In its fourth annual Impact Report, published today, ClearBridge Investments details how a partnership approach to engaging with public equities enabled constructive conversations with companies on topics such as climate change and diversity in a challenging year.
"Few were prepared for what 2020 had in store and the overnight change to business operations," said Mary Jane McQuillen, Portfolio Manager and Head of ESG at ClearBridge. "Yet stay-at-home orders did not reduce our contact with portfolio companies in 2020 — in fact, we increased our engagements and ClearBridge’s partnership approach to active ownership proved tremendously valuable in the peak of the crisis."
The 2021 Impact Report details the firm's engagements and related insights on carbon emissions, diversity and inclusion, sustainable infrastructure, new fuel cell technology and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, among other pressing ESG issues.