Schroders today announces that its market-leading Engagement Blueprint has won the ‘ESG engagement initiative of the year’ award at Environmental Finance’s Sustainable Investment Awards 2022.
The Engagement Blueprint, formally launched in April this year, aims to set new standards on active ownership and our engagement targets. It further enhances the integration of sustainability across Schroders business and the focus on active ownership.
The Blueprint encompasses six core themes: Climate Change, Corporate Governance, Diversity and Inclusion, Human Capital Management, Human Rights, Natural Capital and Biodiversity.
Environmental Finance acknowledged:
“The Blueprint was awarded the ESG engagement initiative of the year for its holistic approach to ESG engagement, with the judges also noting its successful focus on outcomes as an integral part of the engagement process.
“Alongside fitting into Schroders’ long-term goals of alignment with the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals, unique objectives are also set for each company. These will depend on its current practices, material issues, geography and sector.”
Kimberley Lewis, Head of Active Ownership, Schroders, commented:
“It is fantastic to receive such prestigious recognition for a core element of our stewardship and engagement strategy. This accolade is a win for the whole of Schroders as the Blueprint is implemented across our investment desks. As a global active asset manager, we are able to influence corporate behaviour through constructive and committed engagement with the companies and assets we invest in. Active ownership is a key element of the value we bring to our clients.”
Andy Howard, Global Head of Sustainable Investments, Schroders, commented:
“The Engagement Blueprint establishes and articulates the guiding principles around our active ownership efforts, bringing enhanced transparency to our stewardship focus and helps to ensure we have a common voice across the asset classes we manage, as well as through our engagement and input to policy makers, regulators and industry groups.”
To read Schroders’ Engagement Blueprint in full, please click here.