BCI Responsible Investing Newsletter

RIN_July2014

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GLOBAL STANDARDS bcIMC encourages the companies we invest in to consider global conventions aligned with labour, health, and safety standards. We also encourage our external managers to consider adopting these best practices. International Labour Organization (ILO) The International Labour Organization is a UN agency that addresses labour issues and standards. The ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, adopted in 1998, addresses four categories: freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; elimination of forced or compulsory labour; abolition of child labour; and elimination of discrimination in respect to employment and occupation. www.ilo.org OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are voluntary standards for responsible business practices, endorsed by OECD members, that apply to multinational companies. Its recommendations relate to corporate governance, transparency, environmental management, human rights, combating bribery, and the elimination of child and forced labour. www.oecd.org United Nations Global Compact The UN Global Compact encourages businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation. Its principles-based framework includes 10 principles, providing recommendations in the areas of labour, human rights, environment, and anti-corruption. www.unglobalcompact.org UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were developed by the United Nations and endorsed by the Human Rights Council in 2011. Its 14 principles, which address occupational health & safety risks, apply to all business enterprises, regardless of size, sector, location, ownership, and structure. http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications GuidingPrinciplesBusinessHR_EN.pdf OUR COMMITMENT TO RESPONSIBLE INVESTING With our $114-billion global portfolio of gross managed assets, bcIMC is among the world's most influential responsible investors. Our commitment to responsible investment is shared with our clients. We are a founding signatory and active member of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), an international initiative to develop and promote best practice in responsible investing by institutional investors. Our website provides regular reports and updates on our responsible investing activities. www.bcimc.com BRITISH COLUMBIA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION 301 – 2940 JUTLAND ROAD, VICTORIA, BC V8T 5K6 | TEL: 778.410.7310 | EMAIL: communications@bcimc.com | WEB: www.bcimc.com bcIMC is the investment agent for many institutional clients; the views and opinions expressed in this document are those of bcIMC. Produced by bcIMC Communications. All rights reserved. Contents copyright ©2014. May not be reprinted without permission. Photos provided by: Bentall Kennedy, GWL Realty Advisors, Open Grid Europe, Public Sector Pension Investment Board, Puget Sound Energy, Shutterstock Inc., Thames Water bcIMC RESPONSIBLE INVESTING NEWSLETTER

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