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PRI reporting framework 2017

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LEA 17. Voting policy & approach

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17.1. Indicate whether your organisation has a formal voting policy.

17.2. Indicate what your voting policy covers:

17.3. Attach or provide a URL to your voting policy. [Optional]

17.4. Provide a brief overview of your organization’s approach to (proxy) voting.

As an active investor and a member of the UN PRI, Comgest’s objective is to vote systematically at all shareholder meetings held by all companies it invests in when this is technically possible and deemed to be in the interest of the shareholders. Comgest has designed its Voting Policy based on its own beliefs as well as commonly accepted best practices. Comgest has chosen Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) as a proxy voting service provider.

Comgest’s analysts and portfolio managers receive specific voting recommendations prepared by ISS’ specialist analysts (Social Advisory Services) based on voting rules defined by Comgest for each region of investment.

17.5. Provide an overview of how you ensure your voting policy is adhered to, giving details of your approach when exceptions to the policy are made (if applicable).

Votes that are not in line with recommendations systematically receive a documented justification. Given the fact that no voting policy can apply ex-ante to all cases, we consider that having at least a small percentage of deviation from recommendations based on one’s voting policy demonstrates that decision makers think and vote responsibly.