As a Cushon customer, you will soon receive a notification to update to a new, enhanced version of our app. As well as many other exciting updates, one substantial new feature is the ability to ‘vote’ and have a say on key environmental, social and governance (ESG) decisions taking place at the companies in which your money is invested.
Companies your ISA is invested in, regularly have shareholder meetings to vote on how these companies deal with ESG issues; we believe, as an indirect shareholder, you should have the opportunity to have your say.
Through the Cushon app, you will view a list of global issues related to ESG policy and select the topics that interest you the most - you can change these at any time. The app will send out alerts for up-and-coming shareholder proposals that relate to those selected interests, giving you a chance to have your say.
When a vote related to your selected ESG topics is available, you'll be notified and it'll appear under the 'your votes' feed within the app. From there, you'll be told when the vote expires, you can dismiss the vote without taking any action, review and download full details about the vote and then finally share your decision in favour or against.
Your vote will be passed to the fund manager, who will pull together all perspectives, and cast the final vote. We’ll keep you updated on the outcomes through the app so you can see the difference your investments and fund manager votes are making.
You can adjust your settings within the app to set how you receive news and notifications on the votes.
We are excited to launch this feature as we continually look for ways to build on our innovative user experience and tailor to the needs and values of our customers.