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Calvert Research and Management engages Hermes EOS

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Hans-Christoph Hirt
19 April 2018
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WASHINGTON and LONDON, 19 April 2018 - Calvert Research and Management (“Calvert”), a subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp., and Hermes Investment Management (“Hermes”) today announced that Hermes EOS (Equity Ownership Services), the stewardship and engagement unit of Hermes, has entered into an agreement with Calvert to supplement Calvert’s in-house corporate engagement program.

Hermes EOS is a global leader in providing corporate engagement services to asset owners and asset managers across equity and fixed income asset classes on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Hermes EOS will provide engagement, consultation and reporting services to Calvert.  

Dr. Hans-Christoph Hirt, Head of Hermes EOS, said: “Hermes EOS has one of the largest global stewardship resources in the world and we are excited to be working with Calvert to effectively engage corporates worldwide. Driven by our team of highly experienced and skilled multi-national professionals, our engagement program seeks to increase and protect the value of companies Calvert invests in on behalf of its clients by addressing the full range of sustainability issues they are facing.”

John Streur, President and Chief Executive Officer of Calvert, said: “Calvert’s advocacy efforts outside the U.S. are expanding as we increase investments in non-U.S. companies. Our agreement with Hermes EOS provides Calvert immediate access to engagement activities outside the U.S. and further strengthens our current engagement in the U.S. By enhancing our global engagement program, we help Calvert clients achieve their responsible investing goals.”

Calvert is a leader in Responsible Investing, with approximately $14.0 billion (USD) of mutual fund and separate account assets under management as of 31 January 2018. The company traces its roots to Calvert Investments, which in 1982 launched the first mutual fund to avoid investing in companies operating in apartheid-era South Africa. Today, the Calvert Funds are one of the largest and most diversified families of responsibly invested mutual funds, encompassing actively and passively managed strategies, U.S. and international equity strategies, income strategies and asset allocation funds. For more information, visit calvert.com.

Hermes EOS is one of the world’s leading stewardship services, currently advising on $454.7bn[1] on behalf of its clients. In 2017, the Hermes EOS team engaged with 659 companies on 1,704 environmental, social, governance, strategy, risk and communication issues and objectives.

[1] As of 31 December 2017

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Hans-Christoph Hirt Dr Hans-Christoph Hirt is an executive director and board member at Hermes EOS and as Head of the organisation responsible for the sustainable success of the business. He leads and oversees the global engagement programme and the quality of the services Hermes EOS provides to its clients around the world. Hans also leads some high-profile stewardship activities, including priority engagements with major companies in Asia and Germany, as well as interactions with key regulators and organisations. Prior to joining Hermes EOS, Hans worked with international law firm Ashurst. He is the author of numerous publications on corporate governance and law, responsible investment and stewardship. Currently, he is a member of the Steering Committee of the UN PRI Investor Engagement Clearinghouse and the Shareholder Responsibilities Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network. In 2015, he joined the Institutional Investor Council in Malaysia. Hans is a UK-qualified lawyer, holds degrees in Business Administration from universities in Germany and the UK, the ACCA qualification and a PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE). He continues to be involved in academia as a Corporate Governance Fellow at the LSE’s Financial Markets Group and a Teaching Fellow at University College London. Hans speaks French, German and Mandarin.
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