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(Proxy) voting and shareholder resolutions

LEA 12. Typical approach to (proxy) voting decisions

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


Based on

12.2. Provide an overview of how you ensure that your agreed-upon voting policy is adhered to, giving details of your approach when exceptions to the policy are made.

All votes are reviewed by an Investment Proxy Research analyst prior to any vote being submitted to ensure votes adhere to the Proxy Voting Guidelines. Additionally, oversight reports are reviewed every day to ensure compliance with the Proxy Voting Guidelines. Fidelity will vote on proposals not specifically addressed by the Guidelines based on an evaluation of a proposal's likelihood to enhance the long-term economic returns or profitability of the company or maximize long-term shareholder value.

12.3. Additional information.[Optional]

Fidelity maintains a permanent in-house team of governance specialists who work closely with the investment team and who are responsible for conducting our voting activities. Securities of portfolio companies generally are voted in a manner consistent with Fidelity's Proxy Voting Guidelines and consistent with the investment objectives of each fund and account. In evaluating proposals, Fidelity considers information from several sources, including management or shareholders of a company presenting a proposal and proxy voting advisory firms, and uses all this information as an input within the larger mix of information to which the Guidelines are applied. Fidelity's voting instructions are generally processed electronically via our proxy voting agent, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). Our proxy voting agent provides general meeting notifications, processes our voting instructions and records this activity for subsequent reporting purposes. Additionally, we subscribe to several corporate governance and voting advisory services, including products supported by ISS, Glass Lewis and Equilar.

LEA 13. Percentage of voting recommendations reviewed (Not Applicable)

LEA 14. Securities lending programme (Private)

LEA 15. Informing companies of the rationale of abstaining/voting against management

15.1. Indicate the proportion of votes participated in within the reporting year in which where you or the service providers acting on your behalf raised concerns with companies ahead of voting.

15.2. Indicate the reasons for raising your concerns with these companies ahead of voting.

15.3. Additional information. [Optional]

When a company reaches out to the Investment Proxy Research Group ("IPR") with a request for engagement and the agenda of voting items is known, IPR will, to the best of its ability, raise relevant concerns with voting items where a vote against management is possible.

LEA 16. Informing companies of the rationale of abstaining/voting against management

16.1. Indicate the proportion of votes where you, and/or the service provider(s) acting on your behalf, communicated the rationale to companies for abstaining or voting against management recommendations. Indicate this as a percentage out of all eligible votes.

16.2. Indicate the reasons why your organisation would communicate to companies, the rationale for abstaining or voting against management recommendations.

16.3. In cases where your organisation does communicate the rationale for abstaining or voting against management recommendations, indicate whether this rationale is made public.

16.4. Additional information. [Optional]

LEA 17. Percentage of (proxy) votes cast

17.1. For listed equities in which you or your service provider have the mandate to issue (proxy) voting instructions, indicate the percentage of votes cast during the reporting year.

Votes cast (to the nearest 1%)

97 %

Specify the basis on which this percentage is calculated

17.2. Explain your reason(s) for not voting on certain holdings

Disclosure concerns

17.3. Additional information. [Optional]

LEA 18. Proportion of ballot items that were for/against/abstentions (Private)

LEA 19. Proportion of ballot items that were for/against/abstentions

19.1. Indicate whether your organisation has a formal escalation strategy following unsuccessful voting.

19.2. Indicate the escalation strategies used at your organisation following abstentions and/or votes against management.

19.3. Additional information. [Optional]

LEA 20. Shareholder resolutions (Private)

LEA 21. Examples of (proxy) voting activities (Private)