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According to the recitals of the recently adopted revised Shareholder Rights Directive3 “effective and sustainable shareholder engagement is one of the cornerstones of the corporate governance model of listed companies”. Asset owners4 and asset managers5 hold the overwhelming majority of the shares in Dutch listed companies and manage other people's and institutions’ money. As a result, society at large expects that both Dutch and non-Dutch asset owners and asset managers take their responsibility in playing an active role in promoting good corporate governance and sustainability practices at Dutch listed investee companies. It is for this reason that Eumedion has drafted this Stewardship Code (hereinafter: Code), explaining how asset owners and asset managers can meet their stewardship responsibilities in a way that contributes to long-term value creation by Dutch listed investee companies and consequently to the long-term risk-adjusted returns on their investments.

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