became a signatory to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investing


Launched our Global Equity strategies

Launched our Global Resource Solutions strategy


Launched our Global Agribusiness strategy



Achieved A+ rating from the PRI for our ESG Equity methodology & governance


Responsible Investing Committee


Quantified portfolios’ contribution to the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Launched our Sustainable Infrastructure strategy

Long-standing, firm-wide commitment to Responsible Investing

• 30 years’ experience with responsible institutional investors across Europe, Asia and North America. • Responsible Investing Committee and dedicated investment professionals ensure corporate commitment. • Stringent governance established through policy and procedures. • Exclude investments in companies engaged in the manufacture of controversial weapons.

Attaining Industry Leader status, through active industry collaboration

UK Stewardship Code

Active member since 2015.

Member of the Water Hub and Low Carbon/Clean Energy committees.

Member of this European-based group for investors active on climate change issues.

KBIGI funds awarded Eurosif SRI Transparency Code mark since 2017.

Active part including lead role on an engagement programme and member of the Ireland Steering Group.

A signatory for over 10 years. The PRI awarded KBI an A+ rating (the highest possible) for our approach to Responsible Investing for Equities. Member of the PRI’s Macroeconomic Risk Advisory Committee.

We are signatories to the UK Stewardship Code and were awarded “Tier 1” status by the Financial Reporting Council in the UK.


Investing in Solutions Providers

For almost two decades we have recognised the significant problems associated with the exploding demand for food, water and clean energy driven primarily by population growth. And with a further two billion people expected on the planet by 2050, failure to act is not an option.1

We identify and invest in businesses tackling and solving these issues, companies which we term ‘solution providers’.

Increase Supply & Access

Improve & Assure Quality Decrease Demand & Waste

Build & Repair Infrastructure


Water The Issue Water scarcity threatens economic development, political stability and public health. While the world’s capacity to respond is in doubt, our companies are at the forefront in providing solutions. Globally, over 45 million m3 of water are lost through leakage every day, which the World Bank estimates costs utilities around $14bn per annum.4

Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.2

The Solutions Water Treatment & Reuse

Leak Detection

Our companies’ innovations provide significant environmental, social and economic benefits through treating and reusing wastewater. And despite the fact that it requires 10 times less energy than desalination, today only 2% of all water comes from a reused source.5

One innovation has already saved over 440bn litres of treated water by preventing an estimated 4,000 ‘leak events’. This leak detection system has covered 26,000kms of water infrastructure, reducing costs by a factor of 10 and delivering huge savings to municipalities and governments.6

Reduces Water Stress

Safe & Efficient Technology

Water demand to increase 40% by 20303

Reliable Water Supply


Clean Energy The Issue Combatting global warming and air pollution has resulted in a huge increase in the demand for clean energy worldwide. However, our existing energy networks are old, increasingly unreliable and often unsuited to the variable nature of renewable energy supply. Creating a clean energy economy will require updating the world’s electrical grids and building the infrastructure to connect renewable energy facilities to areas of high power demand.

A record 157 gigawatts of renewable power was commissioned in 2017, far outstripping the net 70 gigawatts of fossil fuel generating capacity.7

The Solutions


In 41 countries, less than half the population has access to electricity8


Grid Integration

Energy Storage

Our companies create the high voltage equipment and systems that enable network integration and the rollout of smart grid applications. One is already transmitting up to 6,400 MW of clean, renewable hydropower (that’s more than enough electricity to supply all of Ireland) across 7000 km of grid with 93 percent efficiency.9

Surplus energy (such as that produced by wind turbines at night, when demand is low) can be stored and used at a later stage to level out peaks in energy demand. An Italian utility company is investing in energy storage capacity which offers offer great benefits in terms of grid balancing and reliability. That company is putting in place capacity storage agreements for a large California utility, with a capacity of 85MW, enough power to supply close to 50,000 homes.10

Agribusiness The Issue According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, one in nine of the global population (795m people) were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016.11 This will be compounded going forward as we expect a 70% increase in demand for food by 2030.

98% of the world’s hungry live in developing regions. Most of them live in Asia.12

The Solutions Professional Farming Farmland asset owners are leasing

the management of their farms to high-quality professional farmers, who through the usage of precision agriculture, modern technology and other farming techniques are delivering significantly enhanced production yields.

