When evaluating engagements we consider whether the company has changed the behaviour in question or whether it provided sufficient information to reassure us that the issue is being adequately managed. We also consider whether the process has added to our understanding of the industry, companies or issues in question.
When agreeing to participate in a collaborative engagement the relevant investment team undertakes to follow up with the company in individual meetings and to monitor progress. We have been concerned that letter writing campaigns without individual investor follow-up may ultimately undermine the effectiveness of collaborative engagements.
We are currently developing a framework for identifying and prioritising collaborative engagements in Australia.