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Public Engagement Report Q2 2020

The Public Engagement Report highlights some of the stewardship activities undertaken by EOS at Federated Hermes on behalf of its clients over Q2 2020.

Our cover story this quarter looks at the impact of the global pandemic on companies, their employees, supply chains and society as a whole, and explores how we have adjusted our engagement to reflect the harsh new reality. We also ask what lessons businesses should learn to be better prepared for future crises.  

Also in this issue:

  • Human rights engagement in high-risk contexts
  • A voting season like no other – virtual shareholder meetings against the backdrop of Covid-19
  • A selection of short-form company case studies highlighting areas where we have completed objectives or can demonstrate significant progress

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Novartis case study
Novartis has increased its board gender diversity, appointed its first new auditor since 1940 and shown leadership on artificial intelligence.
How the pandemic is widening racial and ethnic inequities
The pandemic widened pre-existing racial and ethnic disparities and will continue to exacerbate those inequities unless more is done.
Stewardship in a pandemic
The pandemic has starkly illustrated the links between different sustainability issues. We have explored these links, and the challenges for companies, employees, investors, and wider society in a series of articles highlighting our stewardship work.
Access all areas
If virtual shareholder meetings are conducted well, they can support investor stewardship, rather than eroding shareholder rights.
Stuck in second gear
Car manufacturers need to pick up the pace in transitioning from fossil fuels to electric vehicles, with tighter regulations on emissions looming.

EOS Client Service and Business Development

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