Animal farming and ESG: a sector where some are more equal than others

The animal farming industry entered the pandemic widely regarded as an ESG laggard: a sector noted for its high greenhouse gas emissions, unethical treatment of livestock, and intensive land and water use, and a leading global cause of deforestation. The Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR) initiative found the industry has done ‘too little […]

Social issues rise up voting season agenda

This year we saw record numbers of shareholder proposals at major US companies, including many on social issues, against a backdrop of soaring inflation and a tumultuous political environment. These covered topics such as paid sick leave, employee representation on boards, reproductive rights risks, unionisation, and animal welfare, some of which were supported by high-profile […]

The spoils of the pandemic: in this together?

The annual publication of the Forbes rich list has become a much-followed media ritual, however, in 2022, the unveiling of the list served as a stark reminder – for those who cared to see it – of the asymmetrical impact of the pandemic. The world’s 10 richest men more than doubled their fortunes during the […]

Money to burn?

Methane accounts for about 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, but is more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere over the short term. So curbing methane emissions this decade would buy valuable time for big carbon-emitting sectors to find viable solutions. The importance of methane was recognised at COP26 when the […]

The wages of fear

Runaway fuel and food prices, and the Covid-19 pandemic, have pushed many people closer to the brink of destitution over the last two years. The climate crisis is also negatively impacting working conditions for millions of people around the globe. Low-income outdoor workers, such as those employed in agriculture or construction, are especially vulnerable to […]

The modern meal deal: a constant craving

Our global food systems are dysfunctional – obesity has nearly tripled since 1975, yet undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies remain. In developed countries, unhealthy, ultra-processed food can be cheaper than healthy, raw ingredients, while Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sparked food price inflation that is squeezing household budgets around the globe. However, the growing demand for […]

The biodiversity domino effect

The common goods of nature There is growing awareness in the financial sector of the interlinked climate and biodiversity emergencies, and the potential impacts on economies and markets. Research suggests over 50% of global GDP is highly or moderately dependent on nature¹. Failure to act on these issues could result in collapsing food systems and […]

Why companies need a just transition plan

The importance of aligning with the Paris Agreement to help limit global heating is widely understood, but few realise that considering the social impact of the net-zero transition is part of this. Yet the sweeping systemic change needed to address the climate crisis will only be achieved by ensuring that those most negatively affected are […]

Public Engagement Report, Q2 2022

Fast Reading Why companies need to step up scrutiny of their supply chains What oil and gas producers and pipeline operators should be doing to curb wasteful and harmful methane emissions How shareholder proposals on social issues dominated this year’s voting season Runaway fuel and food prices have pushed many people closer to the brink […]

Federated Hermes Stewardship Report 2021

Federated Hermes Limited is a leader among its global peers in the degree and transparency of its reporting on the stewardship imperative. Monitoring engagement outcomes is crucial in ensuring our approach is effective and achieves the desired results. This year’s report does exactly that – with expanded sections on our collaborative engagements, and on how […]