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We believe responsible investment leads to enhanced long-term financial returns and a closer alignment of objectives among investors, stakeholders, and society at large.
We believe the benefits of responsible investment include:
- Risk Reduction
- Cost Reduction
- Positive impact on operating performance
We integrate responsible investment practices across our organization. In addition to being an early signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investment (‘PRI’) in 2008, our company is actively engaged in initiatives to improve responsible investment industry standards.
In 2020, Capital Dynamics was awarded the highest rating (A+) from the UN PRI for (i) Strategy & Corporate Governance, (ii) private equity strategy, and (iii) clean energy infrastructure strategy.
Our proprietary investment rating system: R-EYE™
Based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) identified by the UN, we created the R-Eye™ rating system in 2018, and deployed it across our business lines the following year. The proprietary rating system makes use of ten to twelve criteria, depending on the investment strategy, which are included in a scorecard and the responsible investment evaluation process. By scoring a potential investment against these criteria, we can make an informed decision whether to proceed with the due diligence or refer it to our Responsible Investment Committee for further review prior to the final investment decision. After an investment is made, this R-Eye™ rating is actively monitored and updated during the holding period of an investment. Any change in the rating is reported to our investors and protocols are in place to respond quickly and thoughtfully where any material ESG issues are identified.
Capital Dynamics – in-house illustration. The R-Eye™ scorecard for each strategy will vary. Only investments beginning in 2019 are evaluated based on the R-Eye™ framework. Specific investment processes may vary depending on investment vehicle and asset class
Responsible Investment Committee
Our RI Committee includes representation from each investment strategy, investment risk functions, and senior client and business professionals.
The Committee works closely with each investment team as well as the organization as a whole to make sure our RI philosophy runs through our entire business.
- Votes on items such as RI policy and UN PRI submissions
- Advises Investment Committees on RI best practice
- Evaluates potential RI alerts within our investment portfolios
- Sets the agenda for RI training, community involvement and the advancement of RI thought leadership
Five RI Sub-Committees focusing on key topics
In 2019, the firm formed five Sub-Committees to focus on key areas of Responsible Investment ("RI") within the business.
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS GENERATED BY OUR CLEAN ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ASSETS*
CO2 emissions equivalent to:
- 1,512,396 homes' electricity use for one year
- 1,841,332 passenger vehicles driven for one year
- 20,079,074 barrels of oil otherwise consumed
“Incorporating ESG best practices into our firm’s investment process is a top priority. This is no longer considered a ‘nice to have’ but something our clients expect from us.”
Head of Product Development & Strategy, Co-Chair of Responsible Investment Committee
RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT COMMITTEE SENIOR LEADERSHIP
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