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May 15, 2024

ESG-skeptic proxy voting at ISS and investor-targeting strategies – IR Voice

In this episode of IR Voice – formerly The Ticker podcast – we talk about investor-targeting strategies and a new set of proxy voting guidelines adopted by ISS.

First, IR Magazine senior reporter Tim Human speaks to Elena Arabadjieva, COO and head of IR at the Singapore-headquartered real estate investment trust Cromwell European REIT.

Arabadjieva explains how her company – a Singapore-listed REIT that holds all of its assets in Europe – crafts its investor-targeting strategy, how the use of new technology is supporting the firm’s targeting efforts and how much support it receives from the sell side around targeting activities.

Later in the episode, deputy editor Garnet Roach talks with Jerry Bowyer, president of Bowyer Research, which recently unveiled new proxy voting guidelines tailored for investors seeking to counteract the influence of ESG ideology promoted by political activists through proxy voting. These guidelines, now accessible through ISS, underscore the primacy of shareholder interests.

All the organizations mentioned in the podcast segment dedicated to Bowyer Research’s new set of proxy guidelines were approached by IR Magazine for comment.

In this episode you will hear:

  • How to craft an investor-targeting strategy that works
  • How investor targeting has changed post-pandemic
  • The thinking behind the newly released proxy voting guidelines.

IR Voice provides listeners with insights into cutting-edge issues of the day for IR professionals. The series features interviews with IR experts bringing a global perspective, actionable insights and commentary on trending topics. These include sustainability, activism, corporate access, regulation and more.

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