Engagement is more than just meeting with company management, it’s an opportunity to gain insight into a company’s approach to sustainability.
We engage on a broad range of topics, everything from understanding how a company is transitioning as climate risks intensify to responding to emerging trends like consumer backlash to single-use plastics. It also gives us the opportunity to share our expectations on corporate behaviour, for example our views on tax and efforts to prevent bribery and corruption.
Finally, engagement provides us with an opportunity to try and influence company interactions with their stakeholders; ensuring that the companies we invest in are treating their employees, customers and communities in a responsible way.
As an active investor, Schroders can make decisions on which companies to invest in rather than following a market index. This means we have a strong foundation from which to engage successfully.