At Stewart Investors, we believe in putting people first. Our investment world-view is of a series of partnerships – with each other, with our clients, with the companies we invest in, the people who buy their goods and services, and with the wider society in which we all live and work.
Australian Emerging Companies - Responsible Investment
Approach to Responsible Investment
Stewardship and ESG integration
Every business is deeply interconnected with environmental, social and governance concerns. ESG issues are no longer just a priority of governments and the public as investors and executives now realise that a strong ESG platform and robust practices to deal with these issues can protect a company’s long-term success. Conversely, poor ESG practices carry true costs and threats to a business.
We believe that increased ESG awareness and implemented practices do not need to increase costs of doing business, in fact, strong ESG practices can increase revenue, lower costs and increase company’s returns.
The team seeks to generate strong long-term performance within a framework of high ESG awareness. We invest in companies who have a strong or improving track record of ESG practices within their respective sectors. Our ESG analysis for each of the companies under research/we invest in underscores our understanding of the financial and reputational impact ESG has on businesses.
Through our board and management engagement with companies, we gain a deep understanding of their ESG practices and potential risks involved and, at the same time, give an opportunity to help in creating better investments for our clients.
Climate Change & investing
Climate change (global warming) and CO2 emission is at the forefront of our thinking and dialogue with our investments’ management and boards.
The current state of national and global political and public pressure means that future (energy) resources are being produced and utilised in an environmentally responsible manner.
From all our investment exposures, we expect annual improvements towards a timely lower and acceptable carbon print, recognising that some industries will intrinsically have a heavier impact than other industries.
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