Engagement Services

Responsible ownership through collaborative engagement

Engagement services

Through industry initiatives, like the PRI, and new stewardship codes and regulatory frameworks, like the EU’s Action Plan, there is a growing need among investors to demonstrate that they take stewardship responsibilities related to ESG issues seriously.

Sustainalytics and its predecessors have 25 years’ experience in  the provision of Stewardship Services. Working collaboratively with our asset owner and asset manager clients, we aim to foster a constructive dialogue with portfolio companies. All our engagements are informed by Sustainalytics’ company research, creating a coherent approach to ESG across the investment value chain.

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Material Risk Engagement

A proactive engagement with companies with the greatest unmanaged financially-material ESG risks.

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Norms-based Engagement

Incident-driven engagement that identifies companies not in compliance with accepted international conventions, such as the UN Global Compact, OECD Guidelines and other accepted standards.

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Thematic Engagement

Proactive engagement services that focus on tackling the most challenging ESG issues, from climate change to child labor.

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Approach

We believe effective engagement is a constructive process aimed at creating long-term investment value. To achieve this aim, engagement requires:

  • Clear engagement objectives that both resolve relevant issues and improve companies’ overall ESG performance
  • Constructive relationships built on two-way dialogue
  • Clear time frames for engagement results
  • Versatility and the use of all available engagement tools, including email communications, calls and meetings with management, conference calls, site visits and proxy voting
  • Working on a collaborative basis to leverage the power of ownership influence
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Our constantly growing team currently consists of around 30 highly experienced engagement professionals, with extensive market knowledge. Our Engagement Managers are able to leverage Sustainalytics’ in-depth and diverse ESG research, which is supported by close to 300 research analysts and the largest dedicated ESG client servicing team in the industry.

Why Sustainalytics?

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A Single Market Standard

Consistent approach to ESG assessments across the investment spectrum.

Award winning

Award-Winning Research and Data

Firm recognized as Best ESG Research and Data Provider by Environmental Finance and Investment Week.

End to end

End-to-End ESG Solutions

ESG products and services that serve the entire investment value chain.

Expertise

25+ Years ESG Expertise

350+ ESG research analysts across our global offices.

Largest second party opinion provider

Largest Second-Party Opinion Provider

As recognized by Environmental Finance and the Climate Bonds Initiative.

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Engage on the most material ESG risks identified by the ESG Risk Ratings. 

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Engage with companies that breach international norms and standards as identified by our Global Standards Screening research.

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