Stewardship

Our approach to stewardship stems from our belief that company management, directors and investors all have critical yet unique roles.

We believe that the proper consideration of relevant environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters affects the long-term sustainable performance of companies and benefits the investors of such companies.

To this end, we:

  • seek to understand the ESG issues that impact companies in which we are invested;
  • evaluate a company’s particular policies and practices in relation to relevant issues;
  • encourage companies to align with best practice on ESG issues;
  • enter into constructive dialogue and engagement where a company’s approach or practices on relevant ESG matters is below investor expectations;
  • leverage our clients’ investor rights to push for desired outcomes from investee companies; and
  • align our votes at general meetings with our engagement objectives.
"Engaging with companies in which we invest allows us as an asset manager to not only monitor our investments, but also to ensure we have an open dialogue to enable change. We have an opportunity to use our influence to drive a broader change for the benefit of both society and the planet. We also want to be able to provide our clients with transparency around their investments, to align with their own values."
Yo Takatsuki, Head of ESG Research and Active Ownership