20 years of investor engagement

We’re celebrating two decades of investor engagement. The decade ahead is vital for securing a sustainable future – join us on the journey.


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20 years of engagement


companies engaged




instances of positive change recorded in ESG practices

As at 31 Dec 2019

Discover the history of investor engagement

Early investor engagement was a relatively niche activity, largely driven by mission and faith-based investors. A significant obstacle to scaling up these efforts was a lack of common definitions and standards for sustainability. This changed in the late 1980s, with the United Nations founding some of the key institutions and concepts that have guided action on sustainability ever since. With these building blocks in place, the stage was set for the sustainability agenda to enter the mainstream. Discover the journey below:

Bright building with different flags


Learn how investor engagement began to enter the mainstream

Child pointing on cows grazing on the field


Discover what drove the rapid growth in responsible investment approaches

Landscape presenting polluted beach


Learn how investor engagement began to enter the mainstream

Discover our global influence

Hover over the locations below to discover the instances of positive change – ‘milestones’ – we have achieved through engagement over the past 20 years.

  • Enviromental
  • Social
  • Governance
United States
South America
South Africa

Investor engagement in action

When it comes to engaging companies, our approach varies by company and the ESG issues at hand, ranging from ongoing, constructive dialogue to dedicated site visits. Discover examples of our engagement here.

Our engagement insights

Responsible Investment
Woman looking into a microscope
5 min read
September 2020

ESG Viewpoint – COVID-19 and the pharmaceutical industry

How is the pharmaceutical industry responding to COVID-19?
Responsible Investment
Woman shouting through megaphone
5 min read
August 2020

ESG Viewpoint – Racial justice: the imperative for investor action

How should our industry address racial justice?
Responsible Investment
Coal plant banner
6 min read
February 2020

A new life for old coal power?

We consider how sustainable repurposing coal-powered plants into alternative fuel plants really is.