Ethos and six Swiss pension funds are launching an engagement programme with companies listed abroad, the Ethos Engagement Pool International (EEP International). Following the success of the dialogue programme with companies listed in Switzerland, the aim is to extend the dialogue activities to the international level. Through collective engagement, the members of the group seek to raise awareness of companies with regard to corporate governance, as well as environmental and social responsibility best practice.
Ethos publishes an Engagement Paper addressed at listed companies which summarizes investor expectations regarding climate change risk management. Despite the urgency of the issue, currently less than half of the companies listed on SIX Swiss Exchange publish their greenhouse gas emissions.
The Ethos Engagement Pool (EEP), launched in 2004 by Ethos and two pension funds, today consists of 125 institutional investors with AUM of 17 billion CHF in Swiss equities. United around Ethos, these institutional investors are convinced that engaging with companies is an efficient means for sensitizing them to best practice in corporate governance and sustainability.
Ethos welcomes the 150th member of the Foundation and the 100th member of the engagement program with Swiss companies
Ethos Foundation has the pleasure to announce its 150th member. The engagement program “Ethos Engagement Pool” for its part welcomes its 100th member. These two milestones are signs of the great confidence and growing interest that Swiss pension funds have for socially responsible investment and the systematic voting of shares in investee companies.
Ethos is among 123 global investors that have published a joint declaration on 16 May 2013 deploring the loss of 1'300 lives in several accidents in garment factories in Bangladesh.
The Ethos Foundation joined a group of investors committed to monitor operations of Internet businesses in repressive regime countries.
In 2003, the ethos Investment Foundation joined a group of investors in a declaration to encourage companies in the oil and mining sectors to ensure greater transparency regarding revenues paid to governments for the mining of mineral resources (see news of 23 July 2003). This declaration followed the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) of Tony Blair’s government and which was discussed during the G8 in Evian in the Summer of 2003.
A vast number of investors have engaged for 10 years and more with pharmaceutical companies on the problem of access to medication in emerging markets.