Active owners can use engagement with invested companies as a tool to overcome market inefficiencies, particularly as relates to environmental, social and governance (ESG) related issues, according to a panel of experts speaking at the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) Australia conference.
Investors are stakeholders in companies, as well as being owners of the company, which means they have legitimacy, urgency and power, said Alison George, head of policy at Regnan Governance Research and Engagement. George, along with Michael Jantzi of Sustainalytics, Trevor Thomas of Ethinvest, Michael Walsh of UCA Funds Management and Howard Pender of the Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, discussed the means and motivations behind engagements with companies, as well as the impacts that can result from engagements with companies as well.
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