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Social issues take back seat to environmental concerns; Harder look demanded for human trafficking, gender, pay inequalities

Dec 09, 2019 - Pensions & Investments

Institutional investors aren't paying enough attention to whether portfolio companies are actively working to protect human rights, focusing their engagement efforts this year on reducing carbon emissions, industry sources said.

Acute social issues such as human trafficking as well as gender and income inequality have played second fiddle to environmental and governance issues during annual meetings this year, they added.

More aggressive engagement efforts are needed from investors b...