“On biodiversity, we anticipate this will be the year that this important issue begins to get attention,” said Jamie Bonham, NEI’s Director of Corporate Engagement. “We see this figure prominently on our agenda for the foreseeable future.”
On climate change, specifically zero zero, Bonham says there is momentum, but also doubts how companies will reach their 2050 goals.
“Companies need to allay those fears by disclosing strong short-term goals and detailing credible strategies with physical capital behind them,” he said.
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Engagement includes corporate dialogue, proxy voting and shareholder resolution, three components of NEI’s longstanding responsible investing program.
With the current crisis in Ukraine, Toronto-based asset managers are also looking for action from firms that are linked to Russia.