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 […]

LyondellBasell case study

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Fast reading We welcomed the company’s release of its climate strategy, setting a Scope 1 and 2 net-zero ambition for its global operations. We continue to engage with LyondellBasell on its pathway to net zero including Scope 3 emissions and climate lobbying. EOS has engaged with the multinational chemical major, LyondellBasell Industries NV (LyondellBasell), on […]

Petrobras case study

Petrostation on the ocean

Fast reading We discussed the effectiveness of Petrobras’ new framework, especially the conglomerate audit committee, currently covering 15 of Petrobras’ subsidiaries. We gained assurance that the improved governance of subsidiaries has led to better oversight on nomination, compliance and audit, as well as improved operational efficiency at the subsidiary level. Petrobras is one of the […]

The digital dilemma

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The powerful internet communications and technology (ICT) sector has had significant transformative effects on other sectors and people’s daily lives. But in addition to the positive impacts, such as increasing access to information and services, this has led to unexpected harms and new challenges. These include the spreading of hate speech and the dissemination of […]

Litmus test for chemical sector decarbonisation

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Chemicals are essential inputs for many industries, with chemical use pervasive and entrenched in the modern world. But like the steel industry, the chemical sector is considered “hard-to-abate”, meaning that the solutions to reduce emissions are either technically challenging, prohibitively expensive, or both. Decarbonisation of the energy sources used to generate the heat, steam and […]

Chemical sector under scrutiny in EOS’s Q1 Public Engagement Report

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Fast reading How the hard-to-abate chemical sector can play a role in the low carbon transition. Regulation has failed to keep pace with the digital revolution, leading to social harms that pose risks for companies, investors and individuals. Addressing social inequities, including those exacerbated by the pandemic, can help to create long-term value for investors. […]

EOS appointed by Colonial First State for stewardship services

The appointment means that EOS now provides ESG support to nine institutions in Australia, representing A$320.5 billion¹ in assets under advice in the region, further strengthening its presence. Gary Horton, Head of Distribution – Australia & New Zealand at Federated Hermes Limited said: “We look forward to carrying out engagement activities globally on CFS’ behalf […]

Public Engagement Report Q1 2022

Laboratory glassware microscope test tubes

In our cover feature this quarter we take an in-depth look at the chemical sector and its difficult path to decarbonisation. Like steel, which we explored in our Q2 2021 Public Engagement Report, the chemical sector is considered a hard-to-abate industry. US engager Joanne Beatty guides us through some of the challenges and explains how […]

How regenerative agriculture can sow the seeds of change

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Fast reading Regenerative agriculture practices improve soil health, biodiversity and watersheds in addition to enhancing ecosystem services. Companies should set targets to source ingredients from regenerative agriculture and work with farmers to implement the change. A true regenerative strategy should also address the social issues of inequity within agriculture. Widespread use of fertilisers and pesticides […]

Air Liquide case study

Air liquide in the mountains

Fast reading Air Liquide has accelerated its ambitions with key commitments on climate. We welcome the key announcements made during the sustainability strategy day, but since Scope 3 emissions represent approximately 40% of the company’s total emissions we continue to press for a long-term goal across the entire value chain with interim targets. EOS has […]