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Public Engagement Report Q1 2020

The Public Engagement Report highlights some of the stewardship activities undertaken by EOS at Federated Hermes on behalf of its clients over Q1 2020.

Our cover story this quarter looks at how the financial services industry is embracing artificial intelligence (AI) and the issues this poses due to the greater potential for unintended bias, regulatory infringements or bad business decisions.

Also in this issue:

  • Miners need to dig deep to allay investor concerns – Engagement with the mining sector on health and safety in the wake of Brumadinho
  • What makes a great board? – Ways to assess the effectiveness of a board’s culture, dynamics and behaviour
  • Shareholder engagement and its effects on target companies – An award-winning study showed that companies successfully engaged by EOS exhibited a lower risk profile, particularly when environmental issues are tackled 

Related Insights

Fighting infection – animal welfare and antimicrobial resistance
The coronavirus has highlighted the importance of being well prepared to respond to emerging global health threats.
Plastics and the circular economy
In April, EOS at Federated Hermes published a white paper – Investor Expectations for Global Plastic Challenges. This set out the scale and complexity of the problem and offered investors ways to engage with companies in three key sectors – chemicals, consumer goods and retail.
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.
Q&A: AI and financial services
Janet Wong, an engager for EOS at Federated Hermes, talks to Dr David Hardoon, a senior AI adviser to the Union Bank of the Philippines, and the former chief data officer and senior AI adviser to the Monetary Authority of Singapore, about AI and data governance in financial services.
Protecting biodiversity through sustainable land use
How do deforestation and industrialised agriculture contribute to biodiversity loss, and why should companies ensure sustainable land use throughout their value chains?
EOS - Statement on HSBC and National Security Law in Hong Kong
Statement from Roland Bosch, Lead Engager - Financial Services, EOS at Federated Hermes

EOS Client Service and Business Development

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