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Our stewardship investing team aims to identify and invest in ESG leaders and/or companies measurably improving their ESG practices. They believe companies focused on ESG in conjunction with financial fundamentals have the potential to develop competitive advantages and increase their value.
Creating a flywheel effect
Our stewardship investment team believes companies that sustain attractive returns on capital can focus on positive ESG outcomes, leading to potentially higher stock prices and enabling further investment in stewardship. This may help generate a virtuous cycle, or flywheel effect, improving both profitability and stewardship over time.
This investment team believes that working with companies to improve practices and focusing on the full set of stakeholder considerations helps them better assess management depth, risk controls, and innovation potential.
Meet the Manager
“Find out how Portfolio Manager Yolanda Courtines uses her cosmopolitan background and language skills to identify companies with outstanding steward practices.”
— Yolanda Courtines, CFA, Equity Portfolio Manager and Chair, Investment Stewardship Committee
Shareholder activism in Japan: Integrating ESG within the investment process
In the final article within our series on shareholder activism in Japan, ESG Analyst Soo Ho Jung shares how the Japan equity team integrates ESG to help realize value for investors.
Building resilience: Key questions equity investors need to ask today
Yolanda Courtines explores how equity investors can re-assess the resilience of their core portfolio against higher interest rates and more adverse macro conditions.
Shareholder activism in Japan: How our engagement approach drives value
Equity Portfolio Manager Katsuhiro Iwai introduces the Japan equity investment team's approach to engagement, sharing a number of successful recent case studies.
Activism – History and evolution in Japan
Investment Director Hideo Ueki examines the history of shareholder activism in Japan, with particular emphasis on the differences between current and historical attitudes toward activism.
2022 Sustainability Report
We appreciate the opportunity to share our approach to advancing sustainable practices across our investment, client, and infrastructure platforms.
The value in valuing employees
Companies able to adapt and respond to challenges in the labor market will find themselves well positioned for the future, say Equity Portfolio Managers Yolanda Courtines and Mark Mandel.
Assessing the impact of climate resilience
Oyin Oduya and Louisa Boltz discuss the case for impact solutions focused on climate adaptation and share high-level guidelines to help overcome the associated measurement challenge.
ESG integration in public and private markets
Two ESG leaders discuss why ESG matters for investors, and how their teams help inform the investment process. They also share their priority research and engagement topics for 2023.
Key updates to Wellington’s 2023 proxy voting guidelines
We periodically update our guidelines in an ongoing effort to help Wellington's investment teams vote proxies in our clients' best interests. Read about key updates for this year from two members of Wellington's ESG team.
Focusing on value amid rising global challenges and opportunities
Our Sustainable Investing (SI) Research Team offers a high-level view of 2023 research and engagement priorities.
FAQS: Stewardship investing
*All investment teams at the firm can access the tools and dashboards discussed. Investor usage typically depends on the types of approaches the investor manages, or their specific areas of coverage. Investors managing portfolios in accordance with ESG- and SI-specific strategies, those incorporating ESG into their fundamental process, and those managing in accordance with client guidelines and regulations are typically the most frequent users of these tools.
We believe that ESG issues are strategic business issues that can affect the long-term value of a security. Therefore, as with any other form of risk analysis, integrating ESG analysis into the investment process may help investors identify both opportunities and sources of material financial risks, which may alter their investment thesis about a given security. Companies or issuers with high degrees of ESG risk can potentially face higher costs associated with regulation, litigation, consumer preference, or investor behavior.