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Our Approach

AlbaCore places a strong focus on health, safety, environmental, social responsibility, and corporate governance issues, and has adopted an ESG Policy based on values that are consistent with the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (to which we are a signatory). The senior investment team started investing with an ESG focus in 2010 when they worked together at Canada Pension Plan Investments (CPPIB) and implemented ESG considerations in investment committee (‘IC’) approvals from AlbaCore’s inception.

We believe that companies that operate with appropriate Environmental, Social and Governance standards are more likely to deliver long-term earnings and fundamentally increase value.

ESG Committee

We have a cross-departmental ESG Committee that meet regularly and are responsible for enforcing the ESG Policy and responsible investment approach.

ESG Risk Management

Our approach is risk-based and the materiality of potential or existing risks are discussed at the Investment Committee level for each investment.

Internal ESG Ratings

For each investment, the respective investment analyst scores it individually for E, S, and G as well as an overall ESG risk of the investment.

Industry Bodies

Principles for Responsible Investment (‘UNPRI’) signatory, Carbon Disclosure Project (‘CDP’) and Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (‘TCFD’) supporter.

Carbon Conscious Investing (‘CCI’)

We have developed a solution to provide transparency on a portfolio’s estimated carbon footprint.

Negative Screening

We exclude certain industries based on revenue thresholds as part of the negative screening process (varies depending on product type).

Evolution of AlbaCore’s ESG Strategy

Our Responsible Investment Process

When a new opportunity is presented, the Investment team ensures it is reviewed in accordance with the values of the business and AlbaCore’s ESG Policy.

Negative Screening

AlbaCore Capital Group employs a negative screening process and filters out investments that don't comply with our ESG Policy.

As part of our ESG process we screen out investments based on a threshold of revenue derived from certain industries.

AlbaCore also screens investments to check whether they fall in the scope of certain prohibited activities and sanctions.

Investment Committee

Our approach is risk-based and the materiality of potential or existing risks is discussed at the Investment Committee (IC) for each investment.

As part of the investment due diligence process, AlbaCore will review ESG risk factors in relation to the proposed investment and these factors will be considered by the IC and documented in the IC Memo.

Active ESG Monitoring

In conjunction with the risk management function, AlbaCore's investment team maintains relevant risk monitoring in relation to the Fund's investment portfolio post-trade execution.

We currently have an ESG risk monitoring system for investments that are classified as high ESG risk: these names are monitored closely, and any material issues are noted.

If an investment has been flagged for a material ESG concern, an ESG subcommittee would meet to opine on the best course of action.

Policies and Resources

AlbaCore’s ESG Policy

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AlbaCore’s SFDR Disclosure

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AlbaCore’s Negative Screening Process

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Our Industry Partners

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In 2021, AlbaCore introduced Carbon Conscious Investing (CCI), which is a solution to provide transparency on a portfolio's estimated carbon footprint. CCI will provide semi-annual reporting on the carbon footprint of specific portfolios as a whole as well as on a line-by-line basis.

We want to be a thought leader in the credit space and set a blueprint for our asset class. This allows investors to directly compare their credit portfolio's carbon footprint across portfolios, investments, time-period and asset classes. The methodology has been reviewed by a third-party carbon specialist.