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SHARE - Shareholder Association for Research & Education

Service Providers Framework 2018

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AOS 11. ESG in voting recommendations

11.1. Describe how ESG factors are taken into consideration in voting recommendations

          We have extensive voting guidelines addressing ESG issues and these are considered in our vote recommendations to help institutional investors use their voting rights in a more responsible and coherent manner.

11.2. Additional information [OPTIONAL]


AOS 12. Raising concerns with companies ahead of voting (Private)

AOS 13. Voting against management

13.1. Indicate whether you communicate the rationale to companies when you, on behalf of your clients, abstain or vote against management proposals.

13.2. Additional information [OPTIONAL]

          We may engage with the company through our engagement service on the issue that was raised on the proxy ballot.

AOS 14. Monitoring voting outcomes

14.1. Describe how you monitor voting outcomes.

          We monitor voting outcomes for resolutions that may be of particular interest to our clients through publicly available sources and we track the results of shareholder proposals filed with Canadian companies for our publicly available shareholder proposal database (

14.2. Describe how you typically decide what recommendations for next steps to give to clients.

We would consider several factors in considering and recommending next steps for our clients if they had filed a shareholder resolution including the vote result and the outcomes of negotiation with the company.

14.3. Additional information [OPTIONAL]

AOS 15. Mechanisms for clients to review voting recommendations

15.1. Indicate whether you have formal mechanisms in place for clients to review your voting recommendations.

15.3. Additional information [OPTIONAL]

AOS 16. Involvement in projects to improve voting trail and obtaining confirmation

16.1. Describe your involvement in any project to improve the voting trail and/or to obtain vote confirmation for your clients.

We have made submissions to regulators on opportunities to improve proxy voting systems.

16.2. Additional information [OPTIONAL]