Critical Engagement

Critical engagement and dialogue occur when investors raise concerns or make proposals about company policy or practice directly to the company’s directors.

Commonly this takes place through correspondence, face-to-face meetings and shareholders’ attendance at company AGMs. AGMs provide the opportunity to ask questions, to vote on resolutions and, on occasion, to bring a shareholders’ resolution to the attention of the meeting. This last option is unusual in the UK, although much more common in the USA and Canada.

Some of the larger UK church investors, such the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group and the Methodist Church’s Central Finance Board, report publicly on their dialogue with companies.