Stewardship and Engagement

Our engagement to drive action and create meaningful impact.

Overview

As a major investor in many markets, we carry the potential to influence companies towards behaviours that we believe will be to the advantage of our clients. This may extend from highlighting short-term strategic risks for individual firms, to encouraging longer-term positioning that helps build secure and sustainable economies.

Engagement is therefore a central pillar of responsible investment at AXA IM, and we continuously review ways to make this dialogue as efficient and impactful as possible. We focus on engagement activity where we feel we can make a tangible, positive contribution – our goal is to set clear and meaningful objectives, pursue regular meetings to verify progress, and to vote with conviction when required. We believe this focused approach can potentially improve risk-adjusted returns for clients, and help build resilience into portfolios.

How we engage to enable a sustainable future

During 2021 we engaged with companies on ESG themes where we believe we can effect meaningful change and impact. Our main themes of dialogue included climate, biodiversity, ecosystem protection and human capital among others. We have also started to cover new sectors, with an engagement programme focused on listed real estate companies; and we reinforced our engagement with policymakers on sustainable finance matters.

Our report

2021 Active Ownership and Stewardship Report

Our 2021 Active Ownership and Stewardship Report details our interactions with issuers over the year, alongside our vision for expanding that activity in the future. We see engagement and voting as a fundamental part of our fiduciary duty to clients as we seek to protect portfolios and help build sustainable economies for the decades to come.

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Our case studies

Read our case studies to learn how we engage with an investee company.

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Climate change

Climate change is one of the central pillars of AXA IM’s engagement with companies.

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Biodiversity collapse

We are committed to biodiversity protection. Throughout 2021, this commitment has been continually reaffirmed through a series of actions.

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Gender diversity

We believe gender diversity is a key factor in achieving and maintaining a healthy and efficient working environment.

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Data privacy

Collection of personal data has fuelled the rapid growth of internet-based technology companies.

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Nutrition and health

As an active, responsible and long-term investor, the issue of health is a crucial topic.

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