Responsible investment policy

We believe it is in the best interests of our clients for the companies in which we invest to adopt best practice in ESG. This provides a framework in which each company can be managed for the long-term interests of its shareholders.

Mindful of our responsibilities to our clients, we seek to be good, long-term stewards of the investments which we manage on their behalf. Our major responsibility in this regard is to ensure that company boards are functioning well in their role as independent scrutinisers of management. We have developed a robust approach to proxy voting as a fundamental expression of our stewardship responsibilities.

However, stewardship is not limited to this activity. Engagement with companies on ESG issues is an important adjunct to voting activities.

Our core stewardship principles

We have developed a core set of guiding principles which apply to our stewardship and ESG-related activities: 

  1. Materiality
    Principle: We recognise that ESG risks can be material to the performance and valuation of investments.
  2. Active voting
    Principle: We actively consider votes for client holdings.
  3. Engagement
    Principle: Active engagement with companies on ESG issues is an important adjunct to voting activities.
  4. Reporting
    Principle: We will report annually on the progress of responsible investment activities.

Our full Responsible investing policy can be viewed here.

We appreciate the need to be transparent about our stewardship activities on behalf of our clients. We report annually on our stewardship and engagement activities.

For any questions regarding stewardship at Rathbones, please email us