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Dec 08, 2020

Governance Matters: Understanding Federated Hermes’ ESG integration and emerging themes for the 2021 proxy season

In the third episode of the Governance Matters podcast, Jeff Cossette explores how investors are using ESG factors to make investment and proxy voting decisions

For corporate governance teams, the proliferation of socially responsible investment asset managers presents both risks and opportunities. Ignore their expectations and you might expect not only a higher cost of capital but also a slew of unwelcome consequences on the proxy front.

In the latest episode of the Governance Matters podcast, we catch up with Martin Jarzebowski, director of ESG and responsible investing at Federated Hermes, about his firm’s approach to integrating ESG and stewardship into investment decision-making.

In the second part of the podcast, Brigid Rosati, managing director for business development and corporate strategy at Computershare Georgeson, gives us a rundown on some of the top trends from this year’s proxy season and emerging issues ahead of next year.

The Governance Matters podcast provides listeners with insight into the cutting-edge issues of the day for corporate secretaries, general counsel and all governance professionals.

This monthly podcast will look at how the role of the corporate secretary and the board has evolved over time, as well as how the governance landscape continues to change. From ESG to entity management, shareholder engagement to technology, we’ll hear from award-winning governance professionals and leading advisers about the latest public company governance matters.

Click here to listen and subscribe on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Soundcloud. Stay tuned for episode four, coming soon.

Jeff Cossette

A graduate of Carleton University's School of Journalism, Jeff Cossette is a freelance writer who lives in Prince Edward Island with Susie