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INFORMATION ABOUT FUNDSMITH EQUITY FUND
You may obtain copies of the Prospectus, KIID and the Annual and Interim Report and Accounts for the Fundsmith Equity Fund (the "Fund") free of charge by contacting us at Fundsmith LLP, PO Box 10846, Chelmsford, Essex, CM992BW or these can be downloaded directly from this Site.
Fundsmith LLP does not provide financial, investment, tax or other advice. If you are unsure as to whether an investment in the Fund is suitable for you, you should seek your own professional advice.
It should not be assumed that an investment into the Fund will be profitable. Past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance. The value of investments and the income from them may fall as well as rise, may be affected by changes in rates of exchange, and you may not get back the amount of your original investment.
Fundsmith and its connected persons do hold investments in the Fund.
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These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England without regard to conflicts of law principles. The English courts will have the exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising from or related to this Site. No failure of either party to enforce any of its rights under this Legal Notice will act as a waiver of such rights. If any portion of any provision of this Legal Notice is found invalid or unenforceable, that provision shall be enforced to the maximum extent possible and the remaining provisions of this Legal Notice shall remain in full force and effect.
STEWARDSHIP CODE NOTICE
Under COBS Rule 2.2.3R of the FCA's Conduct of Business Sourcebook, Fundsmith LLP is required to include on this website a disclosure about the nature of its commitment to the UK Financial Reporting Council's Stewardship Code (the "Code") or, where it does not commit to the Code, its alternative investment strategy. The Code is a voluntary code and sets out a number of principles relating to engagement by investors with UK equity issuers. Below we highlight our commitment to the Code, a full statement of principles is available on request.
Fundsmith LLP considers itself to have an important fiduciary duty to protect the interests of investors. Part of our role as an investment manager is to engage with investee companies in order to satisfy ourselves that they are acting in the best interests of shareholders. We believe that shareholder engagement can help to support good corporate governance. This is important not only because it advocates shareholder interests directly, but also because of the wider benefits it can have from an economic, social and environmental perspective. Therefore, we seek to establish a dialogue with investee companies so that we can share our objectives and expectations in an open and transparent manner. We hope that, by doing so, important decisions at our investee companies will always be made with shareholders’ interests in mind. The need to engage with investee companies is particularly important to us, given our long term approach to investing. Once we buy a stock, we hope to hold it indefinitely. Because of this, we want to make sure that the companies we invest in are run on a sustainable basis. Our primary concern is to ensure that the company continues to allocate capital in a manner which creates value for shareholders. We are also concerned with the structure of management remuneration. We encourage our investee companies to reward management in a way which promotes long term, sustainable growth, and which ensures that the interests of management are aligned with the interests of shareholders. It is important to note that, although we engage with all investee companies and vote on all corporate governance issues, we are not an ‘activist’ shareholder. In other words, we do not seek to effect disruptive change. Our strategy is to invest in good companies. If we thought that significant change was required for a company to deliver a good return, we wouldn’t invest in the first place. It should also be noted that we are subject to strict regulatory and contractual limitations which prevent us from exerting a significant influence on the companies in which we invest. Therefore, we will only ever be a minority shareholder.
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