We handle proxy voting electronically on behalf of shareowners in accordance with our comprehensive Proxy Voting Guidelines.
We directly engage with companies at the executive level to address ESG concerns. These can include equal opportunity employment, sustainable procurement and sourcing, climate impacts and other social justice issues.
When informal engagement with a company is unsuccessful, we gather allies and file formal shareholder resolutions that companies must consider. Often filing a shareholder resolution by itself will cause a company to further engage. Other times, the resolution will escalate and must be voted on by all shareholders at the company’s annual shareowner’s meeting, drawing important publicity that can amplify impact.
We often work as part of larger investor coalitions representing billions of investment dollars, working with policymakers and pushing other levers of power to pursue your values. We participate in initiatives such as the The CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), and we also collaborate with CERES and the Investor Environmental Health Network.