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At a minimum, bcIMC expects our portfolio companies to comply with the laws of Canada and international standards, including meeting - or exceeding - environmental regulations. These companies should apply best practices for corporate governance, adopt high standards of employee safety and welfare, and be responsible in their operations.

Corporate Governance

No matter where we invest for clients, our corporate governance values remain constant. For bcIMC, the essential elements of good governance are:

  1. Boards that are equipped and motivated to protect and enhance shareholder value.
  2. Executive compensation that is aligned with company performance.
  3. High quality financial and operating disclosure.
  4. Rights and abilities to exercise ownership responsibilities.
Our Proxy Voting Guidelines inform our proxy voting activity for publicly-traded companies within our portfolios. Our private equity activities are aligned with the PRI Responsible Investment in Private Equity guide for limited partners. And in 2009, we endorsed the Institutional Limited Partners Association's Private Equity Principles. Assuring sound governance practices within our real estate portfolio companies is another focus area and we use the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) Corporate Governance Guidelines as a basis.

Environmental and Social Responsibility

Our Proxy Voting Guidelines clarify our beliefs and expectations for corporate responsibility. bcIMC also encourages portfolio companies and external managers to consider adopting international standards and conventions such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Principles for Corporate Governance, the International Labour Organization (ILO)'s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the United Nations Global Compact. We believe these are reasonable codes against which companies may be held accountable.

We have endorsed the principles and criteria of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative to increase transparency and reduce bribery and corruption in financial transactions between governments and oil, gas and mining companies.

Responsible Investing Reporting


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