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Public Engagement Report Q2 2021

The Public Engagement Report highlights some of the stewardship activities undertaken by EOS at Federated Hermes on behalf of its clients over Q2 2021.

Our cover story this quarter looks at the threat to our oceans from overfishing, plastic pollution, temperature rises and chemical contaminants, and outlines why protecting and conserving the marine environment is essential for human life and the global economy. In the article, we set out five key engagement themes that most closely relate to ocean sustainability, including biodiversity and human rights, and explain how we engage with companies on these issues.  

Also in this issue:

  • Abate and switch: steel seeks low carbon solutions – What can steelmakers, and the miners in their supply chain, do to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement?
  • A watershed for climate change stewardship? – Key developments in 2021, including the IEA’s Net Zero by 2050 report and the Dutch court ruling in the Shell case.
  • Votes for change – A comprehensive round up of our activity this voting season, including votes on climate transition plans, racial equity audit proposals, and executive pay.

Related Insights

Votes for change
This year we saw a number of companies offering shareholders a vote on their climate transition plans, including some in the oil and gas, construction, aviation, and consumer goods sectors.
Salary or sick leave – the impossible choice
In the United States, the lack of national paid family and medical leave policies underpins many difficult, often impossible, choices faced by disproportionately impacted worker populations.
Siemens Energy case study
Siemens Energy is addressing the challenges of the climate transition by setting science-based emissions reduction targets.
A watershed for climate change stewardship?
Mainstream sentiment has shifted, and the momentum is with investors calling for faster action on climate change.
Abate and switch: steel seeks low carbon solutions
Steel is considered a hard-to-abate sector, but national net-zero commitments and pressure from customers mean that solutions must be found to help drive down emissions.
Nature’s larder – why food producers must safeguard biodiversity
As many of the risks associated with the decline of nature are concentrated in the agricultural supply chain, it is imperative that companies develop a comprehensive understanding of how biodiversity underpins their business model.

EOS Client Service and Business Development

Amy D’Eugenio,
Head of Client Service and Business Development, EOS