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Paul Verney

Paul joined RI’s editorial team in 2017 and has developed a particular interest in shareholder engagement and ESG voting. His journalistic beat also includes developments in the banking sector around sustainability. Paul holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy from King’s College London.
As RI's stewardship survey enters its final week, here are some interesting findings from the initial responses.
Ethos Foundation spearheads appeal with French commercial court after oil major blocks CEO/chair separation vote.
French manager's head of stewardship hails Unilever’s policy engagement report, as consumer goods giant becomes first to meet investor expectations.
Rebellion against Woodside climate plan; LGIM living wage proposal survives ‘no action’.
UK pension pool and other climate proposal co-filers push back against oil major’s criticism.
empty chairs in a boardroom
US faith investor targets chief executive and lead director in SEC filing following US oil major’s ‘hostile treatment’ of shareholders.
dial with CO2 written on it is being turned all the way down
UN-convened net-zero asset owner group publishes fourth target setting protocol, covering private markets for the first time and including a pilot on sovereigns.
A recent paper highlights growing pessimism among investors of the ability of stewardship to tackle societal ESG risks.
Responsible Investor wants to hear from market participants on how stewardship – including perceptions of it – may be shifting.
US SIF, ICCR and Shareholder Rights Group challenge statements from Republican commissioners, while fund industry association ‘urges’ SEC to align anti-greenwashing regulation with watered-down climate disclosure rule.

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