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  • Overall approach
    4/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/14
      Deforestation commitment
      Understanding of the risks
      4/14
      "Companies should understand and manage their contribution to deforestation. Responsible for up to 20% of global carbon emissions, deforestation is becoming a vital public policy issue. Companies should be ready for future legislation and ensure the sustainability of their supply chains. Furthermore companies who do not manage their deforestation impact appropriately face increasing reputational and ’licence to operate’ risks given growing public awareness of the issue. Highlighted areas are: forestry, cattle, agriculture (particularly palm oil) and biofuels."
    • Company must have anti-corruption policy
      0/2
  • Commodity score
    7/64
    • Beef & Leather
      10/64
      • Commitment Strength
        10/42
        • Commodity-specific financing policy
          9.6/9.6
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            8/8
            Commitment details
            Yes
            8/8
            Type of policy: Sustainable/Responsible
            "Companies should understand and manage their contribution to deforestation. Responsible for up to 20% of global carbon emissions, deforestation is becoming a vital public policy issue. Companies should be ready for future legislation and ensure the sustainability of their supply chains. Furthermore companies who do not manage their deforestation impact appropriately face increasing reputational and ’licence to operate’ risks given growing public awareness of the issue. Highlighted areas are: forestry, cattle, agriculture (particularly palm oil) and biofuels."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies should understand and manage their contribution to deforestation. Responsible for up to 20% of global carbon emissions, deforestation is becoming a vital public policy issue. Companies should be ready for future legislation and ensure the sustainability of their supply chains. Furthermore companies who do not manage their deforestation impact appropriately face increasing reputational and ’licence to operate’ risks given growing public awareness of the issue. Highlighted areas are: forestry, cattle, agriculture (particularly palm oil) and biofuels."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies should understand and manage their contribution to deforestation. Responsible for up to 20% of global carbon emissions, deforestation is becoming a vital public policy issue. Companies should be ready for future legislation and ensure the sustainability of their supply chains. Furthermore companies who do not manage their deforestation impact appropriately face increasing reputational and ’licence to operate’ risks given growing public awareness of the issue. Highlighted areas are: forestry, cattle, agriculture (particularly palm oil) and biofuels."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies should understand and manage their contribution to deforestation. Responsible for up to 20% of global carbon emissions, deforestation is becoming a vital public policy issue. Companies should be ready for future legislation and ensure the sustainability of their supply chains. Furthermore companies who do not manage their deforestation impact appropriately face increasing reputational and ’licence to operate’ risks given growing public awareness of the issue. Highlighted areas are: forestry, cattle, agriculture (particularly palm oil) and biofuels."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies should understand and manage their contribution to deforestation. Responsible for up to 20% of global carbon emissions, deforestation is becoming a vital public policy issue. Companies should be ready for future legislation and ensure the sustainability of their supply chains. Furthermore companies who do not manage their deforestation impact appropriately face increasing reputational and ’licence to operate’ risks given growing public awareness of the issue. Highlighted areas are: forestry, cattle, agriculture (particularly palm oil) and biofuels."
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must protect priority forests or globally important landscapes
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Assurance mechanism to ensure compliance
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Commitments must be timebound
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Social Considerations
        0/22
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
    • Palm oil
      10/64
      • Commitment Strength
        10/42
        • Commodity-specific financing policy
          9.6/9.6
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            8/8
            Commitment details
            Yes
            8/8
            Type of policy: Sustainable/Responsible
            "Companies should understand and manage their contribution to deforestation. Responsible for up to 20% of global carbon emissions, deforestation is becoming a vital public policy issue. Companies should be ready for future legislation and ensure the sustainability of their supply chains. Furthermore companies who do not manage their deforestation impact appropriately face increasing reputational and ’licence to operate’ risks given growing public awareness of the issue. Highlighted areas are: forestry, cattle, agriculture (particularly palm oil) and biofuels."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies should understand and manage their contribution to deforestation. Responsible for up to 20% of global carbon emissions, deforestation is becoming a vital public policy issue. Companies should be ready for future legislation and ensure the sustainability of their supply chains. Furthermore companies who do not manage their deforestation impact appropriately face increasing reputational and ’licence to operate’ risks given growing public awareness of the issue. Highlighted areas are: forestry, cattle, agriculture (particularly palm oil) and biofuels."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies should understand and manage their contribution to deforestation. Responsible for up to 20% of global carbon emissions, deforestation is becoming a vital public policy issue. Companies should be ready for future legislation and ensure the sustainability of their supply chains. Furthermore companies who do not manage their deforestation impact appropriately face increasing reputational and ’licence to operate’ risks given growing public awareness of the issue. Highlighted areas are: forestry, cattle, agriculture (particularly palm oil) and biofuels."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies should understand and manage their contribution to deforestation. Responsible for up to 20% of global carbon emissions, deforestation is becoming a vital public policy issue. Companies should be ready for future legislation and ensure the sustainability of their supply chains. Furthermore companies who do not manage their deforestation impact appropriately face increasing reputational and ’licence to operate’ risks given growing public awareness of the issue. Highlighted areas are: forestry, cattle, agriculture (particularly palm oil) and biofuels."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies should understand and manage their contribution to deforestation. Responsible for up to 20% of global carbon emissions, deforestation is becoming a vital public policy issue. Companies should be ready for future legislation and ensure the sustainability of their supply chains. Furthermore companies who do not manage their deforestation impact appropriately face increasing reputational and ’licence to operate’ risks given growing public awareness of the issue. Highlighted areas are: forestry, cattle, agriculture (particularly palm oil) and biofuels."
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must protect priority forests or globally important landscapes
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Assurance mechanism to ensure compliance
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Commitments must be timebound
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Social Considerations
        0/22
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
            Commitment details
            No
            0/4
            Type of policy: ILO

