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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

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China’s long and winding road to net zero
We are engaging with Chinese and Hong Kong companies on establishing targets and plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.
Japan Tobacco case study
Japan Tobacco has demonstrated its commitment to eliminating child labour from its supply chain through various programmes and significantly improving its reporting on the issue, including a standalone human rights report.
POSCO case study
Following engagement on climate change, POSCO strengthened its governance and management framework of climate-related issues.
Associated British Foods case study
ABF has evaluated its approach to risk management and subsequently provided increased assurance to investors and increased its communication on the topic.
JD.com case study
JD.com published its first ESG report in April 2021 and its second sustainability report in June 2021. It also held its first shareholder meeting in June 2021 with appointment of its first female board director.

EOS Client Service and Business Development

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