In accordance with the European Union’s understanding of sustainability, sustainability is not to be limited to environmental aspects alone, but should rather take into account the entire ESG spectrum (Environment, Social and Governance). Sustainability risks are considered to be ESG influencing factors, the occurrence of which can actually or potentially have a negative impact on the value of an investment.
PLEXUS Investments is aware of its responsibility to ensure a future worth living for generations to come and always complies with all relevant regulatory requirements. However, PLEXUS Investments currently does not formally implement the strategies for incorporating sustainability risks into the investment decision-making process as required by EU regulations and consequently does not systematically consider adverse impacts on sustainability factors. This is due, among other things, to the fact that not all relevant information on this is yet available. It should also be noted that sustainability risks do not represent an independent risk category, but must be subsumed under the already existing, classic risk types.
We limit all risks through a long-term strategy and subject the business and risk strategy to a comprehensive review and make adjustments, where necessary.
According to our assessment, sustainability risks currently have no impact on the return of the financial products provided within the scope of asset management and on the return of the financial products that are the subject of investment advice. Furthermore, due to the current data situation and legal developments, uncertainties result in the calculation and handling of sustainability risks.
For these reasons, sustainability risks are not included in investment decisions made for clients as part of asset management solutions. Likewise, sustainability risks are not taken into account in investment advice.
The remuneration system of PLEXUS Investments AG aims at risk-conscious behaviour. This results in a market- and function-oriented fixed remuneration as well as a result-oriented variable remuneration.
With this combination, the interests of the owners, the company and the employees are equally taken into account and a sustainable and positive development of the company is ensured. Due to the clear overweighting of the fixed remuneration compared to any variable remuneration, the responsible, sustainable and risk-conscious behaviour of the employees, which thus takes into account sustainability risks in addition to other risks, is promoted and disincentives are avoided.
The remuneration policy therefore does not create incentives to take on excessive risks (including sustainability risks) that would be incompatible with the company’s risk policy.
April 18, 2023