Institutional investors speak on ESG investing

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Here’s a 27-page report from Georgeson based on interviews with 30 global institutional investors representing $47 trillion in assets under management, 83% of which are signatories of the Climate Action 100+ Initiative and 80% of which are signatories of the Net Zero Asset Management initiative. Among the findings are:

– Investors want to see more ambitious and rigorous ESG metrics. 87% of respondents suggested the ‘rigour of metric’ to be a key concern when assessing the quality of ESG metrics.
– Investors are stepping up their focus on climate ambition and disclosure. Overwhelmingly, 93% of respondents confirmed they will continue to develop more detailed climate transition policy guidelines.
– Human Capital Management will get closer attention during the 2023 voting season. 70% of respondents will be focusing off-season engagement on human capital management related themes.
– Shareholders rights will come under closer scrutiny. 60% of respondents informed us that a 20% vote against management proposals will be a reference point for expecting companies to address dissent.