AXA S.A. is a French holding company for a group of international insurance and financial services companies, including AXA Financial Inc.
AXA Venture Partners is an international strategic initiative involving multiple companies within the AXA S.A. global family of companies.
In the United States, “AXA” serves as the brand name of AXA Equitable Financial Services, LLC and its family of companies,
1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104.
AXA Venture Partners
Asset management company registered with the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) under n° GP16000006
21 avenue Matignon 75008 Paris
AVP approach to Responsible Investment
AVP is progressively incorporating ESG factors with respect to the assets it manages.
AVP believes that being a responsible asset-management company is crucial to its long-term success. We believe that ESG factors can influence not only the management of investment portfolios across sectors, companies and regions, but also a range of interests affecting clients and other stakeholders.
Our investment philosophy is based on the conviction that issues relating to sustainability factors are and will remain a major concern for the coming years. We believe that combining fundamental ‘non-financial factors’ with traditional financial criteria will help us build more stable portfolios that perform better in the long term. The non-financial approach has become a necessity in more ways than one:
1. it is instrumental in removing companies or underlying assets from portfolios when they cause exposure to high levels of ESG risk, which would ultimately affect financial performance;
2. it focuses on companies that have implemented best practices regarding the management of their environmental impacts, governance and social practices, and whose responsible practices leave them better prepared, in our view, to meet the major challenges of the future; and
3. it enables improved performance by means of active dialogue with companies on managing ESG concerns around investments and limiting our clients’ exposure to reputational risk.
Sustainability Risk: Our Approach [Article 3]
With respect to each of the funds it manages, AVP uses an approach to sustainability risks that is derived from the integration of ESG criteria in its investment process and investment monitoring. It has integrated sustainability risks in investment decisions based on its sectorial and normative exclusion policies.
Sectorial Exclusion Policies
Sectorial exclusion policies are one of the pillars of AVP’s approach to sustainability risks and PAI. Exclusions aim to enable AVP to exclude from its contemplated investments the assets exposed to significant sustainability risks or that may have a significant adverse impact on sustainability factors.
Our sectorial exclusion policies are mostly focused on the following ESG factors:
E: climate (coal mining and coal-based energy production; oil sands production and oil sands-related pipelines), biodiversity (palm oil production) or soft commodities (food commodities derivatives);
S: health (tobacco manufacturing) and human rights (controversial weapons manufacturing; UNGC breach);
G: business ethics (breach of United Nations Global Compact).
Methodologies for Exclusion Policies
One of the challenges faced by financial market participants when integrating sustainability risks or PAI in their investment process is the limited availability of relevant data for that purpose: such data is not yet systematically disclosed by issuers or, when disclosed by issuers, may be incomplete or may follow various methodologies. Most of the information used to establish the exclusion lists or determine ESG factors is based on available data, which may not be complete or accurate or may not fully reflect the future ESG performance or risks of the investments.
Principal Adverse Impacts (PAI) – article [4(1)(b)]
Apart from the exclusions aforementioned, AVP currently does not systematically considers the adverse impacts of investment decisions on sustainability factors (i.e., environmental, social and employee matters, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and anti-bribery matters) as part of its due diligence policies, for the following reasons:
– the nature of Venture capital investing (start-ups), and AVP’s investment focus (technology/software) naturally shields AVP from serious sustainability risks (especially environment)
– for certain investments, data availability limits prevent AVP from implementing a normative process
We currently do not anticipate any changes in our investment processes in this respect.
This Remuneration policy is designed to support the AVP’s long-term business strategy and to align the interests of its employees with those of the Company and the shareholders by (i) establishing a clear link between performance and remuneration over the short, medium and long terms; (ii) ensuring that AVP can offer competitive compensation arrangements across the multiple markets in which it operates while avoiding potential conflicts of interest that may lead to undue risk taking for short-term gain; and (iii) ensuring compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
AVP applies a “pay-for-performance” approach which i) promotes long-term sustainable performance by incorporating risk adjustment mechanisms in variable compensation schemes, ii) recognises employees who bring the greatest value to the firm on the basis of financial results while demonstrating individual leadership and behaviours. The intent of this approach is to attract and retain the best skills and talents, to foster employee engagement and to strengthen AVP’s leadership.
The Remuneration Policy follows four main guiding principles:
Competitiveness and market consistency of the remuneration practices;
Fairness based on individual and collective performance in order to ensure remuneration is reflecting employee’s individual quantitative and qualitative achievements and impact;
Internal equity based on remuneration policies and procedures designed to ensure that employees are paid equitably based on criteria such as role, skills, contribution or impact, and do not discriminate on the basis of gender or other irrelevant factors; and
Achievement of AVP’s overall financial and operational objectives over the short, medium and long terms as well as execution against medium and long-term strategic objectives as a prerequisite to fund any mid-to-long term award.
AVP ensures an appropriate balance between fixed and variable components of remuneration where the fixed component represents a sufficiently high proportion of the total remuneration to avoid employees being overly dependent on the variable components and to allow the operation of a flexible policy on variable pay components.
In this context, the overall remuneration structure is based on the following components which are designed to provide balance and avoid excessive risk taking for short-term financial gain:
A fixed component which comprises base salary and any other fixed allowances. Fixed remuneration primarily reflects the relevant organizational responsibility, professional experience, technical and leadership skills required of the role, criticality or scarcity of skills as well as the individual’s capability to sustainably perform the duties of the role and,
A variable component which comprises an upfront cash element (Short Term Incentive – STI) and may be supplemented by a deferred element recognising the importance of aligning remuneration over long-term value creation. The deferred element or Long-Term Incentives (LTI) is awarded through equity-based instruments or equivalents, such as AXA Performance Shares. The financing of variable remuneration is calculated according to defined performance indicators taking into consideration both financial and non-financial achievements.
