Spectrum Q3 2023: No robots were harmed in the making of this report

In a 1962 collection of short stories, sci-fi sage Arthur C Clarke postulated his third law, that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. Now, as we push through the second decade of the 21st century and into a future seemingly set up for AI, Clarke’s law appears more apt than ever. Through the […]

Investor dissension mounts as temperatures rise

Shareholders continued to call for change at companies this year, bringing a raft of proposals in the US and Europe on collective bargaining rights, climate lobbying, child safety in the digital realm, animal welfare, racial equity and tax transparency. Executive compensation also came under scrutiny as the cost of living crisis continued. Meanwhile, as Europe […]

Japanese reforms ignite investor optimism

Shareholder activism has been on the rise in Japan over the last few years, as institutional investors have grown increasingly frustrated with some companies’ poor governance practices and the slow pace of change. High-profile scandals, such as that at Toshiba, have heightened the pressure on companies to be more responsive to shareholders. Now an update […]

A deadly harvest?

Synthetic pesticides, including herbicides and insecticides, are designed to kill insects, weeds, fungi or other pests, to protect crops, increase food production and reduce the risk of famine. However, the human health and environmental risks associated with particular chemical compounds have been well documented, perhaps most famously in Rachel Carson’s 1962 book, Silent Spring. Carson’s […]

Why forever chemicals aren’t going away

We encounter a host of synthetic chemicals in our daily lives, although many of us are unaware how dangerous they can be to our long-term health. There is particular concern about the persistence of certain synthetic long-lasting chemicals called PFAS, which break down very slowly over time, if at all. These substances contain a strong […]

Public Engagement Report Q2 2023

Fast reading Widespread use of synthetic pesticides to protect crops and boost yields poses risks to the environment and human health How the latest Japanese corporate governance reforms can help drive shareholder value Climate lobbying, collective bargaining and tax transparency among the issues addressed by shareholder proposals this voting season Chemicals and pesticides have been […]

Techtronic Industries case study

In the supply chain, the company is exposed to human rights risks through the cobalt mining process, a key mineral in batteries that power wireless appliances. Initially, it did not have a dedicated cobalt procurement policy, and we perceived the company to have insufficient disclosure of its supply chain management methods and performance indicators. In […]

German automotive engagement on climate lobbying

Many automotive companies have set emissions reduction targets focused on a shift to electromobility – but to implement this effectively, a supportive policy environment is essential.  In the video below, Lisa Lange dives into her engagement work with Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and BMW, discussing how automotive companies must align their direct and indirect lobbying activities with […]

The value of gender equity in the workplace

Gender gaps around the world reflect underlying societal issues that impact women at all stages of life, from the wages earned at work, and the way women are treated by the justice system, to the pervasive everyday sexism highlighted by the #MeToo movement. At work, women may be subjected to sexual harassment and discrimination, which […]

Federated Hermes Stewardship Report 2022

This year’s report now features the stewardship activities of our infrastructure and private equity investment teams. Monitoring engagement outcomes is crucial in ensuring our approach is effective and achieves the desired results. As such, this report contains new and updated examples and case studies throughout to demonstrate how our approach works in practice. In our […]