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We can all get along (part II)

This is the second part of a two-part paper asserting that the shared interests of bondholders and shareholders provide incentives to jointly engage companies – and generate positive outcomes by doing so. In part one, we disproved the claim that the imperatives of bond and shareholders typically diverge and argued that both financial stakeholders have the legitimacy to engage. In this paper, we explain how bondholders can play their part in promoting the interests of all financial stakeholders.

In this paper, we progress from our philosophy of engagement on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors to the practice of it. The foundation for corporate engagement, which we see as inexorably linked to investment itself, is grounded in the belief that stakeholders have the legitimacy to do so. We believe that when we speak to a company on this basis, our voice is louder, more credible and more influential.

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