NRF Collaborative Engagement Tool
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Most institutional investors collaborate when encouraging investee companies to adopt certain business policies. This increasingly relates to ESG principles, for example UNPRI.
This collaborative engagement requires careful navigation of laws and regulations across many jurisdictions.
Responsibility falls on already stretched legal teams who must provide guidance on the legal risks of collaborating with shareholders.
The NRF Collaborative Engagement Tool addresses these challenges directly. It allows institutional investors to safely collaborate while reducing the burden on legal teams to manage associated risks.
We configure the tool around the methods and jurisdictions appropriate to your shareholder collaboration.
When opportunities for collaboration arise, investors complete a questionnaire and receive a recommendation on whether to proceed.
Only unclear scenarios and unusual answers go to legal or compliance.
The legal team uses questionnaire responses and customized NRF guidance to evaluate the risks of unclear scenarios.
They can also request further support from NRF.
Questionnaire responses and final recommendations are stored, and can be visualised on dashboards for reporting, audit, and marketing.
Safely collaborate with the NRF Collaborative Engagement Tool.
Professional investors increasingly collaborate in their stewardship of investee companies. For example, under the UNPRI, investors pledge to be active owners of investee companies and work together in effectively implementing the Principles. However, shareholder collaboration may entail listing disclosure obligations, antitrust investigations or even mandatory takeover bids, among other legal consequences.
Minimizing these risks is key, but challenging:
Legal & Compliance
How it works
The NRF Collaborative Engagement Tool allows investors to collaborate confidently while reducing the burden on legal teams to manage the associated risks. Our global team of lawyers create a questionnaire based on multiple legal topics and your most common collaboration methods.
Investment managers then complete the questionnaire and receive a recommendation on whether to proceed. Only unclear or unusual scenarios go to Legal or Compliance for further guidance.
Questionnaire responses and final recommendations are stored and can be visualized on dashboards for reporting, audit, and marketing.
Abide by & demonstrate compliance with UNPRI
Principles 2 and 5 of the UNPRI state that investors must work together to be active owners of investee companies. Such shareholder collaboration can lead to significant legal risks.
The NRF Collaborative Engagement Tool addresses these problems by:
- Managing legal risks, enabling safer stewardship activities.
- Documenting each instance of collaboration, storing data which can be used to evidence compliance with UNPRI or relevant legal regimes.
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Manage multiple legal risks across several jurisdictions with NRF’s clear legal guidance
Tailored to fit
Guidance provided on your methods of shareholder collaboration in your jurisdictions of operation
Data on each instance of collaboration is stored to demonstrate control of legal risks for audit.
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