ESG Voting Policy Overlay: Mid-Year Report 2022

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Following the 2022 Proxy Season, we are pleased to share our insights and recommendations in the ESG Voting Policy Overlay Mid-Year Report. This report offers an overview of our voting recommendations as well as a review of the most important trends and outcomes of the 2022 proxy season. 

Key takeaways: 

  • A record number of ESG resolutions were voted in H1 2022, compared with previous years 
  • Increasing regulatory and investor focus on governance arrangements in ESG is prompting scrutiny of board nominees
  • Investors pressed more companies for interim emissions targets covering the full value chain, shifting focus to supply chain, and financed emissions in H1 2022 
  • Growing investor demand for reporting on metrics and targets extended beyond carbon emissions to address issues related to decent working conditions, water stewardship, plastic waste, deforestation, and DEI.