Sustainability, in all its forms, is a strategic priority for our firm and an integral part of our long-term mindset and commitment to our clients. We believe sustainable investing will shift capital markets over the next 20 years, and our goal is to drive excellence for clients by building a sustainability edge that is research based, credible, and future facing.
During 2021, we made significant investments to bolster our sustainable investing and operational efforts, including expanding our team of professionals and strengthening our leadership and governance ecosystem. We continued our research on the potential impacts of climate change on markets, economies, and the investment portfolios we manage on behalf of our clients. Throughout the year, we expanded our constructive dialogue with companies and issuers. Emphasizing management accountability, we tracked and achieved favorable engagement outcomes on major priorities, including strengthening climate resilience, addressing board diversity, and aligning executive compensation with shareholder outcomes.
We made strides in our industry leadership as well. I was honored to be reelected to the board of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. I also joined the Net Zero Asset Managers (NZAM) initiative Advisory Group, where I will continue to help broaden the signatory group and shape this important work.
Within our corporate operations, our WellSustain program remained focused on reducing our firm’s greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions and overall carbon footprint; deepening our focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion; and engaging with our local communities to advance positive financial, social, and environmental outcomes.
Below are highlights from the past year. For a comprehensive review of our sustainability efforts, please see our 2021 Sustainability Report.