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Alliance Bernstein

PRI reporting framework 2018

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Process

LEA 16. Typical approach to (proxy) voting decisions

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

Approach

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16.2. 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).

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. 

16.3. Additional information.[Optional]


LEA 17. Percentage of voting recommendations reviewed (Not Applicable)


LEA 18. Confirmation of votes

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

          Our proxy processing agent confirms receipt of votes with the custodian. We have begun to review the end-to-end vote confirmation process and have participated in industry events and calls with organizations such as the Council for Institutional Investors and leading vote tabulator, Broadridge.
        

18.2. Additional information. [OPTIONAL]

          
        

LEA 19. Securities lending programme

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

19.3. Indicate how voting is addressed in your securities lending programme.


LEA 20. Informing companies of the rationale of abstaining/voting against management

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

20.2. 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.

20.3. Additional information. [Optional]

As active owners, we value constructive dialogues with companies. Explaining our voting rationale for an “abstain” or “against” vote can be part of these discussions, and, in some cases, is important to promote change at the company. There are companies with whom we have ongoing discussions over multiple years.   These discussions occur after we cast our vote.  


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