Food Transportation & Food Storage With up to 50% of produce wasted between farm and fork, efficient logistics are not only crucial to reducing post-harvest losses but also necessary for regions, countries and businesses to participate in the global economy, boost growth and improve livelihoods. We invest in owners and operators of such facilities and services.

50% Up to 50% of harvest wasted between farm and fork13


Alignment with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

What is “Impact”and why is it Important to Measure it? Impact is the measurable, beneficial social or environmental effect an investment generates alongside its financial return. However, one issue with beneficial impacts is that they are often hard to measure. For example, investing in food safety has a clear beneficial impact (preventing illness), but how material is the impact relative to the size of the investment, and/or to the size of the investment portfolio?

How We Measure Impact 8,673mwhr

total electricity is generated from a €10m investment in the KBIGI Energy Solutions strategy.14

17.8 billion cubic metres of wastewater per year treated by the companies we invest in.15 8

Our Natural Resources Strategies invest in companies addressing global shortages in clean and safe food, water and energy. So, it’s clear these strategies have social and environmental benefits, it is obviously “Impact” investing.

Challenges However, for investors ‘impact’ can be difficult to quantify. We simply can’t add the benefits of clean water to reduced carbon emissions or add safer food to increased food production.

Customised Methodology* Instead, we look at the total revenue of companies in our portfolios and allocate it to various business activities. We then calculate whether each activity makes a positive, neutral or negative contribution to achieving the UN SDGs.

Results Through weighting, we can then calculate what percentage of a portfolio’s revenue is positively or negatively contributing to achieving those goals. The results are displayed opposite, showing an astonishing 78.5% of revenue supporting SDG achievement.**

*Calculations are based on KBIGI’s own methodology and are not independently verified. **Global Resource Solutions strategy, as of December 2017.

What are the SDGs? In 2015, the UN adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a measurable set of social and economic targets to be achieved by 2030. They cover a range of issues like poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, energy, sanitation, environment and social justice.

Global Resource Solutions Strategy and SDGs Results

Negative Neutral


Positive Revenue supporting SDG achievement Positive

20% 15% 10% 5% 0 -5%


ESG Integration Natural Resources Our Natural Resources strategies use a proprietary, four-factor valuation model, two of which are ESG factors: Environmental and Social: Does the company enhance society’s environmental and/or social/sustainable goals?

Governance: Do management sufficiently represent the interests of shareholders, particularly minority shareholders? If not, can this be changed?

Each of these factors is given a score, which feeds into the investment process, directly influencing whether or not a company will be included in the portfolio, and if so, what size of investment we make.

“The ESG performance of companies is a key factor in our investment process”.

Global Equity Our Global Equity strategies have a strong emphasis on the Social and Governance elements of sustainable investing, both of which we believe to be long-term sources of alpha and are embedded into our investment thesis. Our research also shows that high quality companies, with high payout commitments, demonstrate a higher level of corporate governance. Simply put, we believe that shareholder (rather than management) interests are given a higher priority when compared to low or non-dividend payers. More broadly, we explicitly incorporate ESG scores within the investment process.


During portfolio construction, we target superior ESG scores versus the benchmark. ESG is one of the key factors that we use to rank the attractiveness of a company alongside our other favoured metrics. This is consistent across all our Global Equity strategies. The graphic opposite shows the ESG characteristics that result from this investment process. In the bar chart, for each item the ESG score of our Global Equity portfolio is compared to that of the benchmark, using the methodology of Style Research. As a general rule of thumb, a value of more than +1.0 is “significant” while a value of more than 2.0 is “very significant”.

Company Commitment to ESG

Company Sustainability Disclosure & Reporting

Climate Change

Company Location & Operations

Financial System & Accouting

Key Issues17

Environmental Opportunites

Board, Ownership & Pay

Governance Corruption & Instability

Raw Material Sourcing

Natural Capital

Environmental Business Ethics

Social Water Stress & Land use

Social Opportunities

Product Safety & Quality

Pollution & Waste

Controversial Sourcing

Access to Water, Energy & Food

Health & Safety

Labour Management & Supply Chain Standards

ESG Scores Global Equity ESG Strategy 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 ESG Overall

ESG Social

ESG Human Capital

ESG Natural Capital

ESG Pollution & Waste

ESG Envir

ESG Climate Change

ESG Corp Behaviour

ESG Governance


ESG Characteristics Source: KBI Global Investors (using representative strategy data) Style Research, MSCI World, 31st March 2018, in EUR.


