Active ownership as a catalyst for excess returns

Too many investment firms leave their active ownership duties to a team of ESG analysts instead of investment professionals. Engagement should be investor-led, according to one of the world's largest asset managers that recently held a seminar in Copenhagen about its use of active ownership.
From left: Bonnie Saynay head of Responsible investment at Invesco, Oğuzhan Karakaş senior lecture in finance at Cambridge and Maria Lombardo, head of responsible investment EMEA at Invesco. | Photo: Søren Top
From left: Bonnie Saynay head of Responsible investment at Invesco, Oğuzhan Karakaş senior lecture in finance at Cambridge and Maria Lombardo, head of responsible investment EMEA at Invesco. | Photo: Søren Top

US-based asset manager Invesco recently held a seminar about its use of active ownership at Hotel d'Angleterre, at the very heart of Copenhagen.

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