Our Proxy Voting and Governance Policy is annually reviewed, and updated as necessary, by the Proxy Voting and Governance Committee (which includes senior members from Investments, Legal & Compliance, and Operations) to ensure it captures our latest thinking and reflects new governance issues. Our Proxy Voting and Governance Committee meets at least three times per year and as necessary to address special situations.
Our RI team votes our proxies globally. In evaluating proxy issues and determining our votes, we welcome and seek out the points of view of various parties. Internally, the RI team may consult the Proxy Voting and Governance Committee, Chief Investment Officers, Directors of Research, and/or Research Analysts across our equities platforms, and Portfolio Managers in whose managed accounts a stock is held. This ensures consistent application of our policy while at the same time leveraging the company specific knowledge of the investment teams who can provide an extra level of insight. Externally, we may engage with companies in advance of their Annual General Meeting, and throughout the year. In addition, we engage with shareholder proposal proponents and other stakeholders to understand different viewpoints and objectives. We believe engagement provides the opportunity to share our philosophy, our corporate governance values, and more importantly, affect positive change.
Our Proxy Voting and Governance Policy and our historical voting records are available on our public website.