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Active ownership as a catalyst for excess returns

Too many investment firms leave their active ownership duties to a team of ESG analysts instead of investment professionals. Engagement should be investor-led, according to one of the world's largest asset managers that recently held a seminar in Copenhagen about its use of active ownership.

From left: Bonnie Saynay head of Responsible investment at Invesco, Oğuzhan Karakaş senior lecture in finance at Cambridge and Maria Lombardo, head of responsible investment EMEA at Invesco. | Photo: Søren Top

US-based asset manager Invesco recently held a seminar about its use of active ownership at Hotel d'Angleterre, at the very heart of Copenhagen.

The topics were addressed by the EUR 837bn investment firm's global head of responsible investment, Bonnie Saynay, alongside Oğuzhan Karakaş, who is senior lecturer in Finance at Cambridge Business School, based in the UK.

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