As an investor focused on the transition to a more sustainable global economy, Impax devotes great energy and resources to its relationships with investee companies, industry organisations and policymakers. Stewardship and advocacy are among the most effective levers that we can pull to influence change and help address the systemic risks facing our investee companies and the wider economy.

2022 was another busy and encouraging year for our Sustainability & Stewardship and Policy & Advocacy teams. This report provides a snapshot of this activity, from proxy voting to taking a leadership role across a broad range of industry groups and initiatives.

The two teams collaborate increasingly closely in pursuit of joint priorities in common areas of focus. We have therefore structured this report according to the four overarching pillars of our stewardship and advocacy activities: climate, nature, people and governance. For each pillar, we demonstrate our stewardship activities by showcasing engagement dialogues with investee companies, proxy voting activities and shareholder proposals, and highlight achievements and contributions to a range of policy initiatives.

  • Climate: Climate-related risks and opportunities are likely to be significant drivers of investment performance across the global economy for decades to come. These risks are systemic for all companies, so both transition and physical climate risks are important topics of our stewardship and advocacy activities. In 2022, this included a focus on our Net Zero Asset Managers initiative (NZAM) targets and shaping climate transition planning, through our work with the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ).
  • Nature: Impax has long paid attention to nature and the risks associated with biodiversity loss, deforestation and the degradation of ecosystems. Yet there remains limited information about how companies are addressing these risks. In the last year, we worked with academic and industry partners on nature-related research and initiatives on deforestation, nature-based solutions and reporting.
  • People: We engage with investee companies on diversity, associated processes and disclosures, talent recruitment and retention, and health and wellness policies. In 2022, our engagements included the areas of labour constraints and health and wellness processes in companies, and we also advocated for improved gender diversity in Japan.
  • Governance: We believe effective corporate governance provides a strong foundation for all companies. It provides corporate oversight, accountability and transparency. In 2022, we enhanced our resources in Asia, a focus region for our governance stewardship and we continued our collaboration with the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA).

Addressing the environmental and social challenges facing global society undoubtedly commands a growing sense of urgency among investors. Progress must accelerate and scale up if we are to mitigate the rising threats to ecological, social and financial stability. We continue to address these challenges by taking action to reduce systemic risks through our stewardship and advocacy work, which we are pleased to report on here.

Chris Dodwell

Global Head of Policy & Advocacy, Co-Head Sustainability Centre

Chris co-heads the Impax Sustainability Centre and is the Global Head of Policy & Advocacy at Impax Asset Management, a specialist investor focused on opportunities arising from the transition to a sustainable economy.

The Policy & Advocacy team is responsible for advising Impax’s investment teams on the impacts of public policy and leads the firm’s work to support the development of new policies to accelerate a net-zero, nature-positive transition.

Chris joined Impax in 2019.  Prior to joining Impax, Chris worked on climate policy for the UK Government for more than a decade, where he led the UK implementation of the European carbon trading system and the UK delegation to the international climate negotiations. Later, as Director of Climate Change at Ricardo Energy and Environment, Chris supported more than 15 countries in developing and implementing their national climate pledges under the Paris Agreement. 

Chris is an active member of the policy committees and advisory councils of industry associations including UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) and the Investment Association.  He is co-chair of the Transition Plan Taskforce’s asset manager working group and a Climate Change Commission for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Chris has a BA Hons in Classics from the University of Cambridge and an LLM in Environmental Law from University College London.

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Lisa Beauvilain

Global Head of Sustainability & Stewardship, Co-Head Sustainability Centre

Lisa co-heads the Impax Sustainability Centre. As the Global Head of Sustainability & Stewardship she is responsible for sustainability and stewardship in Impax’s investments and for the sustainability insights in the firm’s Beyond Financial Returns activities, such as product development and reporting. She co-chairs Impax’s Sustainability Lens committee and is a member of Impax’s Senior Leadership Team.

Lisa joined Impax in 2010. She started working in the financial industry in 1999 and previously worked as an executive director in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs in London.

She is actively participating in industry working groups and advisory councils furthering sustainable practices in industry organisations such as the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) and the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN). She is a member of the Nominations Board of Kemira Oyj, Finland and a former Trustee of the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED).

Lisa has an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and an MSc in Finance from the Hanken School of Economics, Finland.

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