Engaging with companies to convey our views on and concerns over a sustainable future is central to responsible investing. This is how we interpret taking care of long-term value as good stewards.
Stewardship at BNP Paribas Asset Management is about ensuring that the companies we invest in understand the risks they face as well as the risks they cause for others, Adam Kanzer, head of stewardship Americas, explains in this video.
What forms does stewardship take?
We are using proxy voting at annual general meetings, direct engagement with companies and other issuers of securities, and public policy advocacy to change corporate practice. As part of our efforts, we are also working with other institutional investors. We believe that is in the long-term interest of ourselves, investors, and future generations to act to protect social and environmental systems.
BNP Paribas Asset Management believes stewardship and engagement are essential in the shift towards a more sustainable financial system. This means asset managers as well as investors should be focused on creating long-term value and on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects of investing responsibly.
Stewardship also involves approaching those who make the policies that shape markets and the wider investment context.
What guides our stewardship actions?
For us, there are three thematic areas: the energy transition to a low-carbon economy; care for the environment, and particularly deforestation and water; and equality.
“As an example, after Europe, we are now targeting US companies to align their political lobbying with the Paris agreement,“ Kanzer says.
Areas for concern include the freedom of expression and privacy. Regionally, attention is centred on Brazil – the Amazon and the Cerrado – excessive executive compensation in the US, the country’s opioid crisis, and diversity and human rights issues.
Also watch the video with Helena Viñes Fiestas, Deputy Global Head of Sustainability at BNP Paribas Asset Management and a member of the European Commission’s Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance
This article appeared in The Intelligence Report
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