Any investment policies, processes or activities described in this report relate to investment strategies managed from the United Kingdom by Newton Investment Management Limited. This report does not apply to investment strategies managed from the United States by Newton Investment Management North America LLC.

Q3 2022 Spotlight on

Responsible Investment 2.0: The Asset Management Transition Story

RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT 2.0: THE ASSET MANAGEMENT TRANSITION STORY

Why we believe the financial industry needs its own transition as it seeks to help companies become sustainable.

Highlights from Q3 2022

  • We voted at
    216
    Annual General Meetings
    +
    95
    Extraordinary General Meetings
    on behalf of our clients
  • We engaged with
    48
    issuers
    for the purpose of raising ESG concerns or seeking further information.
  • Examples of engagement with companies included matters such as:

    • product access
    • climate change
    • human capital management
    • food and nutrition
    • supply-chain management
    • compensation
    • cyber risk
    • board effectiveness
    • diversity
    • strategy
 

Voting Profile: Q3 2022

During the quarter, we exercised our clients’ voting rights at a total of 311 shareholder meetings.

Across all regions, votes were instructed against management recommendations on 308 separate resolutions, which equated to 41% of the 311 meetings.

1 In favor of management on all resolutions.
2 Against management on one or more resolutions. Including abstentions and withhold votes where there was no option to vote against.
3 Took no action owing to shareblocking or sanctions considerations.

2

took no action3

181

in favor of management1

0

abstained

128

against management2

Key Issues of Concern

ESG quality reviews

We consider material and relevant ESG risks, issues and opportunities of all companies our global sector analysts are considering recommending for investment.

Companies’ progress in managing climate risks

Companies’ progress on human capital management

Insufficient independence on board or key committees

US executive compensation arrangements not being aligned sufficiently with performance

US company auditors serving for multiple decades

Article amendments which would limit or reduce shareholder rights

Quality

Important Information

Your capital may be at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the original amount invested.

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Newton manages a variety of investment strategies. Whether and how ESG considerations are assessed or integrated into Newton’s strategies depends on the asset classes and/or the particular strategy involved, as well as the research and investment approach of each Newton firm. ESG may not be considered for each individual investment and, where ESG is considered, other attributes of an investment may outweigh ESG considerations when making investment decisions.