The Association of Stewardship Professionals

StePs is conceived as a new, member-driven, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the stewardship profession. StePs consists of a fully functional blended learning platform that provides education and information on stewardship, governance, and engagement-related issues.

CSP© Accreditation - Curriculum

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

CSP© - Certified Stewardship Professionals - A globaly recognized acreditation program for stewardship professionals.

Blended Learning

An existing fully functional blended learning platform offering stewardship-focused learnings for StePs insctructors and respected global partners.


Networking resources and opportunities for members of the association and course participants

Protected Learning Environment

Courses and Modules delivered via protected, individualized login

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. 



Check out our Courses!

Corporate Governance Basic

Alexander Juschus

The course CORPORATE GOVERNANCE BASICS is the ideal introduction to the world of corporate governance. In this course you will be introduced to the basics of international corporate governance.

Corporate Governance and Ethics

Stephan Davis Ph.D.

The course gives an overall view of the techniques of stewardship, including on how professionals tackle engagement with corporate boards and executives.


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


Services & Solutions
Certified Stewardship Professional©
Accreditation, consisting of a comprehensive curriculum of live and virtual courses
Reduced fees for CSP accreditation program and courses

10% discount on all courses
StePs Pay Tracker
Proprietary, regularly updated data and analysis on remuneration for stewardship posts
StePs Net
Off-the-record virtual networks for professionals serving in common stewardship functions (e.g., stewardship heads; proxy voting managers; proxy voting committee chairs; sustainability executives; engagement managers)
Selected courses and workshops on ESG and related topics
StePs Intelligence
News and insights on developments affecting the stewardship profession, including career moves
StePs Careers
Prime resource for employment postings in the stewardship field

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