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Nuveen’s 2022 Proxy Preview Cites ESG Accountability and Impact as Key Areas of Market Focus

Nuveen, the asset manager of TIAA, today released their 2022 Proxy Season Preview, which highlights the key market themes that will drive this year’s investor agenda. With a significant increase in ESG transparency over the last few years, the preview predicts investor engagements, shareholder proposals and proxy votes will be used to drive greater accountability and impact, reflecting enhanced expectations on climate-related issues in particular.

“In the maturing ESG landscape, investors increasingly recognize that reporting does not automatically generate impact, which in turn, is resulting in a greater focus on accountability as the bridge,” said Amy O’Brien, Global Head of Responsible Investing at Nuveen. “We expect this proxy season to place greater emphasis on corporate strategies and ultimate environmental and social objectives.”

Specifically, Nuveen’s proxy preview expects heightened attention to the following:

“Stewardship has become an essential tool in the responsible investing toolkit ─ a way for shareholders to push for real change,” said Peter Reali, Global Head of Stewardship at Nuveen. “This proxy season will demonstrate a continued evolution in the depth and scope of those efforts as investors grapple with evaluating companies’ near-term practices against environmental and social impacts that may take years to materialize.”

Nuveen’s 2022 Proxy Season Preview can be viewed here. To learn more about Nuveen’s work in responsible investing, please visit: nuveen.com/global/insights/responsible-investing.

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