November 27, 2019

IR Magazine – ESG and Pay Are Top Concerns Among Engaged Investors

By Mike Schnitzel

Engaged investors’ top concerns revolve around ESG issues and executive compensation. Seven Lessons from Engaged Investors, published recently by Farient Advisors and the Global Governance and Executive Compensation Group, finds deep investor concerns on topics such as how their companies’ activities are affecting the world around them, gender diversity and pay equality.

“In general, investors are very concerned about climate change and human capital management,’ says Marc Hodak, partner at Farient. ‘Various issues such as pay and gender equality and how workers are treated in other parts of the world are also concerns.”

Hodak says directors are beginning to develop fatigue related to ESG issues, as suggested by a recent PwC study, but it’s something they’ll have to overcome because investors are not letting go of these concerns.

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