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Masaru Arai is a senior engagement consultant at EOS and focusses on engagements and business development in Japan. He has 12 years of experience in responsible investment, 19 years in investment trust management and 20 years in the brokerage and underwriting business. Masaru is chair of the Japan Sustainable Investment Forum. He has been a member of the FTSE4Good advisory committee since 2005 and a member of CDP’s Japan Advisory Group since 2009. He also is a member of the Sustainable Financial System Advisory Group of the PRI and in 2015 acted as a PRI board member. He is a regular member of the committees on ESG issues set up by the Ministry of the Environment, as well as by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan. Masaru worked at Daiwa Asset Management for 19 years, of which he spent seven years as its chief investment officer. Prior to that, he spent 20 years at Daiwa Securities, specialising in global investment and finance business. He has working experience in France, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Hong Kong. Masaru holds a BA in Business and Commerce from Keio University, Japan, and studied at the Center for Arabic Studies at the American University in Cairo.
NetEase published its inaugural ESG report in June 2020, covering material ESG topics including data privacy and protection, and GDPR compliance. EOS is pleased with its commitment to improve shareholder communication and continues to engage with the company on the wider ESG agenda.
HEINEKEN has improved the standard and transparency of its business conduct policies, increasing investor confidence. EOS continues to engage with the company on its accountability to its key values of integrity and fairness and on other ESG issues.
Takeda Pharmaceutical has significantly improved the transparency and accountability of its executive remuneration, aligning itself more closely to global peers. EOS has engaged it on this topic for the past 16 months to increase investor confidence in the company for the long term.