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Evolution of corporate ESG engagement

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Evolution of corporate ESG engagement

About this webinar

Speakers:

                                 

                   Adam Matthews                                                                    Catherine Howarth
                Head of Engagement                                                                         CEO
    Church of England Pensions Board                                                    ShareAction
  co-Chair, Transition Pathway Initiative

In the months since COP21, investors have increasingly realised that their actions can determine and accelerate the move to a low carbon economy and also help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Whilst global investors have great responsibilities – a fiduciary duty to meet financial commitments to members and partners, many recognise incorporating ESG factors into decisions is also part of their duty. This can often come in the form of effective corporate governance and engagement with corporates as the first call of action.

Investor signatories who formed CA100+ made commitments which include engagement and using voting power to demand corporate action. Shareholder activist tactics, as well as resolutions, are looking more likely to get us on the path of sustainability. The 2017 US proxy voting season was historic: the world’s two largest asset managers backed shareholder resolutions on climate-risk disclosure. BlackRock and Vanguard, with $10 trillion in AuM between them, are becoming more transparent about their voting. They will play a crucial role in the future of ESG.

Held ahead of the Sustainable Investment Forum North America on the 26th of September in New York City, the webinar  united the investment community, NGOs, think-tanks and corporates to look at  trends in corporate engagement and how it will affect the uptake of ESG integration across the board.

Discussion points include:

  • Integrating engagement in the investment process
  • Social and environmental shareholder resolutions and activism
  • Successes and failures with corporate engagement in ESG issues
  • Engagement trends and lessons learnt from proxy voting