The first priority of engagement stems from our own policies. These policies are developed by an advisory group - the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG). The EIAG's membership ranges from a senior Bishop, to leading theologians, to the Chief Executives of the Church of England's National Investing Bodies (including the Pensions Board and Church Commissioners), to other expertise.
A number of the policies that are developed require engagement as a key aspect of implementation. For example, the responsible alcohol policy, climate change policy, corporate tax policy etc. Trustee bodies will consider the prioritisation of engagement and the focus given to each area. We also use our voting template to address a number of the engagement objectives.
Where we can effectively collaborate, either as a Church Investor, or with other non-church funds we seek to do so in line with our priorities. We continue to play a leading role in the Church Investors Group and actively contribute to the prioritisation of issues that are engaged upon each year. This includes issues ranging from modern day slavery, water resilience, tax transparency and climate change.
Finally, we undertake intensive engagement as issues become apparent during the year such as concerns relating to the way a particular company may be acting or the response to a particular incident.