ERAFP further strengthens its voting policy and clearly sets out its shareholder engagement strategy for 2015
- 12 February 2015
Paris, 12 February 2015 – In line with the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), of which it is a signatory, the French public service additional pension scheme (ERAFP) has updated its shareholder engagement guidelines and its general meeting voting policy for 2015.
ERAFP further strengthens its voting policy
After being rolled out over the past three years, ERAFP has decided that its voting policy for 2015 will highlight a restricted number of priority issues for discussion with issuers in the upcoming round of general meetings:
Ensuring transparency concerning the business activities and financial situation of listed companies in each country where they operate
Sharing added value and applying responsible dividend policies
Ensuring that women are better represented in boards of directors, with at least 30% of board members to be women
Promoting the principles of transparency, fairness and moderation for executive pay
To ensure its effective implementation, ERAFP’s SRI team will be analysing the resolutions submitted at the general meetings of 40 major French companies and 20 major international companies that represent more than 40% of ERAFP’s share-based investments.
ERAFP clearly sets out its shareholder engagement strategy
At the same time, in terms of shareholder engagement, ERAFP has decided to focus on four key areas that it considers to be strategic for a long-term socially responsible investor:
Tackling climate change and promoting strategies to reduce corporate greenhouse gas emissions;
Fighting against aggressive tax optimisation practices and promoting corporate civic responsibility as regards taxation;
Ensuring consistency between companies’ sustainable development commitments and their lobbying practices;
Preventing employment-related risks within the supply chain.
These guidelines, which are implemented in accordance with the Scheme's fiduciary duty to its 4.5 million public servant beneficiaries, can be downloaded from the Socially Responsible Investment section of the RAFP website (www.rafp.fr).