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Positive change through engagement and voting

We are active investors and active owners. To drive the sustainability performance of a company, we prefer inclusion over exclusion. 


Engagement and voting are crucial to encourage positive change at the companies we invest in and achieve real world change. In 2022 we undertook:

  • 106

    Engagements for change
    - tangible objectives
    - measured outcomes
  • 87

    Engagements for awareness
    - increase awareness about certain issues
  • 196

    Collaborative engagements
    - we team up with other investors to increase pressure on companies
How can firms be persuaded to minimize their carbon footprint and set clear sustainability targets and report on them? Or make remuneration more linked with sustainability goals and treat their employees in accordance with international standards? Engagement is a key element in our sustainability efforts. 


We measure the outcomes and results of our engagement with milestones, in a four-stage process. In 2022 we achieved 73 engagement milestones across 106 engagements for change.

  • 35

    Milestones on environmental issues
  • 34

    Milestones on governance issues
  • 4

    Milestones on social issues


Voting at shareholder meetings of investee companies is an important tool in our stewardship and active ownership as well. Shareholder resolutions can put pressure on companies, for example to improve or define net zero targets.

  • 427

    Number of meetings voted
  • 325

    Number of meetings with at least 1 vote against, withhold or abstain
  • 942

    Number of votes against management: this amounts to 15% of total votes cast
We typically vote against management when we have concerns about board nominees due to their age, tenure, diversity or if we have concerns  about the executive remuneration. Our criteria can be found in our full voting policy.

Our voting records are published in full here. 

Engagement factsheets

Environmental: CEZOmega HealthcarePrologisAtrium Ljungburg

Social: CoatsAlphabetVinci DGFR

Governance: Fagron
Read more engagement factsheets
Back to our Sustainability approach

Capital at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and are not guaranteed. Investors may not get back the amount originally invested. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

There’s a saying in Dutch, Kom verder, it means many things and it’s our business philosophy. It captures the way we work with clients but also the way we steer our investee companies to deliver shareholder value through active engagement.

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