1. integrates shareholder engagement in its investment strategies.
Research and analysis by our investment managers includes evaluation of performance on strategy, financials, risk, material environmental social and governance (‘ESG’) factors. Engagement with company management, boards, subject specialists as well as other shareholders and stakeholders is a key inputinto this process and investment strategy. Voting and engagement activities can be used by the Firm to provide a forward-looking view of the financial and non-financial performance of a company.
2. monitors investee companies on relevant matters (e.g. strategy, financial and non-financial performance and risk, capital structure, social and environmental impact and corporate governance);PCM actively monitors investee companies. Areas of focus may include issues regarding company strategy, ongoing performance, operational ESG factors. The Firm may have discussions with company officials and representatives where appropriate.
The Firm’s monitoring is also supported by the following:
3. conducts dialogues with investee companies.
The Firm will take a case-by-case approach in its decision to engage with the management of an investee company. Normal methods through which dialogue shall be exercised include regular meetings, visits, and telephone calls during which PCM discuss and pose questions on operational, strategic, and other management issues and, where appropriate, the Firm shall offer their own opinions and comments, based on their fiduciary duty to its clients.
4. exercises voting and any other shareholder rights.
For PCM, voting is an effective tool to escalate issues and express concerns and/or opinions the Firm may have. PCM aims to ensure effective and efficient votingprocesses and controls by focusing on investments that are material to the Firm.5. cooperates with other shareholders.PCM takes into consideration the following when deciding whether to participate incollective engagement:
- the engagement objectives of the collective group are consistent with PCM’s
- engaging as part of a group will be more successful than engaging individually;
- engaging as a group could be interpreted as having “acted in concert” with another financial institution. If PCM’s team believe that this may be the case,the Firm will not participate.
6. communicates with relevant stakeholders of investee companies.
PCM’s investment professionals regularly engage with companies seeking to improve shareholder value, specifically the value of clients’ investments. Engagement activities in some instances are conducted on a one-to-one basis with company management or members of the board of directors.
7. manages actual and potential conflicts of interests in relation to PCM’s engagement.
ProcedurePCM as an investment firm is aware that conflicts of interest may arise when assessing whether and how to engage with companies. The Firm has a Conflict-of-Interest Policyin place to help define limitations, the need for robust internal processes and procedures to mitigate the risk of conflicts, as well as the disclosure being the last resort for instances in which potential or actual conflicts are unable to be effectively managed internally.PCM must publicly disclose on an annual basis how its engagement policy has been implemented and shall disclose a general description of voting behaviour, an explanation of the most significant votes and report on the use of the services of proxy advisors. The disclosure must include details of how votes have been cast unless they are insignificant due to the subject matter of the vote or to the size of the holding in the company.
The disclosures mentioned above will be made available on the firm’s website and reviewed and updated at least annually.
PLATINUM CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
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London SW1Y 6QU United Kingdom
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