※ Principles on the Stewardship Responsibilities of Institutional Investors
In order to enhance the mid- to long-term value and sustainable growth of investee
companies and further the mid- to long-term interests of their clients and ultimate
beneficiaries, institutional investors should comply with the Principles stated below.
1. Institutional investors, as a steward of assets entrusted by their clients,
beneficiaries, etc, to take care of and manage, should formulate and
publicly disclose a clear policy to faithfully implement their
2. Institutional investors should formulate and publicly disclose an effective
and clear policy as to how to resolve actual or potential problems arising
from conflicts of interest in the course of their stewardship activities.
3. Institutional investors should regularly monitor investee companies in
order to enhance investee companies’ mid- to long-term value and
thereby protect and raise their investment value.
4. While institutional investors should aim to form a consensus with
investee companies, where necessary, they should formulate internal
guidelines on the timeline, procedures, and methods for stewardship
5. Institutional investors should formulate and publicly disclose a voting
policy that includes guidelines, procedures, and detailed standards for
exercising votes in a faithful manner, and publicly disclose voting records
and the reasons for each vote so as to allow the verification of the
appropriateness of their voting activities.
6. Institutional investors should regularly report their voting and
stewardship activities to their clients or beneficiaries.
7. Institutional investors should have the capabilities and expertise required
to implement stewardship responsibilities in an active and effective
Korea Corporate Governance Service (KCGS) has conducted its annual research on the disclosure of proxy voting records by the Korean private institutional investors. * The study covered the proxy voting results of 82 institutional investors at the shareholders' meetings of 328 companies.
* According to the Financial Investment Services and Capital Markets Act, institutional investors who hold shares of a company whose value is equal to or more than 1) 5% of their total asset or 2) 10 billion KRW are required to disclose their voting records.
** Public Pension funds such as National Pension Service(NPS) are not included in this research.
Only 1.4% of votes exercised by institutional investors was against proposed agendas
‘Votes Against’ ratio was 0.4% in 2012 and 0.9% in 2013. Even though it showed a gradual increase, it is still lower than 9.4%, that of NPS, or the ratio that KCGS recommended shareholders vote against, which was 18.7%.
75.9% of ‘Votes Against’ was concerned with director election agendas including independent directors, audit committee members and executive directors.
Over 70% of institutional investors voted for the whole agenda items proposed by the management.
60 institutional investors(73.2%) voted for the whole agenda items while only 22 voted against at least one item.
JP Morgan asset management (Korea) has showed the highest ‘Vote Against’ ratio, 23.7%. Top 10 institutional investors, by the number of ‘Votes Against’ are either independent ones or foreign ones.
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※ KCGS Brochure
Korea Corporate Governance Service (KCGS) was established in June 2002 as a non-profit organization by member
organizations including Korea Exchange, Korea Financial Investment Association, Korea Listed Companies Association,
and KOSDAQ Listed Companies Association.
KCGS provides various professional services including ESG evaluation, Proxy advisory, Socially Responsible Investment
advisory, and Sustainability Reporting advisory services to help companies find strategies for sustainable growth and
build a better society by promoting a strong capital market.
KCGS will take on an important role as the best ESG research institute fostering robust corporate governance and
corporate social responsibility.
Proxy Voting Guidelines Principle
This guideline is based on CGS’ independent determination of what would be
in the best long‐term interests of shareholders and consists of the following
• Enhancing Company's LongTerm Shareholders’ Value
▷ Protecting shareholders’ rights and equal treatment among shareholders.
▷ Responsible management for the shareholders’ and the company.
▷ Efficient organizational and operational structure of the board of directors.
▷ Enhancing transparency of the corporate management.
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