"We now have approximately EUR 215.9 billion assets under engagement and EUR 47.6 assets under voting”. Carola van Lamoen, Head of Governance & Active Ownership.
Palm oil is used in many products including food and cosmetics. It is faced with several environmental and social issues that have become a reputational risk. We are engaging with companies in this industry to improve their performance on issues such as human rights, deforestation and labor standards.
After the Macondo oil spill in 2010, we started engaging with ten companies in the deepwater drilling industry. Objective was to gain insight into the risks and investment opportunities, and encourage best practices. We were impressed with the improvements and the sense of urgency we observed.
A sound corporate risk oversight is relevant for the investment process in various ways. As risk taking can lead to both profits and losses, it’s important for investors to gain insight in the specific risks that are relevant for companies and the type of policies they use to mitigate those risks. The board of directors is responsible for determining the company’s risk appetite and overseeing that management has taken adequate risk management policies and procedures.