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Global ESG Research Update: Engaging with boards to drive improvement

August 2019 
Wellington Management

In our view, the most productive engagements with boards occur outside of proxy-voting season.


Communicating with boards of directors on behalf of our clients has long been a part of sub-adviser Wellington Management's ESG research process. While letters to boards remain a powerful tool, we see direct engagement as an effective way to enhance discussions about long-term, material issues over which the board has oversight. Investors increasingly expect directors to be available for direct engagement. For us, conversations complement our ongoing discussions with management teams and provide a lens to assess a board’s effectiveness and competence, which is challenging to do using company disclosures alone.

Important Risks: Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. • Risks of focusing on investments that involve sustainability and environmentally responsible investment criteria may influence investment performance relative to a fund’s benchmark or competing funds and expose a fund to increased risks related to downturns or other adverse developments in that market segment.

The views expressed herein are those of Wellington Management, are for informational purposes only, and are subject to change based on prevailing market, economic, and other conditions. The views expressed may not reflect the opinions of Hartford Funds or any other sub-adviser to our funds. They should not be construed as research or investment advice nor should they be considered an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security. This information is current at the time of writing and may not be reproduced or distributed in whole or in part, for any purpose, without the express written consent of Wellington Management or Hartford Funds.

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