Company Engagement

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Company Engagement

Shareholder rights can endow trade union pension trustees with powerful tools for holding companies where workers capital is invested to the highest social, environmental and governance standards, so that these investments can provide sustainable returns to fund beneficiaries over the long term. The CWC conducts research, coordinates investor initiatives on sustainability issues and encourages a community of practice among trade union trustees engaging companies on responsible investment issues.

Employing active oversight over companies held in a pension fund portfolio is part of a trustee’s stewardship duties. By exercising their proxy voting rights, engaging companies in dialogue, participating in relevant public policy debates and when necessary, divesting from laggards, trustees can play a pivotal role in improving corporate accountability.