The Covid-19 pandemic became the significant backdrop to much of our engagement in 2020. Despite lockdowns and the inability to meet face-to-face, we were able to adapt quickly to virtual engagement using web-based interfaces. This meant we could continue to deliver our engagement plan and related voting, plus our public policy and market best practice work.
In 2021 we are focusing on delivery of the appropriate post-pandemic response. We are encouraging companies to put business purpose at the heart of delivering positive societal outcomes and guiding decision-making around the trade-offs between stakeholders.
We are prioritising engagement on the protection of human and labour rights abuses, given the increased risks of further deterioration in already precarious working conditions, arising from the pandemic. We will also focus on modern slavery and limited access to fundamental needs such as food and medicine, including effective coronavirus vaccines.
To find out more, read the article in our Annual Review.