Enhancing Investor Engagement

The A4S CFO Network focusses on delivering tangible outcomes and undertakes a number of projects each year to develop practical guidance on specific areas of financial decision making, or risk management. The projects are selected by the CFOs and each can choose for their organization to take part in one, or all, projects by nominating a suitable representative to join the relevant team. 

As part of the Enhancing Investor Engagement project the team produced a guide for finance teams as part of the A4S Essential guide series.

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Aims

The aim of the project is to identify a set of specific actions that companies can take to increase investor awareness of, and interest in, the benefits of embedding environmental and social factors into corporate business models. 

Background

There is currently significant diversity in the extent to which companies discuss the relevance of actions relating to sustainability on business outcomes and value with their investors and how this is presented.

Although investor engagement around sustainability issues is rising, many note that companies struggle to articulate the value of sustainability to the business. On the flip side, many companies note that their investors are not interested in sustainability-related issues and cite this lack of interest as a barrier to move towards more sustainable business models. 

This project will explore the extent to which Network members have already sought to engage their investor base and what steps can be taken to improve the dialogue.

Outputs

Practical guidance was developed with a range of tools, case studies and tips for finance professionals.

Download the Enhancing Investor Engagement guide >

Project members

Projects members are essential to the running of all A4S projects, and represent CFOs from the A4S CFO Leadership Network.

The members for this project are:

  • Marion Cazenave, Investors' Relations Officer , Danone
  • Sophie Clarke, Investor Relations Manager , Sainsburys
  • Duncan Cooper, Head of Investor Relations , Sainsburys
  • Charlotte Cowley, Director of Investor Relations , Burberry
  • Helen Cox,  Marks and Spencer
  • Sarah Heald, Head of Investor Relations, Pennon (South West Water)
  • Kellie Herman, Investor Relations Manager, Sainsburys
  • Dave Huizing, VP of Investor Relations, DSM
  • Marleen Janssen Groesbeek, Manager Sustainability Reporting, DSM
  • Jo Le NeveFoster , Sainsburys
  • Ansgar Luetke-Schelhowe, , Unilever
  • Laura Palmeiro, CSR Director, Danone
  • Majda Rainer, Head of Investor Relations, Marks and Spencer