Fiduciary Voting Services

Avoid potential conflicts of interest when voting proxies

Fiduciary voting

Almost all investment management firms face potential conflicts of interest, including those that emerge when voting the proxies of companies in which material relationships exist. The key is in how firms manage these potential conflicts so they don’t become real.

Sustainalytics’ independent Fiduciary Voting Service enables investment managers to easily navigate these situations by outsourcing the vote decision and execution. We have over a decade of experience in supporting some of the world’s leading investment managers with their fiduciary voting requirements.

Key Benefits 

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Manage compliance risks


Execute on your stewardship responsibilities even in situations where a potential conflict of interest may exist


Comply with relevant stewardship codes and regulation 


Proactively manage reputational risk by maintaining impartiality 


Rely on an experienced team with an established track record 


Have confidence that votes are executed according to policy guidelines 

Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest may arise when the asset manager has a commercial relationship or other material connection with a portfolio company. At other times, competing priorities in relation to the same portfolio company may exist. This makes the independent exercise of voting rights more difficult. Such scenarios may include the following: 

Scenario One

The investment manager has a significant minority shareholding in the company and therefore a relationship with the board which makes robust implementation of the client’s voting policy more difficult.


Scenario Two

The portfolio company has a current or potential business relationship with the investment manager. For example:

  1. The investment manager provides management services to a listed investment trust
  2. The investment manager has a mandate from the company’s pension fund
  3. The portfolio company is a material client of the investment manager or vice versa

Scenario Three

An executive or director at the investment manager is also an executive or director at the portfolio company

Scenario Four

An executive or director at the investment manager is also an executive or director at the portfolio company

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