Report launch: Dialogue strategies need collaborative action, diversity and quality

A lively and active engagement culture has not yet really established itself in this country. This is a central conclusion from the results of a CRIC project that looked at various aspects of sustainable investment strategies that tie in by dialogues or shareholder rights. Among other things, the following findings were obtained from own research and expert interviews:

  • Political and regulatory measures under discussion focus, in addition to legal barriers, on increased transparency obligations and more quality.
  • Collaborative engagement is considered very important. Corresponding platforms are in demand.
  • With a view to service providers, there are complaints about a lack of diversity. There is a need for individualised, tailored, and innovative services.
  • NGOs are seen as important actors in the field of engagement. A more active role is desired.
  • The top engagement topic is climate change. Otherwise, there are hardly any trends in terms of engagement themes

Gesa Vögele, member of the management at CRIC: There have been significant developments in engagement in recent years. However, there is still ample room for improvement. The current debates could be an indication that a further evolutionary leap is imminent which would be, amongst others, desirable simply because engagement, due to its original dialogical character, is able to contribute to a stronger understanding of necessary processes of transformation among various actors and even in society as a whole. 

The report on the research project was published on 30 March 2022 at a Twitter Press Conference in cooperation with SRI Event.

Download the report (in German with an English executive summary): Recherche Ist-Stand Engagement. Eine internationale Analyse mit Schwerpunkt auf dem deutschsprachigen Raum

 Zur deutschen Version.

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