Insight voting data

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Voting is an important mechanism for holding companies to account. In situations where we may abstain or vote against management, the voting decision will be reviewed by the relevant portfolio manager and the final decision will account for Insight’s general position on the issue in question, for the specific details and context of the business, and for Insight’s views on whether and how the voting decision will be interpreted by company management.

Beyond the specific issues covered by our voting template, we generally consider any action that raises accountability for environmental and social activities to be positive for shareholders. For these actions – for example, the “Aiming for A” resolutions on climate change – Insight generally supports resolutions of this type if they are appropriately structured. We do not notify companies in advance of our voting intentions.

Table 1: Specialist equities funds1 – voting on management resolutions in 2016

Table 1: Specialist equities funds – voting on management resolutions in 2016

Table 2: Specialist equities funds – voting on shareholder resolutions in 2016

Table 2: Specialist equities funds – voting on shareholder resolutions in 2016

Our multi-asset holdings can make up a significant percentage of outstanding equity. As shareholder, Insight will vote as part of our fiduciary responsibilities and often discuss with companies the reasons for our voting activity. We vote on these holdings using an existing voting template that considers the best governance practice for smaller corporate issuers.

Table 3: Multi-asset holdings – voting on shareholder resolutions in 2016

Table 3: Multi-asset holdings – voting on shareholder resolutions in 2016

CLOSER LOOK AT REMUNERATION

Insight believes executive remuneration must balance long and short-term performance targets. An effective and clear policy, along with an independent remuneration committee, is essential to ensure remuneration is commensurate with performance.

Table 4: Voting on remuneration in 2016

Table 4: Voting on remuneration in 2016

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Please note: These funds are not currently available for US investors.

Insight is the corporate brand for certain companies operated by Insight Investment Management Limited (IIML). Insight includes, among others, Insight Investment Management (Global) Limited (IIMG), Pareto Investment Management Limited (PIML), Cutwater Asset Management Corp (CAMC), Cutwater Investor Services Corp (CISC) and Insight North America LLC (INA), each of which provides asset management services.  

INA, CISC and CAMC are investment advisers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) each with its principal place of business at 200 Park Avenue, New York, NY, 10166. PIML is an investment adviser registered with the SEC and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (no. 416024). Registered in England and Wales. Registered number: 03169281. Registered office: 160 Queen Victoria Street London EC4V 4LA, UK. INA, CISC and PIML are each also registered with the CFTC as a Commodity Trading Advisor and Commodity Pool Operator and each is a member of the National Futures Association (NFA). All entities are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation.