GES Services Overview

With 25 years of experience advising clients on responsible investment, we know how our screening and active ownership services can help investors integrate environmental, social and governance factors into their investment decision-making processes, thereby protecting investment returns. GES combines an in-depth research capacity with a rigorous approach to engagement and voting. We have solutions that fit investors whether they are taking the first steps within ESG integration or are looking to advance their active ownership.

GES recognises that responsible investing can mean many things and vary from client to client. GES takes a very inclusive approach to the basis of engagement and is open to engaging not only on the basis of GES’ own proprietary research but also client research as well as other external research.

 

 Screening & Analysis  Active Ownership
GES Alert
Norms-based monitoring
   GES Business
Conduct Engagement

Norms-based engagement
>> GES Global Ethical
Standard

Norms-based screening
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  GES Controversial
Negative screening
   GES Stewardship & Risk Engagement
Thematic engagement
GES Proxy Voting & Corporate Governance
Voting and engagement overlay services

 


 

GES Alert

Norms-based news monitoring

GES Alert is a news monitoring service which offers investors early notifications of companies potentially in breach of the UN Global Compact principles and relevant international standards on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

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GES Global Ethical Standard

Norms-based screening

GES Global Ethical Standard is a systematic screening of companies used by investors to ensure compliance with international norms on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, as well as adherence to the PRI (Principles for Responsible Investments). The UN Global Compact is used as the wider framework (see table below), interpreting international conventions and guidelines to companies. The analysis model is based on the principle that companies have a responsibility to comply with international norms even though they are not legally bound to.

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GES Controversial

Negative screening

The GES Controversial is a compliance screening of investment universes or portfolios. It enables investors to avoid business activities that can be regarded as controversial on the basis of their fundamental values and/or investment policy. GES Controversial measure how large part the controversial business activity is in relation to the turnover of the company. The analysis is made on the basis of a systematic screening of the companies.

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GES Business Conduct Engagement

Norms-based engagement

The GES Business Conduct Engagement is an incident driven engagement service that offers investors a collaborative tool for an active ownership process.  Investors can follow and take part in GES engagement dialogues, as well as extract information that is essential for investment decision and ownership process through a web-based platform.

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GES Stewardship & Risk Engagement

Proactive thematic engagement

GES has developed a selection of thematic engagements that focus on raising standards across industries and on creating positive change in regards to some of the most challenging ESG risk issues. The thematic engagements are client driven and focus on issues and themes, which are most material to clients. Currently, GES provides the following thematic engagements:

  • Business ethics and culture
  • Carbon risk
  • Children’s rights
  • Cybersecurity
  • Emerging markets
  • Food supply chain
  • Japan Stewardship Engagement
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Sustainable seafood
  • Taxation
  • Water

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GES Proxy Voting & Corporate Governance

Voting and engagement overlay services

GES offers a fully automated proxy voting service and engagement services that focus on corporate governance across clients’ active and passive portfolios. It is a tailored outsourcing service of the voting process where GES works as an extension to the investor’s internal team.

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GES Japan Stewardship Engagement (in cooperation with Governance for Owners Japan)

Governance-based engagement

The engagement spans three years and focuses initially on 7 large-cap companies. Our business partner, Governance for Owners Japan (GOJ), is leading the engagement process based on the methodology developed by GES and with our full support.  The main areas that we will focus on in this engagement include:

  • Effectiveness of the board
  • Compensation structure
  • Diversity
  • Succession planning
  • Escalation of issues
  • Implementation

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