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Public Engagement Report Q2 2020

The Public Engagement Report highlights some of the stewardship activities undertaken by EOS at Federated Hermes on behalf of its clients over Q2 2020.

Our cover story this quarter looks at the impact of the global pandemic on companies, their employees, supply chains and society as a whole, and explores how we have adjusted our engagement to reflect the harsh new reality. We also ask what lessons businesses should learn to be better prepared for future crises.  

Also in this issue:

  • Human rights engagement in high-risk contexts
  • A voting season like no other – virtual shareholder meetings against the backdrop of Covid-19
  • A selection of short-form company case studies highlighting areas where we have completed objectives or can demonstrate significant progress

Related Insights

Fighting infection – animal welfare and antimicrobial resistance
The coronavirus has highlighted the importance of being well prepared to respond to emerging global health threats.
Plastics and the circular economy
In April, EOS at Federated Hermes published a white paper – Investor Expectations for Global Plastic Challenges. This set out the scale and complexity of the problem and offered investors ways to engage with companies in three key sectors – chemicals, consumer goods and retail.
Q&A: AI and financial services
Janet Wong, an engager for EOS at Federated Hermes, talks to Dr David Hardoon, a senior AI adviser to the Union Bank of the Philippines, and the former chief data officer and senior AI adviser to the Monetary Authority of Singapore, about AI and data governance in financial services.
Protecting biodiversity through sustainable land use
How do deforestation and industrialised agriculture contribute to biodiversity loss, and why should companies ensure sustainable land use throughout their value chains?
EOS - Statement on HSBC and National Security Law in Hong Kong
Statement from Roland Bosch, Lead Engager - Financial Services, EOS at Federated Hermes
Beyond the box-ticking: what really makes a board function well?
At the end of April, EOS at Federated Hermes published a white paper Guiding Principles for an Effective Board – Insights from Engagement.

EOS Client Service and Business Development

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