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29 May 2020

Principles for Responsible Investment

Principles for Responsible Investment publishes guidance investor questions on COVID-19 for AGM season 2020

AGM Season 2020: Investor questions on COVID-19, 21 May 2020

This guidance (co-developed by the [Principles for Responsible Investment] (PRI), Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, California State Teachers’ Retirement System and APG) provides investors with ESG-related questions to ask investee companies’ – at annual general meetings (AGMs) and in follow-up engagements – about their responses to COVID-19.

The guidance supports institutional investors to further their stewardship activities and to build a collective response to the crisis. The global investor community can use it to set expectations for portfolio companies and work towards a sustainable economy…

Key themes

  1. Business continuity - for employers, suppliers and communities
  2. Employee health and wellbeing - to ensure an engaged workforce
  3. Alignment with long-term value creation

Part of the following timelines

Investors call on companies to support workers & markets during COVID-19

COVID-19: Govts. & financiers increasingly urge companies to use (emergency) funds to support stakeholders not shareholders