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Our Global Emerging Market Sustainability strategy was launched in 2009 and invests in between 30 to 75 high-quality companies that are contributing to a more sustainable future. The strategy’s bottom-up approach allows us to find only the very best businesses from an investable universe of some 65,000 companies. We are looking for companies well positioned to contribute to long-term sustainable development; businesses with high quality management teams, franchises, and financials.
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Source: Stewart Investors investment team and company data. Securities mentioned are all investee companies* from representative Asia Pacific Sustainability Strategy, Asia Pacific & Japan Sustainability Strategy, Asia Pacific Leaders Sustainability Strategy, European Sustainability Strategy, European (ex UK) Sustainability Strategy, Global Emerging Markets Leaders Sustainability Strategy, Global Emerging Markets Sustainability Strategy, Indian Subcontinent Sustainability Strategy, Worldwide Sustainability Strategy and Worldwide Leaders Sustainability Strategy accounts as at 30 September 2023. *Assets that the strategies may hold which an active decision has not been made, and sustainability assessment does not apply, include cash, cash equivalents, short-term holdings for the purpose of efficient portfolio management and holdings received as a result of mandatory corporate actions. Holdings of such assets will not appear on Portfolio Explorer.
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Proxy voting: Q3 2023
Global Emerging Markets Sustainability proxy voting: 1 July - 30 September 2023
During the quarter there were 169 resolutions from 20 companies to vote on. On behalf of clients, we voted against four resolutions.
We voted against the election of the Chair of the Nomination Committee at Hangzhou Robam in support of encouraging better gender diversity. At present the company has no female directors, and we believe the Chair of the Nomination Committee has an important role in facilitating a more gender diverse Board of Directors. (one resolution)
We voted against a related party transaction at Kingmed Diagnostics Group which would transfer 73% ownership of a subsidiary pharmaceutical company to the Deputy General Manager of the listco. We could not find any reasons behind the sale nor the valuation at which the transaction would happen. (one resolution)
We voted against Philippine Seven’s request for management to approve all other business matters before the annual general meeting (AGM) of shareholders. We consider ourselves active shareholders and prefer to vote on such matters at the AGM. (one resolution)
We voted against the appointment of the auditor and the company’s ability to set auditor fees at Vitasoy as they have been in place for over 10 years and the company has given no information on intended rotation. We believe rotating an auditor on a relatively frequent basis (e.g. every 5-10 years) helps to ensure a fresh pair of eyes are examining the accounts, and follows best practice. (one resolution)
Proxy voting: Q2 2023
Global Emerging Markets Sustainability proxy voting: 1 April - 30 June 2023
During the quarter there were 364 resolutions from 36 companies to vote on. On behalf of clients, we voted against 26 and abstained on four resolutions.
We voted against Aavas Financiers' request to reprice options granted under various equity stock option plans for employees due to a share price fall. We do not believe this request is in shareholders’ interest. (three resolutions)
We voted against BRAC Bank’s request to increase authorised share capital by more than 100%, as the company had not given any justification for why they are doing this at the time of voting. (one resolution)
We voted against Dino Polska’s accounts and reports because the auditor has been in place for over 10 years and the company has given no information on intended rotation. We also voted against their remuneration report as we believe the scheme is too short term. (four resolutions)
We voted against the appointment of the auditor at EPAM Systems, Foshan Haitian Flavouring, Glodon and Yifeng Pharmacy Chain as they have been in place for over 10 years and the companies have given no information on intended rotation. We believe rotating an auditor on a relatively frequent basis (e.g. every 5-10 years) helps to ensure a fresh pair of eyes are examining the accounts, and follows best practice. (four resolutions)
We voted against Foshan Haitian Flavouring’s request to approve connected transactions entered into between the Company and related entities and their respective annual caps. We do not believe these requests are in shareholders’ interests. (two resolutions)
We voted against Raia Drogasil’s request to adopt cumulative voting and to recast votes for the amended Board and supervisory council slate, as well as for permission to re-consider voting instructions should the meeting be held on second call. We do not believe these requests are in shareholders’ interests. We abstained from voting on the request to hold a separate election for Board members and for a minority candidate as we prefer to support the Board. (four resolutions against, two resolutions abstained)
We voted against Techtronic Industries’ share award and options scheme as the company had not disclosed how options are awarded other than at the absolute discretion of the Board, who also award options to themselves, family members and non-executives. (two resolutions)
We voted against Totvs’ remuneration policy and long term incentive plan as in our opinion it is excessively diluted and we would prefer for the Founder/Chair not to receive a performance based remuneration like the management team. We also voted against and abstained from voting on proposals relating to the company’s request to establish a supervisory council as we did not have sufficient information to know who we would be voting for. (three resolutions against, one resolution abstained)
We voted against Vinda International’s request to issue shares without pre-emptive rights and issue repurchased shares, as the share discount rate had not been disclosed. (two resolutions)
We voted against WEG’s request to recast votes for the amended supervisory council slate, as we preferred to vote in favour of the female candidate nominated by minority shareholders and who has been on the fiscal council for two years. We abstained from voting on the election of the supervisory council as we preferred to support the minority candidate. (one resolution against, one resolution abstained)
Proxy voting: Q1 2023
Global Emerging Markets Sustainability proxy voting: 1 January - 31 March 2023
During the quarter, there were 97 resolutions from 14 companies to vote on. On behalf of clients, we voted against three resolutions.
We voted against Amoy Diagnostics’ request to increase share capital and share count as we did not have sufficient information at the time of voting for the justification of these amendments to articles. (one resolution)
We voted against Banco Bradesco’s remuneration policy as we believe it lacks long-term alignment with company performance and market best practice. We also voted against the company’s request to recast votes for an amended slate of directors as we do not believe this is in shareholders’ interest. (two resolutions)
Proxy voting: Q4 2022
Global Emerging Markets Sustainability proxy voting: 1 October - 31 December 2022
During the quarter there were 51 resolutions from 12 companies to vote on. On behalf of clients, we voted against one resolution.
We voted against the election of a director to the supervisory board at Foshan Haitian Flavouring as we do not believe they are truly independent. (one resolution)