By deepening the dialogue on ESG and stewardship, we aim to unlock value and enhance long-term investment returns.

Engaging to advance the cycle of sustainability

Sustainable investing does not end with an investment. Ongoing engagement helps us assess ESG risks and opportunities and allows us to influence corporate behavior in ways that can unlock value. Explore how we approach:

Risk and opportunity Assessment

Material ESG issues are strategic business issues that can affect financial performance

Understanding ESG issues broadly, as well as those that are material to specific industries or companies, helps us provide a holistic perspective, promote leadership on ESG best practices, and engage more effectively on our clients’ behalf.


Issues like water efficiency feed directly into production costs, so a company with better environmental practices may merit a higher valuation.

  • Carbon emissions
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Water management
  • Hazardous waste management


A company’s relationship with its employees, vendors, and the broader community can affect its reputation and competitiveness.

  • Corporate culture
  • Cybersecurity
  • Supply chain management


Corporate governance practices attract scrutiny from investors around the world and can affect everything from share price to earnings potential.

  • Executive compensation
  • Board composition
  • Succession planning

For illustrative purposes only.

Our approach to engagement

The goal of our stewardship activities — we believe engaging with companies and voting proxies on our clients’ behalf — is to support decisions that can potentially maximize the long-term value of securities we hold.

  • Singular focus for the benefit of our clients
  • Empowered investment teams and rigorous proprietary research
  • Stewardship across asset classes
  • Material ESG considerations, including climate change
  • Qualified stewardship personnel
  • Service provider oversight

Learn more about Wellington’s Engagement Policy

Corporate Engagement

Value Enhancement

By engaging with companies to better understand and advise them, we believe we can unlock long-term value for our clients.

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Active ownership

Our sustainable investment portfolio teams only invest in companies that meet their standards. Companies typically care deeply about our opinions, as we can be the incremental buyers or sellers of their securities. Simply put, we don’t have to own what we don’t like.

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Triangulating research

Equity. Credit. ESG. These teams often meet with company managements as one group. Having three types of research specialists inquire about interrelated issues can be a powerful catalyst for enhancing transparency, uncovering insights, and promoting action.

Size and scale

Our access to management teams and boards of directors gives us a voice to influence positive outcomes on ESG issues on our clients’ behalf.

US$1 trillion

in assets under management


clients worldwide


company meetings a year

As of June 2019

In practice

Helping one company boost competitiveness through better ESG practices

When a company takes steps to improve its ESG practices, it is a good sign. We work with management teams on constructive incremental solutions that we believe can add value over time.

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