The Responsible Investing Office (RIO) now serves as a hub for directing and coordinating the firm's ESG activities and communications. Its first priority has been ESG integration within the investment process for which its Director of Responsible Investing serves as the lead. As clients and prospective clients have become increasingly aware of Federated Hermes' responsible investing initiatives, RIO has worked closely with the firm's communications, product management, corporate training and development, RFP, and sales and distribution departments to communicate about ESG integration initiatives and progress within the firm. RIO is supporting the development of educational and marketing materials on the topic of ESG integration which are used both internally for training and education as well as externally for financial advisers and investors.
Rio has also worked closely with our sales and distribution teams on the role of engagement in the ESG integration process and specifically the unique approach taken by EOS in engaging clients in meaningful, long-term, objective-focused E, S, and G goals. At the firm's recent global sales conference, EOS was a major focus with presentations and breakout sessions focused on engagement and how EOS intersects with investment teams, fundamental research and active ownership.