Groupama AM has opted for a governance system that separates the functions of the Chair of the Board of Directors and the CEO. To emphasize the company’s firm foundation as part of the Groupama mutual insurance Group, the Chair of the company’s Board of Directors is traditionally the Financial Director of the Group. Also, two independent directors have joined the Board of Directors.
A remuneration committee has been established, in response to the recommendations of the French Asset Management Association AFG.
Groupama AM has set up a CSR department, which is attached to the General Secretariat. This department is tasked with implementing the CSR strategy of the company, in order to better respond to the 4 types of responsibility faced by Groupama AM, namely responsibility as employer, responsibility to our clients, responsibility to civil society and responsibility for the environment.
The protection of financial operations is a major preoccupation of Groupama AM, and so the company has established a rigorous organizational structure, with an Audit department reporting directly to the CEO, and two other departments, the Financial Risks and Performance department and the Control and Legal department reporting to the Deputy CEO.
The Financial Risks and Performance department is responsible for monitoring and managing investment risks (financial management of UCI portfolios and asset management mandates) It is divided into two complementary entities, management control (compliance with the regulatory limits on investment considered as specifically applicable to the company) and risk management (control of financial management risks).
The Control and Legal department, for its part, oversees three complementary entities:
To ensure perfect application of the internal procedures and to cover the different types of risk, three committees have also been established:
This structured organization provides protection to operations and a clear view of the exposure of clients to risk.
Individual commitments to each client are integrated in an overall approach that aims to ensure security and transparency in the management of the entrusted investments.
Identifying the best standards: in the aim of optimal transparency, Groupama AM undertakes to apply the best market practices, in particular in fields relating to customer reporting; for example, since the enactment of the law on energy transition and green growth, Groupama AM has sought to provide its customers with full and precise “article 173” reporting.
In the field of sustainable investment, Groupama AM has made sure that it meets the highest possible standards by systematically obtaining the various labels available, including the Novethic SRI Label and then the SRI Label, which is supported by the public authorities.
Optimized order execution policy: the execution of each client order is subject to extremely strict in-house controls at Groupama AM, with the aim of safeguarding and maximizing the results. The optimization policy is based on precise commitments:
The core mission of Groupama Asset Management is to protect the interests of its clients at all times. Individual commitments to each client are integrated in an overall approach that aims to ensure perfect security and serenity in the management of the entrusted investments.
Proximity-based approach: Groupama Asset Management has defined proximity as the cornerstone of its client relations. It is this daily proximity that confers the ability to provide clients with reliable and responsive information, and to identify the specific benchmarks that determine the adaptation of its services to the new regulatory developments. Each client is kept regularly informed about the financial markets and the various financial products available.
Optimized policy for order execution: The execution of each client order is subject to extremely strict in-house controls at Groupama Asset Management, with the aim of safeguarding and maximizing the results. The optimization policy is based on precise commitments:
This approach complies with the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MFID), which has been applicable since 1 November 2007.
With effect from May 2009, Groupama AM has established a policy that strictly excludes investment in companies known to be implicated in activities relating to controversial weapons. The activities concerned are the production, storage, distribution and sale of cluster bombs, as defined by the Oslo Treaty of 2008, anti-personnel mines, as defined by the Ottowa Convention of 1997 and depleted uranium weapons, which are banned by certain national legislations.
This policy of exclusion of controversial weapons applies to all the portfolios under management. Every time our internal list is updated, the update is communicated to all our management teams, to the risk teams for verifying effective exclusion and to the Compliance department