Active Ownership Voting and Engagement We take a stewardship role on behalf of our clients

Engagement Type

Engagement We engage with companies for a variety of reasons, but we particularly focus on those who do not publish adequate environmental information and those who are ‘laggards’ with regard to addressing climate change issues, as well as companies where we have strong concerns about ESG performance. In 2017, we engaged directly with 18 companies, as well as collaborated with various industry bodies on 9 issues.



Example of Direct Corporate Engagement We engaged with Tyson foods, a multinational US food company on the use of antibiotics in farm animals. While they aim to stop using antibiotics for their own production, we further engaged with them to extend the policy to their suppliers. We also voted ‘for’ the shareholder proposal for the company to ‘implement a water quality stewardship policy’ in order to address issues like runoff and water quality.

Example of Collaborative Engagement In 2017, our collaborative engagement efforts were mainly, though not exclusively, focused on climate change issues. One example was working with the CERES Investor Network and the IIGCC, where in 2017 we pre-declared our intention to vote against Exxon Mobil management on a climate change resolution at their 2017 AGM, resulting in a milestone win for Investors.






Proxy Voting

Our policy is to vote all securities that we are entitled to vote on, on behalf of our client portfolios. In 2017, we voted at 1029 meetings worldwide for all our strategies, voting against management in 7.9% of all proposals, and on 32% of all shareholder proposals.




North America


Middle East & Africa


2778 Asia

213 Pacific

Latin America



1029 Meetings

12030 Proposals / Voting items


Responsible Investing Team

Jeanne Collins ESG Analyst

Eoin Fahy Head of Responsible Investing

We have established a high-level Responsible Investing Committee, co-chaired by two of the firm’s executive directors (Chief Investment Officer, Noel O’Halloran and Head of Business Development & Client Services, Geoff Blake). Other members include our Head of Responsible Investing, our Head of Compliance and various senior product specialists responsible for differing aspects of Responsible Investing.


Experience (years)

In firm (years)

Chief Investment Officer



Eoin Fahy

Head of Responsible Investing



Geoff Blake

Head of Business Development



Derval Murray

Head of Compliance & Risk



Michael Gray

Head of Middle Office



Niall Murphy

Senior Vice President – Business Development & Client Services, Europe



William Boardman

Senior Vice President – Business Development & Client Services, North America



Peter Fox

Senior Vice President – Business Development & Client Services, North America



Jeanne Collins

ESG Analyst



James Collery

Senior Portfolio Manager – ESG Strategies



Key Staff


Noel O’Halloran


average years of industry experience

At KBI Global Investors we have a broad range of products available to investors seeking solutions incorporating ESG, Sustainability or Impact. We are currently working with some of the largest asset owners in the world, delivering solutions to their specific investment needs.

Our Range of equity strategies: KBI Global Water KBI Global Resource Solutions KBI Global Sustainable Infrastructure KBI Global Agribusiness

Many global institutional consultants have also positively rated our products, providing a strong endorsement of our investment expertise for our clients.

KBI Global Energy Solutions

If you are looking for a broad global equity strategy, one that fully integrates ESG, or a concentrated equity strategy, delivering measurable impact investments, then why not get in touch with KBIGI, a firm committed to active engagement and with responsible investing at its core. You can reach us at info@kbigi.com

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Investing in the Community We invest in the local community and are committed to a number of socially motivated endeavours in and around the IFSC in Dublin. Whilst we can and do offer our chosen charities financial support, we have always believed active participation with these organisations to be more important than simply ‘writing a cheque’. We run an ‘Employee Volunteering Programme’ whereby staff members may commit a portion of their work hours to volunteer with local charities. We have always invested in young people, and in addition to our Employee Volunteering Programme, every year we offer work experience and internship opportunities to those interested in an investment-orientated career.


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