All variable remuneration amounts are awarded in accordance with performance and there is no minimum payment guaranteed.
The level and the structure of the executives’ target variable compensation are based on (i) internal fairness with a similar job at the same level in an equivalent perimeter, (ii) market practices reflected by external benchmark from an independent provider, (iii) level of seniority within the organization and if applicable (iv) any regulatory requirements.
Short Term Incentive (“STI”)
For executives, the STI pay-out is determined based on a combination of the achievement of the individual objectives and/or business performance (Operating Entity and/or Group.
Long Term Incentives (“LTI”)
AVP recognizes the importance of aligning remuneration over long-term value creation by awarding AXA LTI in addition to STI. Beneficiaries and individual AXA Performance Shares grants are determined taking into account (i) the criticality of the job within the organization, (ii) the criticality of the individual in the current job and potential for the future, and (iii) the sustainability of the individual contribution.
AXA Performance Shares are designed to align the individuals interests with the overall performance of the Group, and the corresponding Operating Entity as well as with the stock performance over the medium-long term (3-5 years).
AXA Performance Shares are subject to an acquisition period of 3 years and performance conditions.
All AXA Performance Shares initially granted are integrally subject to performance conditions measured over the performance period. These criteria measure the financial and non-financial performance of the AXA Group as well as the beneficiary’s Operating Entity performance, according to pre-determined targets.
The number of AXA shares definitively granted shall be equal to the number of rights to AXA Performance shares initially granted multiplied by the performance rate, which may vary between 0% and 130%.
Integration of sustainability risks
With Corporate Responsibility criteria already incorporated in the performance conditions of the AXA LTI, the Remuneration Policy is consistent with the integration of ‘sustainability risks’ within the meaning of, and as required by Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 of November 27, 2019, as amended. In 2021, the integration of sustainability risks has been enhanced for both short-term and long-term remuneration elements:
The weight of the Group Corporate Responsibility criteria in AXA LTI performance conditions is increased from 10% to 30%. Achievement on specific climate related targets (reduction of (i) operations’ carbon emissions and (ii) carbon footprint of assets) complements the target on AXA’s score on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (assessing Environmental, Social and Governance dimensions).
The management company is systematically invited to the annual shareholder meeting of the companies its funds have invested into. The decision to attend or not is taken by the Lead Partner in charge of the investment. The lead Partner decides the voting direction. The voting decision essentially depends on the Fund ownership percentage, and on a case per case basis, on the regular involvement of the lead Partner in the monitoring of the company.
When voting as a shareholder, AXA Venture Partners favors the interest of the Limited Partners invested in the Fund owning the Company, in particular as it regards the expected profitability and holding period of the investment.
Additionally, where AXA Venture Partners Partners hold Board seats in the companies the AXA Venture Partners funds have invested into, the voting decision is also taken by the lead Partner in charge. In this case, AXA Venture Partners Partners favors the interest of the portfolio company, in particular its profitability and development goals
AXA Venture Partners has internal procedures aiming at identifying and avoiding potential conflicts of interest, including regarding its voting rights.
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Politique de traitement des données personnelles
Conformément aux dispositions du Règlement Général sur la Protection des Données (« RGPD ») entré en vigueur le 25 mai 2018 et de la loi n° 78-17 du 6 janvier 1978 (dite loi Informatique et Libertés), les données personnelles collectées par AXA Venture Partners peuvent faire l’objet de traitements.
Les finalités de la collecte sont les suivantes :
- Pour se conformer aux obligations légales et réglementaires de la société de gestion ;
- Pour exécuter un contrat relatif à ses produits et services ;
- Pour préserver l’intérêt public (prévention d’une fraude, d’un délit, etc) ;
- Pour communiquer périodiquement aux investisseurs des fonds qu’elle gère ;
- Pour inviter ses clients et ses partenaires aux événements qu’elle organise.
Seules les personnes habilitées en raison de leurs activités et de leur mission ont accès aux données collectées, dans la limite de leurs habilitations. De même, les prestataires d’AXA Venture Partners peuvent avoir accès à tout ou une partie de ces données, dans le cadre de l’exécution de leurs prestations. Ces destinataires sont tous basés en France ou au sein de l’Union Européenne, ou sont en conformité avec les exigences du programme Privacy Shield conclu entre l’Union Européenne et les Etats-Unis.
Vous disposez d’un droit d’accès à vos données personnelles, d’information, de rectification, d’effacement, d’opposition, de portabilité, de profilage et de limitation de traitement. Vous pouvez aussi définir des directives relatives à la conservation, l’effacement ou la communication de vos données personnelles.
Pour exercer vos droits, vous pouvez adresser une demande par email à email@example.com ou par courrier à : AXA Venture Partners – 9 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris, en précisant vos nom, prénom, adresse et en joignant une copie recto-verso d’une pièce d’identité, ou adresser une réclamation auprès de la CNIL sur son site www.cnil.fr ou par courrier à : CNIL – 3 Place de Fontenoy – TSA 80715 – 75334 Paris Cedex 07.
Sauf dispositions législatives ou réglementaires contraires, AXA Venture Partners conserve les données personnelles pendant toute la durée de la relation contractuelle et pendant la durée de prescription applicable (5 ans en la matière).