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Investment Stewardship & Proxy Voting

Investment Stewardship & Proxy Voting
Key takeaways
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For the third consecutive year, Invesco achieved an A+ rating from the United Nations sponsored Principles of Responsible Investment for Strategy and Governance (2017, 2018, 2019).

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We believe proxy voting is a powerful mechanism to drive responsible investment, engagement and investment stewardship.

Invesco voted in 99.96% of all meetings in 74 markets in the 12 months ending 30 June 2019.

Invesco is committed to delivering an investment experience that helps people get more out of life. A key part of this effort is aiming to provide strong, long-term investment performance to our clients around the globe while meeting our fiduciary obligations and ensuring a sustainable environment for future generations.

For years, we’ve demonstrated our commitment to responsible investment by actively working to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices across all areas of our firm.

Our ESG approach is rooted in our investment strategies, products, proxy voting, active ownership, engagement and other oversight practices to ensure we are meeting the highest levels of fiduciary and corporate responsibility.

In the UK, Invesco is a Tier 1 signatory of the Financial Reporting Council’s Stewardship Code and an active member of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, while globally we achieved ‘A+’ rating in 2019 from United Nations sponsored Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) for Strategy and Governance.

Our annual Investment Stewardship & Proxy Voting Report features:

  • Invesco’s responsible investing approach
  • Examples of the wide variety of capabilities available across investment teams
  • Our differentiated proxy voting approach and 2018 results
  • ESG cases studies from across the business

Proxy voting: Investor-led, investor-driven

As active, long-term investors, we seek to encourage the companies in which we invest to adopt best-in-class ESG practices.

We believe proxy voting is the hallmark of active ownership and serves as a powerful mechanism to drive responsible investment, engagement and investment stewardship.

Our patented, proprietary platform allows us to build upon our institutional base of knowledge of the portfolio companies in which we invest and supplies a global platform for active internal diligence.

Invesco’s investor-led, investor-driven proxy voting approach helps to ensure that each meeting is voted in our clients’ best interests.

Invesco Proxy Voting 2018*

99.96% Meetings voted 74 Markets
18,500 Meetings 100% Support of proxy access proposals
14.7% Increase in support of board diversity proposals 50% Support all activist campaigns with 8% increase since last year
9.7% Increase in overall support of shareholder proposals 30% Supported data security and privacy proposals

Footnotes

  • *Voting from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Investment risks

  • The value of investments and any income will fluctuate (this may partly be the result of exchange rate fluctuations) and investors may not get back the full amount invested.

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