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Corporate governance provides a framework for ensuring that companies are well managed and that shareholders’ interests are well represented.
We believe that all corporations in which we invest should implement high corporate governance standards.
These include: Acting in the long-term interests of shareholders. Protecting shareholders’ rights. Ensuring independent and efficient board structure. Aligning incentive structures with long-term interests of shareholders. Disclosing accurate, adequate, and timely information. Ensuring good environmental and social performance.
Promoting good corporate governance and voting at general assembly meetings is a key component of the ongoing dialogue with companies in which we invest on behalf of our clients, and forms an integral part of our investment process.
We are committed to ensure consistent* exercise of voting rights associated with shares held in Undertakings for the Collective Investment of Transferable Securities (UCITS), and segregated accounts where proxy voting has been delegated to us. Voting rights are exercised based on our Voting Policy which spells out overarching principles and operational guidelines: it explains what we expect of public companies and how we carry out our ownership responsibilities. The policy outlines our key governance and voting principles, describes our proxy voting process, and set guidelines that highlights, for each items, best practices and issues that may trigger an “oppose” or “abstain” vote.
Furthermore, we publish an annual Proxy Voting report, providing an overview of proxy voting activities. It details the scope of voting, the number of general meetings and resolutions voted and also its breakdown.
In the U.S., this material is for Institutional use only – not for public distribution. This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as a forecast, research or investment advice, and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities or to adopt any investment strategy. References to specific securities, asset classes and financial markets are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to be and should not be interpreted as recommendations. Reliance upon information in this material is at the sole risk and discretion of the reader. The material was prepared without regard to specific objectives, financial situation or needs of any investor.
These documents and video clips may also include information obtained from affiliated investment management companies within BNP Paribas Asset Management, the brand name of the BNP Paribas group’s asset management services. The documents and video clips are produced for informational purposes only and do not constitute: 1. an offer to buy nor a solicitation to sell, nor shall they form the basis of or be relied upon in connection with any contract or commitment whatsoever or 2. investment advice. Any opinions included in these documents and video clips constitute the judgment of the author/ presenter at the time specified and may be subject to change without notice.
This material may contain “forward-looking” information that is not purely historical in nature. Such information may include, among other things, projections, forecasts, and estimates of yields or returns. No representation is made that any performance presented will be achieved by any funds, or that every assumption made in achieving, calculating or presenting either the forward-looking information or any historical performance information herein has been considered or stated in preparing this material. Any changes to assumptions that may have been made in preparing this material could have a material impact on the investment returns that are presented herein. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of current or future results and should not be the sole factor of consideration when selecting a product or strategy.
The information and opinions contained in this material are derived from proprietary and nonproprietary sources deemed by BNP PARIBAS ASSET MANAGEMENT USA, Inc. to be reliable, are not necessarily all-inclusive and are not guaranteed as to accuracy.
The information provided here is neither tax nor legal advice. Investors should speak to their tax professional for specific information regarding their tax situation. Investment involves risk including possible loss of principal. International investing involves risks, including risks related to foreign currency, limited liquidity, less government regulation, and the possibility of substantial volatility due to adverse political, economic or other developments. These risks are often heightened for investments in emerging/developing markets or smaller capital markets.
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BNP Paribas Asset Management seeks to integrate environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) factors into all of our portfolios as a means to mitigate certain short, medium and long-term financial risks, identify better long-term investments, and encourage more responsible corporate behavior. We will never subordinate our client’s interests to unrelated objectives. Certain issuers and industries are excluded from our actively managed portfolios based upon our view of their ESG performance and risk profile. As a result, we may pass up certain opportunities when these excluded issuers or industries are in favor. Due to significant gaps in disclosure regimes around the world, we may need to rely upon voluntary disclosures by issuers, which are often not audited. We therefore may not have consistent access to complete, accurate or comparable information about the ESG performance of our holdings. Please consult the applicable offering document for more information about the specific ESG strategy employed by each investment strategy since a given strategy may not have specific ESG guidelines, and investments are not limited to securities that are ESG compatible.