David Sheasby appointed to the PRI ESG Engagements Advisory Committee

David Sheasby, Head of Governance & Sustainability at Martin Currie, has been appointed to the PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment) ESG Engagements Advisory Committee.

19 April 2017

Martin Currie’s extensive experience in engagement with investee companies, as well as the considerable work David has done in this area, prompted the PRI’s appointment. David commented:

This is a great endorsement and reflection of the significant importance that Martin Currie has placed on active ownership and engagement over the years. We have worked increasingly closely with the PRI for some time and I am delighted to be joining its ESG Engagements Advisory Committee.

David Sheasby


Head of Governance and Sustainability

The committee’s objectives are to provide direction and leadership on the PRI’s collaborative engagements agenda, and to set priorities for present and future engagement initiatives. As stewards of our clients’ capital, we believe in integrating governance and sustainability analysis into our investment process. Active ownership and engagement are a core part of this, and we have been a signatory to the PRI since 2009. In that time, Martin Currie has participated in, and led, many collaborative engagements. In 2016 alone, we participated in 17 collaborative engagement initiatives and 187 private collaborations. Martin Currie’s engagements this year include areas such as cybersecurity, water risk and antibiotic use in the food sector.

Water risks
Water risks
Antibiotic use
Employee relations
Employee relations

Importantly, our approach to governance and sustainability is owned by the people who know the companies best – the analysts and portfolio managers. And oversight is provided by David who has 30 years’ experience as a global portfolio manager. An A+ rating awarded by the PRI* and a Tier 1 ranking by the FRC**, highlight the quality of this approach.

*Highest possible (A+) rating awarded by the PRI for our overall approach to responsible investment for 2016 calendar year. A copy of the PRI’s assessment of Martin Currie and methodology is available on request. **Categorised as Tier 1 signatory to UK Stewardship Code for 2016 calendar year. 

For more information and case studies, please see our Stewardship Annual Report 2017

Stewardship Annual Report 2017

The 2017 Stewardship Annual Report highlights our approach, activity and outcomes in 2016.

Download Stewardship annual report 2017

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