In looking after other people’s money, asset managers have an interest in ensuring that the companies in which they invest prosper. Still, where an asset manager invests largely depends on the decisions of the investors themselves.
Shareholders hold the companies accountable to ensure that they are well run and thrive. This involves regular engagement and contact, voting at general meetings, and holding these companies to the highest corporate governance standards. Many managers, acting on behalf of investors, also ensure that companies in which they invest take environmental and social aspects seriously.