            Does the financial institution ask the company to protect the health and safety of its own operations or its supply chain workers?: "Northern Trust’s human rights and workforce principles apply to all global operations and clearly state our support for the rights of minority groups, women and workers. Our principles expressly reference our conformance with public policies including the International Labour Organization’s standards and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s guidelines for multinational enterprises. Employees worldwide also may exercise freedom of association with regard to collective bargaining and trade agreements as permitted by applicable regional laws." https://www.northerntrust.com/documents/annual-reports/csr/northern-trust-corporate-social-responsibility-annual-report-2017.pdf; "Companies must ensure that the human rights not only of their employees and people within their supply chain are protected but also the rights of their customers. Engagement is undertaken with technology companies, in particular, and other sectors to ensure that their customers’ data is secure and used properly." https://cdn.northerntrust.com/pws/nt/documents/investment-management/global-engagement-policy.pdf; "We support the principles set forth by the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and strive to treat all individuals equally." https://www.northerntrust.com/documents/annual-reports/csr/northern-trust-corporate-social-responsibility-highlights-2011.pdf; "We engage on critical human rights issues including eradicating forced labour and child labour in supply chains, promoting access to medicine and nutrition, and protecting the rights of indigenous people. Ignoring such issues can lead to financial, reputational and legal risks for companies, and in the worst cases can limit a company’s social licence to operate." https://www.northerntrust.com/documents/report-guides/engagement/annual/ntccf-world-custom-esg-equity-index-annual-report.pdf
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
            Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
    • Soy
      0/64
      • Commitment Strength
        0/42
        • Commodity-specific financing policy
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must protect priority forests or globally important landscapes
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Assurance mechanism to ensure compliance
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Commitments must be timebound
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Social Considerations
        0/22
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
    • Timber, Pulp & Paper
      10/64
      • Commitment Strength
        10/42
        • Commodity-specific financing policy
          9.6/9.6
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            8/8
            Commitment details
            Yes
            8/8
            Type of policy: Sustainable/Responsible
            "Companies should understand and manage their contribution to deforestation. Responsible for up to 20% of global carbon emissions, deforestation is becoming a vital public policy issue. Companies should be ready for future legislation and ensure the sustainability of their supply chains. Furthermore companies who do not manage their deforestation impact appropriately face increasing reputational and ’licence to operate’ risks given growing public awareness of the issue. Highlighted areas are: forestry, cattle, agriculture (particularly palm oil) and biofuels."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies should understand and manage their contribution to deforestation. Responsible for up to 20% of global carbon emissions, deforestation is becoming a vital public policy issue. Companies should be ready for future legislation and ensure the sustainability of their supply chains. Furthermore companies who do not manage their deforestation impact appropriately face increasing reputational and ’licence to operate’ risks given growing public awareness of the issue. Highlighted areas are: forestry, cattle, agriculture (particularly palm oil) and biofuels."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies should understand and manage their contribution to deforestation. Responsible for up to 20% of global carbon emissions, deforestation is becoming a vital public policy issue. Companies should be ready for future legislation and ensure the sustainability of their supply chains. Furthermore companies who do not manage their deforestation impact appropriately face increasing reputational and ’licence to operate’ risks given growing public awareness of the issue. Highlighted areas are: forestry, cattle, agriculture (particularly palm oil) and biofuels."