Marc J. Lane Investment Management, Inc. (MJLIM) believes that Environmental, Social Justice and Corporate Governance considerations are substantial contributors to overall corporate performance and long-term investment returns. MJLIM also believes that proxy voting is an important right of shareholders. It allows shareholders to give voice to their own values, impact corporate behavior, and promote constructive change.
MJLIM will only vote proxies for those clients who have given us the direction to do so. We will, however, vote proxies for all accounts that are governed under ERISA, the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, unless the plan trustee has specifically reserved the right to do so for himself or some other designated party. Clients who have provided us with specific mission or value-based guidelines, and have given us the direction to do so, will have their proxies voted in accordance with those guidelines.
In the absence of specific instructions to the contrary, Marc J. Lane Investment Management, Inc. will generally vote proxies in accordance with the guidelines outlined below. While these guidelines are intended to have broad application, they cannot possibly cover every proxy issue that may arise. Each proposal to be voted on will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and all relevant facts and circumstances will be taken into account. From time to time MJLIM may even determine that it is in the best interest of our clients to vote in a manner that appears inconsistent with these guidelines.
All voting decisions are intended to meet our fiduciary duty, and generally include support for high standards of corporate governance, and social and environmental responsibility. In all proxy voting decisions, MJLIM will consider the opinion of management and the effect on shareholder value.
MJLIM may on occasion use a third party in order to obtain information and analysis on general issues and specific ballot items. If a third party is used, MJLIM will verify that they have the "capacity and competency" to adequately analyze proxy issues, and that they can make proxy voting recommendations in an impartial manner and in the best interest of our clients.