Nikko AM Australian Equities has a long history of engaging with companies held in portfolios, with the objectives being to improve company value, further the understanding of the company and its environment, to improve the management of ESG issues and improve disclosure of ESG issues. Analysts and portfolio managers regularly meet with senior management and members of the Board.
For all companies held in portfolios, analysts are required to attempt to engage with both senior management and the Board. Analysts are responsible for company engagement as they have expert knowledge of the company and are best positioned to promote the interests of shareholders and investors. The analysts can utilise their knowledge to influence companies to improve performance including improving the company’s performance on ESG issues.