The below is an overview of the 2019 proxy season trends:
- Environmental and social (E&S) issues continued to dominate the shareholder proposal landscape this proxy season with submissions outpacing those on governance and compensation for a third year running. However, this year social issues took center stage, securing 11 majority votes—nearly matching last year’s record 12 majority votes across all E&S categories.
- Political spending resolutions vaulted to the top of the list among E&S submissions, a trend that is likely to continue next year in the runup to the 2020 presidential elections.
- Climate change resolutions, on the other hand, grew scarcer due to successful engagements and a high degree of omissions, largely on ordinary business and substantial implementation grounds.
- Submissions of governance resolutions were in their third year of decline, primarily due to a sizable drop in proxy access proposals.
- The compensation lineup produced two majority votes on clawback provisions, which saw a resurgence in filings last year as part of an investor campaign targeting opioid manufacturers.
These highlights and more are discussed in detail in our July 2019 newsletter, which may be downloaded from the link below:Click here to download