Climate Week NYC: Shareholder Engagement Shaping Corporate Sustainability in the Real Economy [Video]


2021 has been a landmark year for shareholder engagement on climate, sustainability and human rights. Record high majority votes, increasing numbers of 30%+ non-majority votes and new commitments from companies show that collaborative investor stewardship initiatives are driving impressive, sometimes surprising results. Join Ceres and CalPERS for a discussion on leading and innovative practices for corporate engagement.

In this session, participants will:

  • Review how leading pension funds are driving impactful company engagements with their stewardship policies and proxy voting guidelines
  • Identify tools and benchmarks for investors to assess company progress on Climate Action 100+, Responsible Policy Engagement, deforestation, biodiversity, and governance as well as resources on sectoral pathways for the energy transition
  • Examine how new investor net zero commitments are already driving company decarbonization in the real economy
  • Identify new mechanisms for holding companies accountable for delivering on shareholder requests


  • Moderator: Rev. Kirsten Snow-Spalding, Senior Program Director, Investor Network, Ceres
  • Jake Barnett, Director, Sustainable Investment Services, Wespath Institutional Investments
  • Anne Simpson, Managing Investment Director, Board Governance & Sustainability, CalPERS

In addition to being an official Climate Week NYC event, this is also a free side event for the Council of Institutional Investors Fall Virtual Conference – Hosted by California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and Ceres.

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