ESG engagement policy is consistent with Baillie Gifford’s overall aims, which are to provide good long term performance to our clients, and place principal importance on our clients’ interests. When considering ESG issues, our main objective has always been to add value for our clients by engaging with company management and developing an understanding of the impact a company’s approach to ESG issues can have on investment returns. Where appropriate, we discuss with company management their record on those areas most closely related to shareholder value such as sustainability, environmental impact, board structure and executive remuneration. Engagement is an integral part of the investment process. Through our ESG engagement process, we aim to ensure the companies we invest in are well managed and are taking all material risks and opportunities into consideration. We believe this improves the returns for our clients.
We believe engaging with the companies we invest in is critical to our full understanding of the businesses, their management and operations. We take our stewardship responsibilities seriously.