Introduction to Stewardship

Introduction to Stewardship

Arun Kelshiker

20 years: Asset management and stewardship

In the first video of this two-part video series, Arun defines what stewardship is and then looks at the different approaches to stewardship, such as stewardship through engagement, stewardship through voting, and stewardship through escalation.

In the first video of this two-part video series, Arun defines what stewardship is and then looks at the different approaches to stewardship, such as stewardship through engagement, stewardship through voting, and stewardship through escalation.

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Introduction to Stewardship

11 mins 6 secs

Overview

In 2018, Larry Fink, chairman of Blackrock wrote a letter to all the CEOs of companies Blackrock invests in stating that “society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose. To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society.” This is where stewardship comes in. Given the magnitude of the societal challenges that we are facing, together with the scale of investment needed to action solutions, stakeholders have raised the bar on how all aspects of our outcomes and behaviours need to change. Investors are exercising their influence, actioning stewardship and championing their expectations with respect to corporate behaviours.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand investment stewardship

  • Identify the different methods of actioning stewardship

  • Assess why investment stewardship is so important in for tackling societal and environmental issues

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Arun Kelshiker

Arun Kelshiker

Arun Kelshiker was formerly the Head of Asset Allocation and Portfolio Strategy at Standard Chartered Bank and part of the bank's Global Investment Committee, where he provided investment advisory and multi-asset portfolio solutions. He is also a university lecturer at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management on ESG risk management. His focus is now with Cambridge Sustainable Investment Partners, which draws its expertise from the Resilience and Sustainable Development Centre at Cambridge University.

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