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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 

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EOS Client Service and Business Development

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