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Board Committee Terms of Reference
The Board has established three committees to assist in the management of the business. These are the Audit and Risk Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Nomination Committee. The terms of reference are set out below.
Jupiter has a formal Stewardship Committee. This supports our commitment to the UK Stewardship Code, which outlines best practice on how institutional shareholders should fulfil their stewardship responsibilities. The Committee, which meets quarterly, is chaired by the Head of Investments and comprises fund managers, corporate governance and sustainability analysts.
The aim of the Committee is to develop and deliver a co-ordinated approach to engagement with chairmen, directors and independent non-executive directors for Jupiter’s fund management department. Fund managers and governance/sustainability analysts work in partnership when engaging with companies. Through this process, fund managers are able to gain investment insight, make informed decisions and influence investee companies, on behalf of our clients.
Jupiter’s Sustainability Review Committee, also chaired by the Head of Investments, comprises both fund managers and dedicated sustainability and governance specialists. This Committee reviews Jupiter’s engagement activity with companies on social and environmental issues and monitors these risks and opportunities across Jupiter’s funds. Common membership of both committees by governance and sustainability analysts ensures co-ordination and consistency across our stewardship and sustainability work.
The document below ‘UK Stewardship Code Jupiter’s approach’ sets out our compliance with this Code. In addition, our Stewardship Disclosure Framework for Asset Managers provides a simple ‘at a glance’ view of our stewardship policies and activities. This Framework, designed by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), is publicly available on the NAPF website and also below.
These documents compliment Jupiter’s Corporate Governance and Voting Policy which sets out our approach to corporate governance and voting.
Our approach to stewardship
The monthly reports represent the majority view taken by Jupiter on behalf of Jupiter funds and certain institutional mandates we manage. This is primarily because Jupiter’s clients have varying voting mandates and there may be occasions when we submit different voting instructions for the same meeting.
Jupiter appoints a third party agency to transmit its proxy voting instructions. The voting process is reliant on various parties such as custodians and sub-custodians. The information set out in the monthly reports details the instructions submitted to our proxy voting agency.
The information below refers to our commitments under the European Union’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) which applies to our SICAV and Irish domiciled fund range. This legislative framework forms part of the boarder EU Action Plan which aims to reorient capital flows towards a more sustainable economy and foster a long-term approach. SFDR seeks to harmonise ESG disclosures and set standards at both firm and product level. The objectives are centred on three main goals: i) financial market participants to outline the manner in which sustainability risks are integrated into investment decisions , ii) provide policies and disclosures on the negative consequences of investing – Principal Adverse Impacts and iii) to combat the issue of greenwashing through the classification of financial products based on their sustainable investment goals.
Jupiter has actively engaged with clients and industry on this regulatory path. We support the SFDR and our active management approach can further these goals and guard against greenwashing. All of our SICAV and Irish domiciled funds integrate sustainability risks into their investment decision making process falling under Article 6 of SFDR with exception of:
Funds that promote environmental or social characteristics falling under Article 8 of SFDR:
- JGF Jupiter Global Sustainable Equities (Lux)
Funds that have a sustainable investment objective falling under Article 9 of SFDR are:
- JGF Jupiter Global Ecology Growth
- JGF Jupiter Global Ecology Diversified
Please refer to Jupiter’s Stewardship Policy for information on polices connected to the integration of sustainability risks within the investment decision making process. Additional SFDR information is available below:
Statements and Policies
Diversity and inclusion statement
At Jupiter, we believe diversity and inclusion is vital to our business.
Women in finance charter
At Jupiter, we recognise the importance of embracing diversity and inclusion at the most fundamental level within our business.
Our policy on Board Diversity.
Gender pay gap report
Find our latest Gender Pay Gap Report as well as previous years’ reports.
Jupiter Pride Network celebrates Pride Month
Jupiter Pension Scheme Documents
COVID-19 (coronavirus) statement
As well as its impact on daily life, the Coronavirus outbreak is contributing to significant volatility in investment markets. Understandably you may be concerned about the impact of the current market volatility on your pension savings.
While it is difficult to predict where markets will end up over the coming weeks and months, it is important not to lose sight of the bigger picture. Pension saving is a long-term process and it’s important not to focus on day-to-day market conditions. The further you are from retirement, the more time there is to recover from short-term market fluctuations.
You may wish to speak to your Independent Financial Advisor to seek advice regarding your pension savings. Alternatively, if you are aged 50 or over, the Government Pension Wise service is available to give you free and impartial guidance on your choices. For information, and to arrange a face to face, online or telephone consultation about your options, visit pensionwise.co.uk.
In the meantime the Trustee and Jupiter are working closely together to ensure minimum disruption to your pension administration service.
If you have a question or need to request further information, members should contact Oliver Porter in the Jupiter HR department on 020 3817 1248, or alternatively write to:
Jupiter Asset Management Limited
The Zig Zag Building
70 Victoria Street
You can also contact the Scheme Administrator’s office:
Post Handling Centre
St James’s Tower
7 Charlotte Street
Manchester M1 4DZ