Asset owners and asset managers have the opportunity to consider their investments not only from a performance perspective, but also through the broader lens of environmental, social and governance stewardship.
Whether the focus is on climate, plastics, business ethics, cybersecurity, taxation or other sustainability themes, our Thematic Engagement services allow investors to align their interests in addressing specific issues with their engagement activities.
Our team of research analysts, engagement managers and advisers are knowledgeable about these issues and have extensive experience in helping companies to be better stewards of your investments, and of our society and the environment.
Key Features and Benefits
Improving corporate ESG performance
Encourage portfolio companies to pro-actively tackle ESG issues to create a positive impact as well as minimizing their negative impact.
Improve corporate reputation management
Improve portfolio companies’ corporate reputations by encouraging them to position themselves as responsible corporate citizens.
Leverage research as input for your own dialogue with companies
Leverage our rich database of real-time case information to improve your own engagement dialogues and to identify best practices for key ESG issues.
Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability
Use case information for story-telling and sustainability reporting to demonstrate your commitment to sustainability and creating an impact.
Join the following Engagements
Sign up to one of our ongoing themes, which run for a period of around 3 years, typically targeting 15 to 20 companies.
The goal of this engagement is to ensure that the targeted companies’ approach to children’s rights is carefully considered and implemented, and hence beneficial to business strategy and long-term outcomes.
Cybersecurity in Healthcare
The healthcare sector is a key target for ransomware attacks and other malware. The objective of this investor engagement is therefore to contribute to healthcare companies taking a proactive approach to assessing and managing cybersecurity risks.
Future of Work
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is accelerating. Technological progress, globalization and demographic shifts, will bring structural changes and disruptions to society and labor markets. This engagement supports investors in understanding how companies can proactively manage workforce needs and transitions for a sustainable labor market.
This engagement aims to focus on Effectiveness of the board, Compensation structure, Diversity, Succession planning, Escalation of issues and implementation.
While being a vital part of the response to climate change as well as other economic and societal needs, the growing supply of cleantech products also entails environmental and social challenges within the various processes across the value chain. This engagement aims to encourage and enable the cleantech industry to grow in a more responsible manner.
Currently running themes
Child Labor in Cocoa
Over two million children below the age of 18 work in hazardous conditions in the cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and Ghana. This engagement is founded on investors’ expectations for some of the largest companies in the cocoa sector, and addresses the issue of child labor in cocoa.
Climate risk management is one of the overarching challenges facing members of society, including investors. Investors are striving to understand and integrate the financial impact of climate-related risks and opportunities in investment decisions.
Food Supply Chain
This engagement focuses on addressing risks related to child- and forced labor in the targeted companies’ supply chains, as well as to remediate potential adverse labor rights impacts. Particular focus is placed on the identified high-risk commodities, namely coffee, rice, sugar, tea and tomatoes.
Governance of SDGs
This thematic engagement is aimed at encouraging companies to define meaningful SDG strategies that align with their business plans. It aims to influence them to address their negative impacts and seek out opportunities to produce positive outcomes in line with the 2030 SDG agenda, while contributing to a more stable long-term operating environment for themselves.
Localized Water Management
This engagement focuses on sustainable management of water resources on the local level. The engagement will target selected companies that share the same water catchment in Brazil, India, South Africa and/or the USA, depending on the participating investors’ preferences.
Plastics and the Circular Economy
This engagement focuses on encouraging companies to improve the quality and economics of recycling practices, to shift strategic focus towards redesign and innovation and to increase the re-usability of products.
Engaging with marine fisheries and aquaculture producers, the focus is on managing seafood sustainability risks and opportunities, which in turn contributes to long-term operational continuity and sustainability.
Focused on 20 companies in the technology and extractive sectors, this engagement aims to create awareness
among companies on tax avoidance and to encourage companies to approach tax as a corporate governance and risk management issue.
The world is changing faster than it ever has. As a result, companies are facing increasingly complex and numerous challenges. They need to adapt faster, and in this process, the board has a crucial role to play. A new vision of the board is needed to help start a process today that will result in them being better prepared for tomorrow’s challenges.