Stewardship Professionals

CSP© Accreditation

Designed to provide global assurance of skills and ethics

The StePs Certified Stewardship Professional (CSP©) accreditation is designed to provide global assurance of skills and ethics.

The program is based on five pillars of knowledge related to stewardship as conducted by specialists and/or portfolio managers.

To achieve the CSP©, professionals would take a specified number of hours of approved coursework produced by partner organizations, academic institutions, or StePs itself, and pass examinations overseen by independent experts.

The indispensable Resource for
Stewardship Professionals

Investor stewardship is a powerful, emerging discipline within the investment world. Specialists and asset managers alike today apply the tools and instruments of stewardship to enhance value, design portfolios, and act on environmental, social, and governance risks and opportunities. Asset owners and citizen investors, together with rising numbers of regulators, now assess managers on their stewardship capacity.

But while codes of stewardship best practice exist, the discipline now requires essential features of a profession: an accepted, rigorous framework to define all the recognized  professional qualifications and skills; and a common platform of information on stewardship job, remuneration tracks, and career paths.

Why every Stewardship Professional
should join StePs

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Blended Learning

An existing fully functional blended learning platform offering stewardship-focused learnings for StePs insctructors and respected global partners.
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Networking resources and opportunities for members of the association and course participants
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Protected Learning Environment

Courses and Modules delivered via protected, individualized login
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Up to Date

News section to help members keep up with developments on stewardship and engagement related issues

The Stewardship Profession - A Manifesto

Investor Stewardship is Fiduciary Duty in Action

StePs is a global, member-driven, not-for-profit body.
The word "stewardship" goes back to at least the Middle Ages, with echoes of knights left behind to care for their lords' lands while the latter were off doing silly things, like making a war on neighboring kingdoms or fighting far-off crusades. Merriam-Webster defines stewardship tomean "the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care".

In the context of capital markets, investor stewardship is fiduciary duty in action - it's what those who manage assets on behalf of others are obligated to do to protect such assets' value, for the benefit of their ultimate owners. Today it is a profession. 



Our renowned experts in the fields of investor stewardship, asset management and finance will accompany you through your learning journey to becoming a Stewardship Professional.

Results of a survey of institutional
investors conducted in March 2021

of institutional investors surveyed believe that stewardship
would benefit from a professional body to define, train
and recognize professional qualification and skills
agree that a rigorous accreditation process
would be beneficial in advancing stewardship

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