We are committed to using our voice and our vote to enhance the long-term sustainability of our portfolio companies.
Through engagements, proxy voting, and thought leadership, we take an outcome-oriented approach to managing material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks to our investments. We believe that companies that successfully integrate ESG into their business strategies and have effective independent board oversight are better positioned to generate value for our clients over the long term.
Current Stewardship Priorities
Our stewardship program is anchored in three distinct pillars of ESG and their intersections. We regularly identify thematic focus areas that guide our proxy voting and engagement efforts. Within these focus areas, we elevate outcome-oriented stewardship priorities each year based on factors including client demand, stakeholder interest, market trends, and financial materiality, among others.
Benjamin and his colleagues are responsible for developing and implementing our global proxy voting policies and guidelines across all investment strategies and managing our proxy voting activities and issuer engagements on ESG issues. Prior to Ben’s current role, he was the Asset Stewardship’s team Head of Asia Pacific based in Tokyo, Japan.
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