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NEW YORK, N.Y., APRIL 23, 2019 – The ProxyPulse™ report released today shows that environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) matters are gaining the attention of shareholders and public company boards.
“Support for shareholder proposals rose among institutional investors and retail shareholders, alike, to 43% of the shares voted,” said Chuck Callan, Broadridge SVP, Regulatory Affairs. “That’s a higher level than we’ve seen in recent years. The proposals spanned a wide range of topics, including board diversity, climate change, political contributions, voting rights, proxy access, and executive pay, among other topics.”
Voting results from 1,024 public company annual shareholder meetings held during the “mini proxy season” (July 1 and December 31, 2018) were released today by Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR) and the PwC Governance Insights Center, together with insights on the 2019 proxy season. The report can be found at: www.ProxyPulse.com.
Some specifics from this “mini proxy season” include:
ProxyPulse is based in part on Broadridge’s processing of shares held in street name, which accounts for more than 80 percent of all shares outstanding of U.S. publicly-listed companies. Shareholder voting trends during a proxy season represent a snapshot in time and may not be predictive of full-year results.
ProxyPulse is a collaboration between Broadridge, the leading provider of investor communications solutions and the PwC Governance Insights Center, a group that supports directors and investors with governance knowledge. Visit ProxyPulse.com to access the full report.
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR), a $4 billion global Fintech leader and a part of the S&P 500® Index, is a leading provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions to banks, broker-dealers, asset managers and corporate issuers globally. Broadridge’s investor communications, securities processing and managed services solutions help clients reduce their capital investments in operations infrastructure, allowing them to increase their focus on core business activities. With over 50 years of experience, Broadridge’s infrastructure underpins proxy voting services for over 50 percent of public companies and mutual funds globally, and processes on average more than US $5 trillion in fixed income and equity trades per day. Broadridge employs over 10,000 full-time associates in 18 countries.
For more information about Broadridge, please visit www.broadridge.com
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