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Colonial First State Global Asset Management (including First State Investments)

PRI reporting framework 2017

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Process

LEA 18. Typical approach to (proxy) voting decisions

18.1. Indicate how you typically make your (proxy) voting decisions.

Approach

Based on

          We provide proxy guidelines and use proxy advisers however decisions are made by the teams. See additional information.
        

18.2. Additional information.[Optional]

As described above we provide proxy voting guidelines at a firm level however will take the company’s individual circumstances and willingness to engage into account when making decisions. We do not require different teams to vote the same way on specific resolutions. With oversight from the head of each investment team we believe this is the best way to conduct long-term and ongoing engagement with companies.


LEA 19. Percentage of voting recommendations reviewed (Not Applicable)


LEA 20. Confirmation of votes

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20.1. Describe your involvement in any projects to improve the voting trail and/or to obtain vote confirmation .

          
        

20.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]

          
        

LEA 21. Securities lending programme

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21.1. Indicate if your organisation has a securities lending programme.

21.3. Additional information.

          We do not believe it is in the best interests of our clients to loan shares to other investors who wish to bet against their positions. We also are concerned that issues may prevent shares being properly recalled for voting purposes.
        

LEA 22. Informing companies of the rationale of abstaining/voting against management

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22.1. Indicate whether you or the service providers acting on your behalf raise any concerns with companies ahead of voting

22.2. Indicate whether you and/or the service provider(s) acting on your behalf, communicate the rationale to companies, when , you abstain or vote against management recommendations.

22.3. Additional information. [Optional]

Three investment teams reported that they inform companies in all cases of reasons for against or abstain votes while four teams reported that they inform companies in some cases, in particular on certain issues. Importantly as we view proxy voting as an extension of each investment team’s engagement activities issues which result in negative votes are generally addressed in regular interactions with companies rather than as a separate formal process.


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