Shareholder interest in ESG issues continued to impact annual meetings in the 2019 proxy season, according to Georgeson’s 2019 Annual Corporate Governance Review, with new E&S shareholder proposals emerging. There was additional focus in the 2019 proxy season on human capital management issues including sexual harassment prevention, gender pay gap reporting and diversity at all levels.
Other topics covered in this report:
- Arjuna Capital’s gender pay gap efforts in 2019, including proposals asking companies to disclose unadjusted pay gap data and greater support for pay gap-related proposals
- An increase in lobbying and political contributions that received majority shareholder support
- Growing investor vote support for key E&S shareholder proposals
- Continued and high-level support for say-on-pay proposals in 2019, with 91% of votes at both S&P 500 and S&P 1500 being cast in favor
- A decrease in overall support for director elections from large investors, including BlackRock and Vanguard
This report was produced in collaboration with Proxy Insight.
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