We believe that shareholder engagement is among the most effective mechanisms through which investors can affect lasting, positive change within the capital markets. Clients can pursue shareholder activism through a variety of channels. At a minimum, all shareholders can vote their proxies either directly or by relying on third-party managers to vote on their behalf. Our clients who wish to publicly support specific environmental, social, and corporate governance causes will often co-file shareholder resolutions alongside a responsible investment manager or other shareholder advocacy organizations. Over the decade, we have supported clients in their efforts to engage companies on critical issues, such as climate and natural resources, carbon disclosure, public health, minimum wage, diverse leadership, human rights, and governance.
For example, Tiedemann supports and collaborates with As You Sow, a leading shareholder advocacy group focused on energy, waste, environmental health, and human rights. As You Sow drives shareholder engagement by building coalitions with investment community allies — socially responsible investors, foundations, pension funds, labor groups, and faith-based investors alike. Leveraging these coalitions, As You Sow seeks to educate companies on the financial risks of adverse social or environment practices. If dialogue is insufficient, As You Sow files shareholder resolutions, educates major investors and proxy analysts, and generates press through media strategies.