As Europe’s largest asset manager, and a major shareholder in several companies via the funds and mandates it manages on behalf of its clients, Amundi believes that it is its responsibility to encourage and accelerate the transition of companies towards a more sustainable model. With this in mind, Amundi adopted a demanding approach to the analysis of Say on Climate resolutions in the 2022 season, a practice it had encouraged in 2021 by voting mainly in favour of these resolutions.
This year, Amundi asked the companies that have submitted a climate strategy at their General Meetings to present comprehensive targets (in terms of figures scope and baseline scenarios), a precise agenda (short, medium and long term objectives) as well as clear resources to achieve their climate goals (including a three- to five-year investment plan), before analysing each strategy in its entirety in order to assess its soundness and alignment with the Paris Agreement. This approach led to a differentiated and case-by-case exercise of our vote on the climate strategies submitted to the shareholders. Out of 36 Say on Climate resolutions tabled by companies this year, Amundi voted for less than 40%.
In particular, Amundi has a responsibility to encourage the transition of energy companies, in particular oil companies. Unlike coal, for which alternatives exist, oil is an essential energy source. Amundi is therefore convinced that the collective target of carbon neutrality will require not excluding energy companies, but rather supporting their transformation.
This is why Amundi is and will continue to be invested in the energy sector, while ensuring that its players implement a climate strategy that is in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Amundi will act on the levers of engagement through in-depth and regular dialogue with companies in this sector, as well as voting at General Meetings, which allows it to validate progress made or, on the contrary, to address unsatisfactory climate strategies.
As regards oil companies1, Amundi voted in favour of 40% of the industry’s Say on Climate resolutions.
All the reasons for a negative vote and Amundi’s expectations in terms of improving their strategy were communicated to the companies concerned.