Our fund managers believe that the long-term success of companies is supported by effective investor stewardship and high standards of corporate governance.
We believe that if a company is run well, it is more likely to be successful in the long run. Regular meetings with company directors allow us to identify whether a company’s strategy is aligned with our interests as long-term shareholders. Social and environmental issues can also have an important impact on a company’s performance and successful development. We therefore look at how companies address these issues when we analyse them. Aspect Financials’ Finance and Stewardship team are advocates of responsible share ownership and oversee our stewardship of the companies we invest in. Active voting is an integral part of our investment approach which is why we believe exercising our votes adds value and protects our interests as shareholders.
Aspect Financials’ investment teams incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into their decision-making and active ownership practices. This approach is strongly aligned with Aspects’ long-standing principles as an active, fundamentals-focused investor. We therefore seek to apply these principles consistently across our global equities investments. Aspect Financials’ Equities has recently signed up to the services of two leading providers of ESG-focused information and analysis in order to support our investment teams with further company-specific and industry-focused analyses.