Proxy Voting

Wespath Benefits and Investments implements the Sustainable Investment Strategies, including the proxy voting activities, for investment funds made available through it and its subsidiaries, including Wespath Institutional Investments.

 

Proxy Voting – Positively Influencing Corporate Business Practices

At Wespath, acting as a prudent fiduciary on behalf of our clients and participants is our top priority. In addition, we endeavor to manage investments in a manner that honors the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church, and in accordance with the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment.

This dual responsibility requires a proactive approach absent in most investment organizations. We work diligently to influence the companies in which we invest, in order to promote better governance and corporate business practices that can ultimately have a positive impact on shareholder value.

Every publicly traded company conducts an annual meeting during which shareholders cast votes on a variety of issues. Typically, these issues include the election of directors, ratification of the company auditor, stock redistribution schemes, executive compensation packages, other governance issues and shareholder resolutions. Voting by proxy enables us to participate in this process and we view it as a vitally important tool in our efforts to influence corporate policy.

 

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