There are many phrases and jargon used in responsible investment. The following is an evolving list of terms and explanations.

AGM Annual general meeting of shareholders.
Corporate Governance The process by which companies are managed.
Concert Party A group of shareholders acting together can be called a concert party. The legal definition of concert party in the UK is maintained by The Takeover Panel.
EGM Extra-ordinary shareholder meeting.
ESG Environment & Social Governance – or the governance of environmental and social issues within a company or investment portfolio.
Ethical Investment Ethical investment strategies are based on a philosopy of excluding companies from investment portfolios based on specific criteria. Ethical exclusion criteria include companies involved in in alcohol, tobacco, pornography, gambling or poor human rights at investee companies.
Engagement Engagement is the process through which investors use their influence to encourage investee companies to adopt new standards or change their conduct on ESG issues.
Negative Screening The process of excluding investments based on individual characteristics or preferences e.g. no alcohol, no high-carbon impact investments.
PRI A membership organisation created to show support for the United Nations-backed Principles of Responsible Investment. The Principles were launched in 2006 by UNEP Finance Initiative and the UN Global Compact. The PRI provides a voluntary framework by which all investors can incorporate ESG issues into their decision-making and ownership practices and so better align their objectives with those of society at large.
Proxy / Proxies Depending on jurisdiction, the proxy may be the proxy ballot form or a  person appointed to be a proxy.
Proxy Voting The act of voting proxies, or shareholder voting
Responsible Investment Responsible Investment or RI is the umbrella term used for Ethical and ESG oriented investment.
Say on Pay Voting on executive pay/remuneration.
Shareholder Voting Voting at shareholder meetings, AGMs or EGMs
Stewardship A collection of activities associated with long-term share ownership.
UN Global Compact A call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.
UN SDGs The UN Global Compact’s multi-year strategy to drive business awareness and action in support of achieving The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs by 2030
UKSIF The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, is a membership network for sustainable and responsible financial services.
Voting policy A policy produced by an institutional investor which explains their governance beliefs and how they are likely to vote.
Last Updated: 26 February 2017