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Public Engagement Report Q1 2020

The Public Engagement Report highlights some of the stewardship activities undertaken by EOS at Federated Hermes on behalf of its clients over Q1 2020.

Our cover story this quarter looks at how the financial services industry is embracing artificial intelligence (AI) and the issues this poses due to the greater potential for unintended bias, regulatory infringements or bad business decisions.

Also in this issue:

  • Miners need to dig deep to allay investor concerns – Engagement with the mining sector on health and safety in the wake of Brumadinho
  • What makes a great board? – Ways to assess the effectiveness of a board’s culture, dynamics and behaviour
  • Shareholder engagement and its effects on target companies – An award-winning study showed that companies successfully engaged by EOS exhibited a lower risk profile, particularly when environmental issues are tackled 

Related Insights

Climate change and human rights
Climate change is not only having a devastating impact on the environment, it is also a human rights issue.
NetEase case study
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 case study
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 case study
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.
Burberry case study
Burberry has reaffirmed its commitment to find alternatives to incinerating surplus stock in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and set a science-based carbon reduction target.
The coronavirus and the race for a vaccine
With the coronavirus pandemic set to continue without an effective and widely-available vaccine, all eyes are on the pharmaceutical sector.

EOS Client Service and Business Development

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