GES believes that material ESG integration starts with what investors own and recognises that most ESG portfolio manager and stakeholder questions arise following company events or incidents. GES has a systemised process which singles out news of special investor concern which often take long before being highlighted in mainstream media or disappear in the torrent of news. GES daily monitors over 20,000 different news media sources worldwide, in addition to reports and websites of NGOs and intergovernmental organisations.

GES Alert is the starting point for further analysis of a company within the norms-based screening service GES Global Ethical Standard and the foundation of norms-based engagement processes.

 


GES Alert

Norms-based news monitoring

GES Alert is a norms-based news monitoring service which offers investors early notifications of companies potentially in breach of UN Global Compact principles and relevant international standards on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. The monitoring process identifies news of particular investor concern which often take longer before being highlighted in mainstream media or which disappear in the torrent of news. GES Alert covers major global indices and can be customised with additional companies if needed. It also offers clients weekly email notifications and monitors around 20,000 different news media sources worldwide daily, in addition to reports and web pages of NGOs and intergovernmental organisations.

The monitoring is systematic and based on specific international conventions and guidelines on human rights, labour standards, environment, and corruption such as:

  •        UN Global Compact
  •        OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  •        Human rights conventions
  •        Labour rights conventions
  •        Environmental conventions
  •        Weapons-related conventions

Extended service: Extended Alert and Extended Incident Watch

Extended reporting can be added to GES Alert which includes certain norm areas of the OECD Guidelines as well as underlying international conventions and guidelines. The following chapters of the OECD’s guidelines are covered:

  •        Consumer Interests – Chapter VIII
  •        Competition – Chapter X
  •        Taxation – Chapter XI

GES Alert constitute the starting point for further analysis of a company within the norm-based screening GES Global Ethical Standard and of norms-based engagement.

 

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GES Global Ethical Standard

Norms-based screening

GES Global Ethical Standard is a systematic norms-based 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, interpreting international conventions and guidelines to companies, which an increasing number of stakeholders require compliance to.

GES Global Ethical Standard can be used in the investment decision-making process:

  • Pre-investment
    – to avoid investments in companies violating international norms
    – as part of company valuations
  • Post-investment
    – to keep investors informed of reported violations associated to companies in their investment portfolio, leading to either engagement or divestment

GES Global Ethical Standard covers 19,000+ companies from major global indices and can be expanded to include additional companies if needed. Both equities and fixed income, publicly listed, and unlisted holdings can be screened.

Incidents detected as being severe and/or systematic violations of international standards are reported as Alerts and distributed in weekly emails. When an Alert is published, GES initiates in-depth research and analysis of each incident by contacting the company and relevant sources to verify available information and to access more information and receive regular updates. The company’s measures to address the issue is also assessed. GES issues a conclusion based on specific criteria for each case.

The monitoring is systematic and based on specific international conventions and guidelines on human rights, labour standards, environment and corruption such as:

  • UN Global Compact
  • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • Human rights conventions
  • Labour rights conventions
  • Environmental conventions
  • Weapons-related conventions

GES Global Ethical Standard is also the basis for an active ownership process through GES Business Conduct Engagement which can easily be added to the screening process when needed.

 

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GES Controversial

Negative screening

GES Controversial service 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 the investor’s fundamental values and/or investment policy. GES Controversial measures 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 themselves. GES Controversial covers major global indices and is tailored to fit the client’s investment policy.

GES Controversial can be used to avoid specific business activities in portfolios and investments. Examples of current exclusion criteria are production and/or sales of:

  • Arms and armaments
  • Tobacco (production and/or distribution)
  • Alcohol (production and/or distribution)
  • Adult Entertainment
  • Gambling
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Nuclear Power
  • Coal

 

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