Stewardship and Risk Engagement

Stewardship and Risk Engagement

Asset owners and asset managers have the opportunity to consider their investments not only from a performance perspective, but also through the broader lens of environmental, social and governance stewardship.

Whether the focus is on climate, plastics, business ethics, cybersecurity, taxation or other sustainability themes, our Stewardship and Risk engagement services allow investors to align their interests in addressing specific issues with their engagement activities.

Our team of research analysts, engagement managers and advisers are knowledgeable about these issues and have extensive experience in helping companies to be better stewards of your investments, and of our society and the environment.

Key Features and Benefits

1

Improving corporate ESG performance
Encourage portfolio companies to pro-actively tackle ESG issues to create a positive impact as well as minimizing their negative impact.

2

Improve corporate reputation management
Improve portfolio companies' corporate reputations by encouraging them to position themselves as responsible corporate citizens.

3

Leverage research as input for your own dialogue with companies
Leverage our rich database of real-time case information to improve your own engagement dialogues and to identify best practices for key ESG issues.

4

Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability 
Use case information for story-telling and sustainability reporting to demonstrate your commitment to sustainability and creating an impact.

Join the following Stewardship & Risk Engagements

Sign up to one of our ongoing themes, which run for a period of around 3 years, typically targeting 15 to 20 companies.

Ongoing themes

Child Labor in Cocoa

Over two million children below the age of 18 work in hazardous conditions in the cocoa supply chain in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and Ghana. This engagement is founded on investors’ expectations for some of the largest companies in the cocoa sector, and addresses the issue of child labor in cocoa.

Climate Transition

Climate risk management is one of the overarching challenges facing members of society, including investors. Investors are striving to understand and integrate the financial impact of climate-related risks and opportunities in investment decisions.

Food Supply Chain

This engagement focuses on addressing risks related to child- and forced labor in the targeted companies’ supply chains, as well as to remediate potential adverse labor rights impacts. Particular focus is placed on the identified high-risk commodities, namely coffee, rice, sugar, tea and tomatoes.

Plastics and the Circular Economy

This engagement focuses on encouraging companies to improve the quality and economics of recycling practices, to shift strategic focus towards redesign and innovation and to increase the re-usability of products.

Sustainable Seafood

Engaging with marine fisheries and aquaculture producers, the focus is on managing seafood sustainability risks and opportunities, which in turn contributes to long-term operational continuity and sustainability.

Taxation

Focused on companies in the pharmaceutical, food, retail and technology sectors, this engagement aims to encourage companies to approach tax proactively as a governance and risk management issue and ensure that they have an appropriate tax policy in place.

Open themes

Children's Rights

The goal of this engagement is to ensure that the targeted companies’ approach to children’s rights is carefully considered and implemented, and hence beneficial to business strategy and long-term outcomes.

Cybersecurity in Healthcare

The healthcare sector is a key target for ransomware attacks and other malware. The objective of this investor engagement is therefore to contribute to healthcare companies taking a proactive approach to assessing and managing cybersecurity risks.

Japan Stewardship

This engagement aims to focus on Effectiveness of the board, Compensation structure, Diversity, Succession planning, Escalation of issues and implementation. 

Localized Water Management

This engagement focuses on sustainable management of water resources  on the local level. The engagement will target selected companies that share the same water catchment in Brazil, India, South Africa and/or the USA, depending on the participating investors’ preferences.

Mining Tailings Legacy Risk

Engaging with mining companies, the focus is on managing containment facilities (tailings) to improve safety, which in turn reduces material risk to the industry.

Use Stewardship & Risk Engagement to:

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To create a positive impact and proactively manage ESG issues; and

2

To manage portfolio risk by seeking to improve companies ESG performance