Engaging companies on best ESG practices

Kelvin Teo, PM for Emerging markets and Asia Pacific equities, shares how UBS-AM can influence companies to adopt best ESG practices.

Sustainable investing 01 Jul 2021 3 min watch

Regulators and central banks want to see more ESG integration and sustainable practices

Kelvin Teo

Portfolio Manager and research analyst
Emerging markets and Asia Pacific Equities


Engagement activities

Despite the global pandemic in 2020, it has not affected our ability to interact with prospective and investee companies.

UBS-AM engages with companies to drive positive change to ESG policies

11,615

No. of meetings we voted at

In 2020, the number of meetings at which we voted increased in all regions from 2019:

  • APAC (ex Australia and Japan) +43%
  • Europe (ex UK) +11%

115,000

Resolutions voted on

429

meetings on ESG matters


During 2020, we conducted 429 meetings, representing a 20% increase from 2019. Approximately, 10% of these were in collaboration with initiatives like Climate Action 100+.

54%

of these meetings involved C-suites

17%

Voted against management


Voted against management

614

cases due to lack of gender diversity.

Specifically on 518 occasions due to the low percentage of women on the board.

We are increasingly looking for companies to strengthen their commitments to people and purpose. Read our Stewardship Annual Report 2020 to see how.


20+ years of sustainable investing history

For over 20 years, UBS Asset Management has implemented sustainable portfolio solutions for investors across the globe. Today all our active equities and fixed income strategies consider ESG factors in the investment process.

100%

Active equities and fixed Income strategies consider ESG factors in investment process

Net Zero Asset Managers

Founding member of initiative to commit to net zero emissions goal by 2050 or sooner1

A+

for stewardship, strategy and governance module of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment2

A

for listed equity and fixed income of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment2

USD 440.5b

ESG-integrated AUM3

USD 97.1b

Sustainable Investing AUM3

20+

Employees dedicated to sustainable investing

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