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Q4 2022 Spotlight on

What Does Net Zero Mean for Portfolios?


We discuss how we are navigating net zero in our portfolios to achieve real-world decarbonization.

Highlights from Q4 2022

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

    • product access
    • climate change
    • waste management
    • human capital management
    • food and nutrition
    • supply-chain management
    • raw materials sourcing and use
    • compensation
    • data security
    • board effectiveness
    • diversity
    • strategy

Voting Profile: Q4 2022

During the quarter, we exercised our clients’ voting rights at a total of 290 shareholder meetings.

Across all regions, votes were instructed against management recommendations on 312 separate resolutions, which equated to 42% of the 290 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.


took no action3


in favor of management1




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 boards or key committees

US executive compensation arrangements not being aligned sufficiently with performance

Share issuances leading to excessive dilution for existing shareholders

US company auditors serving for multiple decades

Article amendments which would limit or reduce shareholder rights


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.

For Institutional Clients Only. Issued by Newton Investment Management North America LLC (“NIMNA”). NIMNA is a registered investment adviser with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (“BNY Mellon”). The Firm was established in 2021,comprised of equity and multi-asset teams from an affiliate, Mellon Investments Corporation. The Firm is part of the group of affiliated companies that individually or collectively provide investment advisory services under the brand “Newton” or “Newton Investment Management” (“Newton”). Newton currently includes NIMNA and Newton Investment Management Ltd. (“NIM”).

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This document may not be used for the purpose of an offer or solicitation in any jurisdiction or in any circumstances in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful or not authorised. Certain information contained herein is based on outside sources believed to be reliable, but their accuracy is not guaranteed. The opinions expressed in this document are those of Newton and should not be construed as investment advice.

Any reference to a specific security, country or sector should not be construed as a recommendation to buy or sell investments in those securities, countries or sectors. Please note that portfolio holdings and positioning are subject to change without notice.

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.