Commitment to responsible investing

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 ratings - in 2017 we scored A+ in Strategy & Governance and for our fixed income strategies and maintained our A rating for both equity strategies.

    UNPRI* Fidelity Score

    Module 2017 Fidelity Score 2017 Median 2016 Fidelity Score 2016 Median
    Strategy & Governance A+ A A B
    Listed Equity - Incorporation A A A A
    Listed Equity - Active Ownership A B A B
    Fixed Income - Corporate Non-Financial A+ B A+ C
    Fixed Income - SSA A+ B A+ C
    Fixed Income - Corporate Financial A+ B A+ C
    Fixed Income - Securitised A+ E A+ E

    To access the PRI transparency report, please visit https://www.unpri.org/organisation/fidelity-international-142076

    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
     
  • 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.

    • Shareholder voting
       
    • Voting record 1 April 2017 - 30 June 2017*

      In three months to 30 June 2017, Fidelity International gave instructions to vote as follows:

      Region Votes with management Votes against management** Abstain** Blocked Took no action*** Total
      Americas 266 188 14 0 2 270
      Asia 655 21 5 0 4 685
      Europe 160 247 3 4 2 416
      Japan 172 125 0 0 0 297
      MEA 10 3 4 0 0 17
      Australia 36 4 5 0 0 45
      UK 176 63 2 0 1 242
      Total 1475 651 33 4 9 2172

      Voting record 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017*

      In the 12 months to 30 June 2017, Fidelity International gave instructions to vote as follows:

      Region Votes with management Votes against management** Abstain** Blocked Took no action*** Total
      Americas 366 225 20 0 3 614
      Asia 1223 65 7 0 10 1305
      Europe 281 303 8 15 67 674
      Japan 228 180 0 0 0 408
      MEA 32 12 8 0 0 52
      Australia 158 49 15 0 1 223
      UK 315 138 4 0 5 462
      Total 2603 972 62 15 86 3738

      This information is distinct from the voting record disclosed by Fidelity Management & Research Co.
      * Excludes funds locally registered in France, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
      ** ‘Against Management’ and ‘Abstain’ meetings are where Fidelity voted against management or abstained in respect of one or more resolutions.
      *** ‘Took No Action’ meetings relate principally to the General Meetings of Fidelity Funds.

    • Summary of votes cast
       
    • The chart below shows a summary of votes cast by Fidelity between 1st July 2016 and 30th June 2017.

      Summary of votes cast 2015 Q3 to 2016 Q2

    • Summary of meetings by region
       
    • The chart below shows a summary of votes cast by Fidelity between 1st July 2016 and 30th June 2017

      Summary of meetings by region

    • Summary of votes per month
       
    • The chart below shows a breakdown of the number of votes per month between 1st July 2016 and 30th June 2017

      Summary of votes per month

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.

Related insights

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.

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 (ICGN)

  • Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA)

  • Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets (ASIFM)

  • Hong Kong Investment Funds Association (HKIFA)

  • The Association of British Insurers (ABI), the Corporate Governance Forum, Investment Association (IA), and UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) in the UK

  • The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO)

FAQs

  • What is responsible investing?
     
  • 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.

  • What does ESG stand for?
     
  • 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.

  • What were Fidelity’s main activities in ESG over 2016?
     
  • 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.

  • Who are the UNPRI?
     
  • The UNPRI 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’s score in Strategy and Governance increased to A+ and we maintained our A ratings on all equity modules, and scored A+ for our fixed income modules.

  • What are the UNPRI’s six Principles?
     
  • 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.

  • What is active ownership?
     
  • 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 Responsible Investment Policy.

  • What external governance-related bodies does Fidelity participate in?
     
  • 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 and Corporate Governance Working Groups and many other trade and industry bodies around the world.

  • How does Fidelity integrate ESG factors into their investment decision?
     
  • 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, real estate teams and multi-asset 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 globally.

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

  • Does Fidelity have an Exclusion List and if so what does it cover?
     
  • Fidelity has a Cluster Munitions and Anti-personnel Landmines (CM & APL) Exclusion List based on guidance from international conventions and supranational bodies. The CM & APL Exclusion list has been formulated using a third party ESG screening product with input from our internal research team. It includes those issuers who actually use, stockpile, manufacture and/or produce Cluster Munitions and Anti-Personnel Mines.

  • How many companies are on the Exclusion List?
     
  • The Exclusion List currently includes 18 publicly listed companies and 18 private companies within eligible investment jurisdictions.

  • How often is the Exclusion List reviewed?
     
  • The Exclusion List is reviewed every 6 months.

  • What is your policy on carbon emissions?
     
  • Climate change and carbon emissions exposure is consistently monitored across our funds and we incorporate these factors into our investment analysis across sectors where it is material. From our research process, we often and consistently engage with companies on their exposure to carbon and their strategy to deal with climate change.

  • Can Fidelity offer an ESG solution to institutional clients?
     
  • We can tailor portfolios for our institutional clients to reflect specific ESG themes or restrictions and we welcome the opportunity to discuss your particular requirements.