Karoll Capital Management is now the first and only local firm that adheres to the 6 United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI). On 19 Oct 2017 Karoll Capital was included in the global register of investment companies that have clearly demonstrated their commitment to responsible investment.
Daniel Ganev, CEO of Karoll Capital Management quotes the signatory’s mission:
“As institutional investors, we have a duty to act in the best long-term interests of our beneficiaries. In this fiduciary role, we believe that environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues can affect the performance of investment portfolios (to varying degrees across companies, sectors, regions, asset classes and through time). We also recognise that applying these Principles may better align investors with broader objectives of society.
SUSTAINABILITY STATEMENT FROM KAROLL CAPITAL MANAGEMENT
Karoll Capital Management has adopted a policy on the integration of sustainability risks in its investment decision-making process and accounts for principal adverse impacts of investment decisions on sustainability factors.
Karoll Capital Management carries out its activities in accordance with responsible investment and sustainability principles. We are long-term investors who believe that environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors may significantly affect the risk characteristics of an investment and thus its overall return. We believe that by incorporating these factors into our analysis, we can derive a much more precise fair value.
We have adopted UN Principles for Responsible Investing and therefore:
WE WILL INCORPORATE ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE (ESG) CRITERIA INTO INVESTMENT ANALYSIS AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES.
WE WILL BE ACTIVE OWNERS AND INCORPORATE ESG ISSUES INTO OUR OWNERSHIP POLICIES AND PRACTICES.
WE WILL SEEK APPROPRIATE DISCLOSURE ON ESG ISSUES BY THE ENTITIES IN WHICH WE INVEST.
WE WILL PROMOTE ACCEPTANCE AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PRINCIPLES WITHIN THE INVESTMENT INDUSTRY.
WE WILL WORK TOGETHER TO REINFORCE OUR EFFECTIVENESS IN IMPLEMENTING THESE PRINCIPLES.
WE WILL REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES WE HAVE UNDERTAKEN AND THE PROGRESS OF IMPLEMENTING THESE PRINCIPLES.
In accordance with sustainable investing principles, we apply a number of approaches ranked by importance in the following order:
Taking into consideration sustainability factors is an integral part of the investment process and their incorporation in the investment portfolios is a primary responsibility of financial analysts and portfolio managers while the Investment Committee controls for their observance. Sustainability factors are among the first filters narrowing the choice of companies in the investment process of the Asset Manager.
Currently a substantial part of the investments of the Asset Manager are in compliance with sustainability principles and we shall target full coverage in the medium term.
Karoll Capital Management has adopted codes for responsible business behaviour including the Ethical Code of the Bulgarian Association of Asset Management Companies, the National Corporate Governance Code of the National Corporate Governance Committee, as well as internationally recognized standards for due diligence and reporting. Karoll Capital Management is included in the global register of investment companies that have clearly demonstrated their commitment to United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.
Karoll Capital Management has adopted and follows an active ownership policy as it views responsible investing as an integral part of the investment process. In doing so, the Asset Manager is actively seeking dialogue with the investee companies to address complex environmental, social and governance in the best interest of clients in the long term.
The Asset Manager collaborates with the companies in which it has invested in order to gain insight into significant issues such as business strategy, business model, capital structure, corporate governance that are likely to have a material impact on the long-term ability of the company to create value, as well as its social and environmental effects.
Through initiatives like Karoll Corporate University we offer internships to actively promote financial markets knowledge among students and academics.
Karoll Corporate Library is home to investor education initiatives: trainings, lectures, seminars, conferences, media events, etc.
Karoll Knowledge Foundation supports young scholars in finding practical application for their scientific projects with high innovative potential focusing on nanotech, biotech, clean tech and mechatronics.