ESG in action: getting ahead of proxy voting trends - AllianceBernstein

By engaging with management and voting on crucial shareholder initiatives, AB’s portfolio teams aim to sharpen investment insights on how a company’s ESG behavior might shape its long-term return potential.

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... Investors seeking to promote improvements in corporate behavior can’t stand on the sidelines. By participating in proxy votes, AB's equity investment teams aim to get ahead of activist shareholder trends while bolstering their engagement efforts on environment, social and governance ( ESG ) issues. In corporate democracy, some votes carry more weight than others. Passive investors, who make up an increasingly large part of the market, rarely challenge management decisions. As a result, active managers have an important role to play in voting on proposals related to business and ESG issues that might not be popular with management, but could create catalysts for lasting change.

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