We track company meetings in our global company calendar. This includes the majority of our company engagements held at our offices. It does not track the specific meeting agenda or items discussed, such as ESG topics.
In 2013, we introduced an engagement database to capture specific ESG-related engagements and ESG integration examples. Given the volume of our analysts’ interactions with companies, and the wide variety and materiality of ESG issues they discuss, we do not capture every single discussion. Instead, we focus on the most significant engagements. In 2017, we tracked 117 meetings.
In addition, in fourth quarter in 2014, our RI team started tracking proxy related engagements. For 2016, this totalled 66 issuers during the year and 56 in 2017. Please note this does not include engagements from the investment teams which focussed solely on ESG issues.