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies should understand and manage their contribution to deforestation. Responsible for up to 20% of global carbon emissions, deforestation is becoming a vital public policy issue. Companies should be ready for future legislation and ensure the sustainability of their supply chains. Furthermore companies who do not manage their deforestation impact appropriately face increasing reputational and ’licence to operate’ risks given growing public awareness of the issue. Highlighted areas are: forestry, cattle, agriculture (particularly palm oil) and biofuels."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "Companies should understand and manage their contribution to deforestation. Responsible for up to 20% of global carbon emissions, deforestation is becoming a vital public policy issue. Companies should be ready for future legislation and ensure the sustainability of their supply chains. Furthermore companies who do not manage their deforestation impact appropriately face increasing reputational and ’licence to operate’ risks given growing public awareness of the issue. Highlighted areas are: forestry, cattle, agriculture (particularly palm oil) and biofuels."
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must protect priority forests or globally important landscapes
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Assurance mechanism to ensure compliance
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Commitments must be timebound
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Social Considerations
        0/22
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
  • Reporting & Implementation
    10/20
    • Policy is reviewed and updated
      0/5
    • Companies must disclose subsidiaries in commodity supply chains
      0/5
    • Monitoring and non-compliance process
      5/5
      Monitoring compliance
      Yes - Screening and monitoring process
      5/5
      "Our engagement policy covers both our passive and quantitative equity pooled funds. It is implemented through consistent efforts by our Proxy and Engagement team, Equity Analyst team and Hermes EOS. Whenever we see significant risk coming from an investee company’s behaviour, we will make sure it is addressed by engagement – either through Hermes EOS, or directly by our specialist team. If the issue is not resolved, we may consider divesting from such securities, except the situations when they are part of the index strategies, or when investment strategies do not permit us to do so. Hermes EOS conducts engagements with companies that are constituents of the Funds to seek positive change for investors, the companies and the societies in which they operate. Hermes EOS adopt their three-year engagement plans to explain their short-and-medium-term priorities and the links to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" [...] "Hermes Equity Ownership Services ('Hermes EOS') have been appointed to act as agent of each of the Funds to carry out" engagement efforts. "Engagements may relate to longer-term strategic, environmental, social or governance issues, which may not have immediate stock-specific impacts...Hermes EOS will escalate its engagement according to the nature and severity of the concerns...On a quarterly basis Hermes EOS provides a report on the engagement activity undertaken on each Fund’s behalf. On an annual basis it produces a detailed evaluation of the progress and impact of engagements on companies in each Fund’s portfolio."
    • Reporting on implementation of the policy
      5/5
      Reporting
      Yes - Annually
      5/5
      "Hermes Equity Ownership Services ('Hermes EOS') have been appointed to act as agent of each of the Funds to carry out public policy, best practice and corporate governance engagement...On a quarterly basis Hermes EOS provides a report on the engagement activity undertaken on each Fund’s behalf. On an annual basis it produces a detailed evaluation of the progress and impact of engagements on companies in each Fund’s portfolio."
  • Commitment strength
    7/42
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    0/22
    Avg. score

Profile

Northern Trust are a financial services provider headquartered in the US that serves private and institutional clients. Their services include investment management, asset and fund administration, fiduciary and banking solutions. As of 2017, their total assets amount to more than 1.1 trillion USD. Northern Trust are among the top 50 lenders to Forest 500 companies, with loans amounting to more than 4 billion USD across a broad range of forest risk sectors. They are also among the top 20 shareholders for Forest 500 companies, with more than 27 billion USD worth of shares.

HQ
HQ 
United States
Financial institution type
Financial institution type 
Asset management, Bank

How we assess the Forest 500

Investors and lenders need to adopt and implement strong deforestation policies that ensure their investments are not funding the destruction of forests.

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