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, clean water, 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

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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

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.

Emerging Markets

Our emerging markets engagement focuses on helping investors manage the ESG risks associated with investing in companies that operate in these markets while helping the relevant companies to better manage ESG risks and opportunities with the aim of improving long-term value. 

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.

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.

Water

Within the food and beverage (F&B), garment and mining sectors, water risks and opportunities are explored to ensure companies are considering long-term operational continuity, environmental sustainability and the development needs of the applicable countries.

Open themes

Business Ethics and Culture

Starting with financial services companies, the focus will be on encouraging companies to adopt business ethics practices that contribute to more effective regulatory systems, integrate and communicate openly and transparently about culture and values; and adopt fairer pay principles.

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

With data breaches on the rise and changing regulations, such as GDPR which can impose fines of up to 4% of revenue, cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly material issue. This engagement will focus on encouraging companies to pro-actively address cybersecurity concerns in most vulnerable sectors.

Japan Stewardship

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

Pharmaceutical Industry

This engagement will concentrate on two central issues in the industry: Business Ethics and Access to Medicine. We will examine the differences in companies’ policies and procedures and consider any outstanding allegations of wrong-doing. 

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.

Use Stewardship & Risk Engagement to:

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

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To manage portfolio risk by seeking to improve companies ESG performance