Vicki Bakhshi, Director in the Responsible Investment team at BMO Global Asset Management, leads on our engagement with the companies that we invest in. Vicki’s work not only shapes the way we invest sustainably at BMO; her collaboration with other investors has helped to enact change for the better both at investee companies and at policy level.
F&C Investment Trust has witnessed a century and a half of change: space travel, the invention of computers, and much more. But the current pace of change – the rise of technology and the critical impact of climate change on the environment – is something that has not been experienced before. Both have huge implications for our lives, but they also have huge implications both on and from the financial world. As investors, we have the ability, and the responsibility, to make a difference. We have choices. We can choose which companies we invest in, and we can use our power as shareholders to press for change for the better. This is not simply choosing to divest from companies that do not have sustainable products or practices; most businesses are not all good or all bad. The best use of our power as shareholders is to target the decision makers, the Boards of the companies, to make real change happen. As investors, we can help shape a better future.