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Broadridge offers comprehensive investor communications and proxy processing services for international banks and brokers, institutions, and for corporate issuers and their agents.

We offer a fully automated electronic suite of products supporting straight through processing from account collection and agenda distribution, through vote processing in over 70 markets.

GMI Rating Reports are available to authorized users over the ProxyEdge Lite platform. While GMI does not offer proxy voting recommendations, GMI Rating Reports provide useful background information and additional detail for high profile and significant proxy votes throughout the year. Please see http://broadridge.com for additional information.

Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, provides high-impact information and workflow solutions to over 2,400 leading financial institutions, advisory firms, and corporations. Its solutions are based on the Capital IQ Platform, a unique combination of global private and public capital market data and technology that enables end-users to draw deep market insights, generate better ideas, leverage relationships, and simplify workflow. Clients can deploy the Capital IQ Platform either as a standalone solution or seamlessly integrate its components into existing business applications and portals via systems integration and data feeds.

GMI Rating Reports are now available over the Capital IQ Company Intelligence platform. For more information, please visit Capital IQ's web site at www.capitaliq.com.

The launch of a new website at www.corporate-engagement.com formally opens the European Centre for Corporate Engagement (ECCE) research platform. ECCE aims to become the international source of innovative and practically relevant information on corporate social responsibility and sustainable investment, with both academics and practitioners in mind. Through research, ECCE intends to help (institutional) investors remove barriers to successful implementation of sustainable investment strategies. ECCE also explicitly aims to develop new instruments.

ECCE is a joint initiative of Professor Kees Koedijk, affiliated with the Erasmus University/Rotterdam School of Management, Professor Rob Bauer of the University of Maastricht, and assistant professor Jeroen Derwall. In 2002 and 2005, their team received the U.S. Social Investment Forum's prestigious Moskowitz Prize. Also in 2005, they obtained a large grant from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) to conduct research into the role of financial markets in promoting sustainable development. These awards have underpinned the existence of the ECCE. International ties have been established with Governance Metrics International (GMI) and Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, among others.

For more than 30 years, the name IRRC has been synonymous with high quality, impartial research on environmental, social and corporate governance issues affecting investors and corporations worldwide.

The new IRRC Institute for Corporate Responsibility is a completely independent, not-for-profit organization looking to continue this tradition of excellence. The Institute will act as a catalyst for thought leaders, conduct research and related activities on its own initiative and in collaboration with other organizations and disseminate the resulting information to the public and to investors. Its focus will be on broad corporate governance and corporate responsibility issues that are important to the linkage of broad societal issues to investment performance. The scope of activities will be global, recognizing the international relevance of such issues. Please see www.irrcinstitute.org for additional information.

There is a growing view among investment professionals that environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues can affect the performance of investment portfolios. Investors fulfilling their fiduciary or equivalent duty therefore need to give appropriate consideration to these issues, but to date have lacked a framework for doing so. The Principles for Responsible Investment provide this framework. The Principles are voluntary and aspirational. They are not prescriptive, but instead provide a menu of possible actions for incorporating ESG issues into mainstream investment decision-making and ownership practices. Signing represents a very real commitment to the Principles, demonstrating support from the top-level leadership of the whole investment business. And applying the Principles should not only lead to better long-term financial returns but also a closer alignment between the objectives of institutional investors and those of society at large. GMI is proud to be a signatory to the Principles since their inception in 2006.

Thomson Financial is the leading global provider of integrated information-based solutions to the financial community. Serving investment banks, broker-dealers, asset management firms, wealth management providers and corporations with a wide range of institutional- and retail-oriented tools that cover the equities, fixed-income and other markets worldwide.

Thomson Financial helps financial professionals across the spectrum make smarter, faster decisions and improve their performance. Thomson Financial provides clients with a vast array of premium financial data, pricing, analytics, research, calculations and news. Building on its value-added content, Thomson Financial has integrated software, tools and applications to create a delivery platform - Thomson ONE - that permits clients to leverage their unique way of doing business and enhance their competitive advantage. Favorably received by the financial industry, Thomson ONE has been cited as Best Online Professional Information Service by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). Most recently, SIIA named Thomson Financial News Best Online Professional Financial Information Service in 2007. GMI's company research reports can be found within Thomson ONE. To learn more visit us at www.thomson.com/financial

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