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Proxy voting policy and procedures

SEI Investments Management Corporation description of proxy voting policy and procedures

As required by applicable regulations, SEI Investments Management Corporation (“SIMC”) provides this summary of its Proxy Voting Procedures (the “Procedures”) concerning proxies voted by SIMC on behalf of each investment advisory client who delegates voting authority to SIMC (each a “Client”). As required by applicable regulations, SIMC must vote proxies in a manner consistent with the best interest of each Client and must not place its own interests above those of its Clients. The Procedures may be changed as necessary to remain current with regulatory requirements and internal policies and procedures.

SIMC has elected to retain an independent proxy voting service (the “Service”) to vote proxies for Client accounts, which votes proxies in accordance with Proxy Voting Guidelines (the “Guidelines”) approved by SIMC’s Proxy Voting Committee (the “Committee”). The Guidelines set forth the manner in which SIMC will vote on matters that may come up for shareholder vote. The Service will review each matter on a case-by-case basis, and vote the proxies in accordance with the Guidelines.

Prior to voting a proxy, the Service makes available to SIMC its recommendation on how to vote in light of the Guidelines. SIMC retains the authority to overrule the Service’s recommendation in certain scenarios (as listed below) and instruct the Service to vote in a manner in variance with the Service’s recommendation:

  • Client Directed Proxy Votes. Clients may from time to time contact their SEI/SIMC client representative if they would like to request SIMC to vote a certain way in a particular solicitation. In such circumstances, SIMC will use its commercially reasonable efforts to vote according to the Client’s request but cannot provide assurances that such voting requests will be implemented. For the avoidance of doubt, the Client may not direct votes for securities within an SEI Fund or Pooled Investment Vehicle.
  • Requests by Sub-Advisers to Direct Proxy Votes. Sub-Advisers retained by SIMC to manage the Funds may contact SIMC with requests that SIMC direct a proxy vote in a particular solicitation which would differ from the Service’s recommendation.
  • Recommendations by Engagement Vendor. In addition to retaining the Service, SIMC has also engaged a third party vendor to assist with engagement services (the “Engagement Service”). The Engagement Service strives to help investors manage reputational risk and increase corporate accountability through proactive, professional and constructive engagement. It does so by collaborating with investors, facilitating avenues of active ownership (including direct, constructive dialogue with companies) and assisting with shareholder resolutions and proxy voting decisions. As a result of this process, the Engagement Service will at times provide SIMC with proxy voting recommendations that may conflict with the Guidelines. Recommendations from the Engagement Service to potentially override the Service’s recommendation are expected to be limited to companies with which the Engagement Service is engaged on SIMC’s behalf, and limited to proxy matters that bear on the subject of the engagement with that issuer.

In all circumstances identified above, the Committee shall convene and adhere to the conflicts provisions of the Procedures. For any proposal where the Committee determines that SIMC does not have a material conflict of interest, the Committee may overrule the Service’s recommendation if the Committee reasonably determines that doing so is in the best interest of the Clients. For any proposal where the Committee determines that SIMC has a material conflict of interest, SIMC must vote in accordance with the Service’s recommendation unless it has first fully disclosed to each Client holding the security at issue the nature of the conflict and obtained each Client’s consent as to how SIMC will vote on the proposal. If the Committee decides to overrule the Service’s recommendation, the Committee shall maintain a written record setting forth the basis of its decision.

In some circumstances, SIMC may determine it is in the best interest of its Clients to abstain from voting certain proxies. These include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following circumstances:

  • Proxy Guidelines do not cover an issue;
  • The Service does not make a recommendation on the issue;
  • SIMC determines that the costs of voting exceed the expected benefits to Clients;
  • The accounts engage in securities lending;
  • The vote is subject to “share blocking,” which requires investors who intend to vote to surrender the right to dispose of their shares until after the shareholder meeting, potentially creating liquidity issues; and
  • The Committee is unable to convene to determine whether the proposal would be in the Client’s best interests.

With respect to proxies of an affiliated investment company or series thereof, SIMC will vote such proxies in the same proportion as the vote of all other shareholders of the investment company or series thereof (i.e., “echo vote” or “mirror vote”).

With respect to proxies in foreign jurisdictions, certain countries or issuers may require SIMC to have a duly executed power of attorney in place with such country or issuer in order to vote a proxy. The Service may execute, on behalf of SIMC, power of attorney requirements in order to satisfy these requirements. Under circumstances where the issuer, not the jurisdiction, requires an issuer-specific, shareholder-specific or other limited power of attorney in order to vote a proxy, the Service will coordinate with SIMC in order to execute such power of attorney. In these instances, it may not be convenient or practicable to execute a power of attorney in sufficient time to vote proxies in that meeting, and SIMC may abstain from voting.

For each proxy, SIMC maintains all related records as required by applicable law. A Client may obtain, without charge, a copy of SIMC’s Procedures and Guidelines, or a copy of the specific voting record for their account, by calling SIMC at 1-800-DIAL-SEI, or writing to SIMC at One Freedom Valley Drive, Oaks, Pennsylvania 19456.