Voting policy and 2021 engagement

Paris, Thursday 18 February 2021

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Climate and social issues at the heart of  Amundi’s engagement and voting policy

Today, Amundi presents the results of its 2020 voting and engagement policy and outlines the actions that will be carried out in 2021.

During the 2020 campaign, we took part in nearly 4,250 general meetings of European and international companies – a 19% increase from 2019 – and focused our ongoing dialogue with companies and our voting policy on two major issues: the fight against climate change and social inequalities.

Amundi increased its support for shareholder resolutions calling for greater transparency and information on companies’ ESG and climate strategy, notably by voting for 86% of resolutions calling for a better integration of climate objectives. At the same time, the Group engaged in discussions on energy transition and climate change with 472 companies, and on the protection of ecosystems with 378 companies.

Amundi supported 88% of shareholder resolutions relating to executive compensation and 76% of shareholder resolutions that support human, health and social rights. We also voted against executive compensation plans that did not contain ESG indicators, resulting in 31% of negative votes on this issue. We were also particularly vigilant with regard to the amount of dividends paid out, particularly for companies having benefited from state aid. In parallel, we engaged in dialogue with 447 companies on the direct and indirect protection of employees and on human rights.

In 2021, in the run-up to the Glasgow Conference on Climate Change, Amundi’s two priority themes will continue to be energy transition and social cohesion.

Consequently, in addition to the necessary measurement of the carbon dioxide emissions trajectories of the companies in which we invest, Amundi will support resolutions calling for greater transparency on emissions reduction strategies, combined with specific targets. Similarly, we would like an increasing number of companies to make commitments to reduce their emissions in line with scientific objectives: the adoption of targets as part of the Science Based Target” initiative (SBTi) will therefore be one of our main themes of engagement in 2021.

With regard to executive compensation, Amundi will ensure that it is in line with the company’s performance, at an acceptable level in relation to market benchmarks, and that it fully integrates specific ESG objectives, including annual variable compensation. With regard to dividends, Amundi will pay particular attention to ensuring that the distribution policy does not undermine the company’s long-term investment capacity, weaken its financial strength or lead to a distribution of value-added that is unfavourable to employees.

On 18th February 2021, Yves Perrier, Amundi's CEO, sent a letter to 500 CEOs and chairpersons of internationally listed companies, outlining these two priority issues that will guide Amundi’s voting policy in 2021.


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