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Briefing31 January 2024
The health of workers has a significant impact on the overall economy, and work has a significant effect on people’s health. There are significant human and financial costs associated with the poor health of UK workers. In 2022, £127.9 billion was lost due to workers being less productive, off sick or quitting all together. British businesses lost an average of 51 days per employee. The scale of this problem certainly requires systemic policy and regulatory changes, but employers have a critical role to play. Companies that prioritise the health of their workers are more likely to thrive and achieve long-term success. Evidence shows that implementing good practices for employee health can help companies reduce costs and financial risks – and increase their competitive advantage – by fostering a healthier, more productive and innovative workforce. Investors need to recognise the financial, reputational, and regulatory risks and opportunities worker health can have on the companies they invest in. This pathbreaking new guide for investors and companies offers practical steps they can take to start protecting people and the economy.
Briefing15 January 2024
A pathbreaking guide for companies and investors to start tackling the air quality crisis.
Report11 January 2024
Voting Matters 2023: Are asset managers using their proxy votes for action on environmental and social issues?
Are asset managers using their proxy votes for action on environmental and social issues?
Statement18 December 2023
ShareAction Letter Responding to the Financial Conduct Authority's consultation paper on diversity & inclusion
Major UK investors, co-ordinated by ShareAction, have written to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) urging the regulator to act on racial equality by introducing mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting for financial institutions.
Report06 December 2023
ShareAction is introducing the concept of a standard escalation framework to facilitate the application of escalation tools with companies through corporate debt and listed equity.
Report22 November 2023
Europe’s largest 20 banks' are leaving themselves open to allegations of greenwashing, due to a widespread lack of transparency on green finance policies.
Report06 October 2023
The world’s largest pesticide companies must address their role in biodiversity loss and start to transition their business models away from hazardous pesticides.
Briefing21 July 2023
EMS-Chemie Holding AG - why investors should vote against re-electing the chair of the board of directors
ShareAction is calling for investors to vote against the reelection of Mr Bernhard Merki, chair of the board of EMS-Chemie Holding AG (EMSN, SWX), at the company’s AGM on 12 August 2023. This briefing sets out why Mr Merki is failing to perform his duties, and why it is in investors’ interests to vote to remove him.
Briefing10 July 2023
As the source of 6.1 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, the chemical sector is a major driver of the deepening climate crisis. Chemical companies bear a responsibility to reduce their impact on the climate, and this is the critical decade to do so. Companies are increasingly looking to biomass—biological material derived from living or recently living organisms, usually plant matter—as an ostensibly low-carbon alternative to fossil fuel feedstocks in primary chemical production. Yet biomass is not automatically low-carbon, and it also faces other major sustainability challenges related to its intensive use of land resources and its impacts on biodiversity. In this briefing, we outline the risks of turning to biomass as an alternative feedstock, and set out how companies can minimise their exposure to these risks.
Briefing10 July 2023
To ensure that finance is driving action to tackle social and environmental challenges at the scale and pace we urgently need, ShareAction is urging the investment community to align with its ambitious new definition of responsible investment. We believe that “Responsible investment is a transparent approach, embedded throughout the investment process, that takes the negative and positive impacts on people and planet as seriously as financial risk and return.” ShareAction is supporting the investment community to meet this ambition by releasing a series of guidance papers that will set out Responsible Investment Standards & Expectations (RISE) for asset managers across specific topics. This guidance, grounded in detailed research, recommends actions that asset managers can – and should – take in today’s investment environment in pursuit of being a truly responsible investor. Paper 1 focuses on how asset managers can set interim net zero targets.