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Investor information

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Financial reports

Mutual fund governance

Independent Review Committee 2020

Independent Review Committee 2019

Independent Review Committee 2018

Independent Review Committee 2017

PFIC reporting

Proxy voting report

Responsible investment policy

Genus Capital Management believes that responsible investing is in the long-term best interests of our clients. Responsible investing is the consideration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into investment decision making and ongoing investment management. This policy states our responsible investing commitment, approach, and engagement.

Our Commitment

Genus Capital Management integrates responsible investing practices into our investment decisions and strives to be a leader in sustainable investing.

We are a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing (UNPRI) and are committed to the following:

We will incorporate ESG issues 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 enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.

We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.

 Total Carbon Emissions
tons CO2e
Carbon Emissions
tons CO2e / $M invested
Weighted Average
Carbon Intensity
tons CO2e / $M sales
Genus Fossil Free CanGlobe Equity2,99627.938.7
Genus Fossil Free Dividend Equity1,49526.825.8
Benchmark: 25% TSX/75% MSCI World N/A91.7202.0
Genus Fossil Free High Impact Equity2,10739.7
87.2
Benchmark: MSCI WorldN/A78.3181.0

Source: Genus Data and MSCI Data

Approach

Genus Capital Management is an active asset management firm so we consider risks and opportunities before investing for clients. Environmental, social, and governance factors have risks and opportunities, which we strive to detect and use in our decision making process.

Our research has shown that companies with positive ESG factors have been good investments historically. Due to this research, and our drive to align investments with the best interests for society, we integrate ESG factors into our investment models.

The “deeper green” funds and client accounts managed by Genus Capital Management, including our Fossil Free® suite of funds, go beyond responsible investing and will also have negative screening in order to cut out companies and groups of companies not aligned with client’s values, such as screens on controversial industries, products, or actions.

Some fund and client account portfolios will also have positive screening applied in the investment process with the aim of increasing positive environmental and/or social impact. With positive screening, we may choose to overweight investments with strong ESG factors or ones that have considerable focus on an activity which creates substantial benefit to society.

Engagement

Active responsible investing also requires active ownership. Genus Capital Management recognizes the importance of engagement in mitigating risks and increasing shareholder value. It is a critical aspect of our approach.

We look at the actions, policies, and outcomes of the companies in our portfolios and raise environmental, social, or governance issues directly or through 3rd party vendors specializing in engagement. In some circumstances, we may engage a specific company on an issue in order to influence their future activities. Alternatively, we may decide on target themes or areas of ESG that we would like to improve in our portfolio and then reach out to companies needing to progress in these areas.

Genus Capital Management has joined in collaborative efforts with other firms and asset owners as an effective way to engage companies and we may continue to use this method in the future.

Proxy Voting

Genus Capital Management votes proxies in a manner that is aligned with the interests of our funds and clients. We will generally support proposals with a strong consideration for sustainability factors and long-term shareholder value. However, each proposal will be considered individually.

Regular reporting on proxy voting is available to clients if requested.

Promoting Responsible Investing

Genus Capital We regularly publish reports on sustainable investing, host seminars, educate clients, and talk to the media in order to promote our responsible investing practice and the movement to responsible investing as a whole. Every year we also disclose carbon emissions data to our clients and the public.

Genus Capital Management is an active participant in organizations and industry working groups that promote the advancement of responsible investing.

Summary

Genus Capital Management is committed to responsible investing. Our firm uses the key principles when making decisions on investments, engagement companies, proxy voting, and promotion. We believe that considering all risks and opportunities, including ones related to ESG, is critical to best serving our clients.

Taskforce for climate related financial disclosures (TCFD)

Report for the Taskforce for Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

Conflict of Interest Disclosure

Please contact us for historical reports not found here: info@genuscap.com

Client impact

“Graduating from a big bank to Genus was one of the best financial steps we've ever taken. Genus has delivered reliable asset growth despite our moderate risk tolerance. As our financial security has grown, we've also been the beneficiaries of a great client experience. The company's communications have been consistently transparent and informative, including educational webinars and a well-designed web portal where we can track investments daily. Most importantly to us, our portfolio manager has always responded swiftly and thoroughly to our questions and requests. ”
Martin T.
"Having relatively diverse financial goals and needs, along with a slight reticence regarding the stock market, Genus skillfully addressed all of our concerns, and put together a truly exceptional plan: Fossil free funds and a diversified investment portfolio, check; An effective Impact investment portfolio that coincides with our hopes and dreams for a better world, check; Professional advice and assistance to create a donor advised charitable fund with immediate charitable receipts for tax purposes, check. Returns? Way beyond our expectations! We even had some fun along the way and certainly enjoyed an incredible two-year start to what will be a satisfying long-term relationship with Genus."
Marc B.
“I love the service I get at Genus.”
Chris H.
“Leslie and I were fellow board members when we met twenty years ago. For the last ten she has been thoughtful in the construction of an investment strategy for my family and is executing the strategy as planned. The team at Genus has met my expectations and are a pleasure to deal with.”
Bob Q.
“For over 15 years, I have provided selection and performance evaluation of multiple investment managers for a significant family office. Leslie and Genus have been foundational for me in my role. I have always found Leslie and her colleagues to be insightful and proactive, and found the performance of their portion of the portfolio to be well above benchmarks. And they have been a great pleasure to work with.”
Douglas H.
“Genus is a very innovative firm. I am pleased to invest in their Fossil Free and Impact strategies that help me invest in line with my values.”
Marnie C.
“Great team of professionals. Excellent website and reporting. Responds to inquiries promptly. Very pleased with the process of changing from another company to Genus as well. Kudos.”
David L.
“Genus consistently provides a good, clearly explained, comprehensive picture of the general economic and financial situation, along with an excellent account of the investment decisions made in relation to this. Genus’ equally strong concern with clients’ questions and requests for further information is also a very important part of the service it provides.”
Allan S.
“Back in 1992 when I found myself at fifty with a substantial amount of money to invest, I knew just one thing — that I didn’t want to contribute to tobacco companies, arms manufacturers, or oil. But over the ensuing years the options for socially responsible investing have become far more sophisticated and I’m very happy that this is a big part of the Genus approach. I also very much appreciate the long-term relationship with my portfolio manager, Mary Lou.”
Ann P.

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