European Assets Trust

Sustainability & ESG

While financial returns matter, so too does the impact our investments have on society and the environment. We work closely with CT’s Responsible Investment team to systematically integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into European Assets Trust’s investment process, with a view to reducing risk and improving returns over the long term – both in financial and sustainability terms.

European Assets Trust – ESG engagement in Practice

During 2021, CTs Responsible Investment team engaged 52 times on 28 companies held in the portfolio across 10 countries. The team had 15 engagements with management. The most common topics for discussion were Labour Standards, corporate governance and environmental stewardship.

We also exercise its right to vote as another way to influence positive change. Voting against management on key resolutions sends a clear signal to companies on the importance of improving their business practices. CT regularly engages companies before and after voting to explain their expectations and invite comment, and to explain its reasons for any votes against management. With respect to European Assets Trust’s investments, in the year to 31 December 2021, CT voted at 40 meetings of investee companies held in the portfolio. Public details of all CT’s voting activity, including rationale for votes against management, become available on the website the day after each shareholder meeting here.

Learn more about the Trust’s approach in our latest report and accounts here.

*As at 31 December 2021

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