Environmental, Social and Governance

Asset Stewardship

Built for Impact: Proactively using our voice and our vote to make a measurable difference around the globe.

Our stewardship program is designed to have an impact. Through strong engagement, voting and thought leadership, we have seen companies respond to our calls to action to enhance diversity at the board level and improve disclosure on their sustainability practices.

Our Core Beliefs

State Street Global Advisors’ mission is to invest responsibly in order to enable prosperity and social progress. Our ESG beliefs are central to this mission and encompass the following tenets:

Our stewardship role in global capital markets extends beyond proxy voting and engagement with issuer companies.

Our approach to stewardship      is designed to have an impact through thought leadership, engagement, proxy voting and client disclosure.

Companies embracing Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) best practice have strong, effective independent boards and incorporate sustainability into their long-term strategy across these two issues.

Reports & Proxy Voting Guidelines

As one of the world’s largest asset managers, we represent near-permanent capital and actively engage with our portfolio companies to promote long-term value of our clients' investments.


Our stewardship program utilizes a risk-based approach to identify material ESG thematic topics deemed to have the most material impacts on the long-term value of our portfolio companies.

Media Highlights

Index Funds Must Be Activists to Serve Investors

Cyrus Taraporevala pens op-ed in Financial Times reiterating our commitment to long-term value creation on behalf of clients.

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Inside the Investor Stewardship Group

Matthew DiGuiseppe, Vice President and Head of State Street Global Advisors Americas Asset Stewardship team, recently discussed the Investor Stewardship Group’s goals and what they mean for corporate boards. 

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Engaging with Rakhi Kumar of State Street Global Advisors

Rakhi discusses State Street Global Advisors unique approach to asset stewardship, including how we prioritize and engage with companies on a number of Environmental, Social and Governance themes.

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Do You Know Your ESG Score?

Rakhi Kumar highlights the importance of board members understanding how they are being evaluated on ESG dimensions.

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Fearless Girl

Fearless Girl ignited a global conversation about the power of women in leadership and inspired companies around the world to add women to their boards.

Meet the Team

Rakhi Kumar
Global Head of ESG Investments & Asset Stewardship

Rob Walker
Head of EMEA Asset Stewardship

Benjamin Colton
Head of APAC Asset Stewardship

Matthew Diguiseppe
Head of Americas Asset Stewardship

Contact Us

For questions or any further information on our stewardship program, please email the Governance Team at State Street Global Advisors.