Shareholder Engagement Update: 1Q20

The SEC is threatening to render speechless the very investors
it is mandated to protect.

Goliath VERSUS the Shareholder

The rules that govern investors’ right to bring critical issues to the proxy ballot of our nation’s public companies are under threat. Shareholder “proposals,” or “resolutions,” ensure shareowners have a voice in how companies are run, gently cracking open the echo-chamber that exists between the C-Suite and the board and allowing a diversity of views. Proposals not only highlight the concerns of individual investors, but put those concerns in front of all investors to vote on at the companies’ annual meetings. As far as investing goes, it’s democracy at its best—the right of one share, one vote. It is a right we have utilized efficiently and effectively on our clients’ behalf, pressing portfolio companies to improve everything from climate performance to pay practices. So, if it ain’t broke, why fix it?

Click here to read the full shareholder engagement update.

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