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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

Related Insights

Burberry case study
Burberry has reaffirmed its commitment to find alternatives to incinerating surplus stock in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and set a science-based carbon reduction target.
The coronavirus and the race for a vaccine
With the coronavirus pandemic set to continue without an effective and widely-available vaccine, all eyes are on the pharmaceutical sector.
Mizuho Financial Group case study
Mizuho has made a commitment to ending financing of new coal-fired power plants and reducing exposure to coal-fired power plants to zero by 2050, the only Japanese bank to makes such a commitment.
A voting season like no other
With many companies opting for virtual shareholder meetings, how did investors ensure their concerns about climate change, diversity and human rights risks were addressed?
Antimicrobial resistance and the challenge for pharmaceutical companies
A lack of research and development into new antibiotic classes compounds the serious threat that antimicrobial resistance poses to public health.
Repsol case study
Repsol became the first oil and gas company to commit to a net-zero goal by 2050, supported by a decarbonisation pathway with interim targets, setting a higher benchmark for the industry. EOS has engaged with the company since 2013 on its climate action and targets.

EOS Client Service and Business Development

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