Our ESG difference is built on the foundation of two fundamental objectives—provide competitive rates of return to investors with lower risk in their portfolios and work with publicly traded companies to advance their businesses in support of a more just and sustainable world. We then leverage the robust set of ESG tools at our disposal to deliver on these objectives.
The centrepiece of our corporate engagement strategy is the Focus List — an annual program of targeted, in-depth dialogues with companies on specific environmental, social and governance issues.
If dialogue fails to produce results, we file a shareholder proposal to be voted on at the company’s annual general meeting.
We devote a great deal of effort to ensuring that the proxies owned by our company are voted in accordance with our detailed Proxy Voting Guidelines.
Ongoing research into emerging trends, issues and risks informs our evaluation process and alerts us to factors that may present significant advantages or disadvantages for the companies we hold or are thinking of holding.
Working in partnership with like-minded organizations to advance the cause of better environmental social and governance (ESG) practices is fundamental to helping make real change in the world.
Public Policy and Standards
Public policies and standards affect the rules by which all companies must operate. By engaging with the organizations and people who create policy and make the rules, we participate in promoting change on a broader scale.