Stewardship is an integral part of our approach to investment. It is simply not possible to take a truly long-term investment approach, and fully integrate sustainability, without being an engaged investor.
Across all our strategies, we engage with portfolio companies to protect and enhance the value of our investments, to provide guidance on issues of sustainability where we have insight and expertise, and to nurture ambition.
At public companies, we also vote our proxies after careful case-by-case review, drawing on analysts’ knowledge of the company and the status of our engagement.
In our private equity strategies, we are frequently involved in the hiring of board and management team members, or indeed serving on boards ourselves. We play an active role supporting long-term value creation and building out sustainability capabilities.
Our mission to ensure that sustainable investing drives the transformative change required for a net zero, prosperous, equitable, healthy and safe society. This requires engagement beyond the companies in which we invest. We therefore seek to collaborate with and motivate others, including our clients and the broader financial markets.
We know there is more to do if our mission is to be realised. We are acutely focused on the imperative to avert catastrophic climate change and to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.