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2014 Proxy Season

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February 2, 2015 Environmentalists in California target Chevron election spending

The Business Insider - The resolution, which will be voted on at the companyâs May meeting, was brought by îGreen Centuryî Capital Management, a âfossil fuel freeâ mutual fund that bought $2,000...

January 30, 2015 Shareholder voting system is ‘antiquated,’ causes errors: report

Source: Business News Network

Canada’s shareholder voting system is “antiquated and fragmented,” causing numerous errors in vote counts at companies’ meetings, securities regulators have concluded following a lengthy review of problems with counting...

January 29, 2015 Church of England to file shareholder resolutions at BP, Shell AGMs

Investment Pensions Europe - The Church Commissioners and Church of England Pensions Board are to co-file shareholder resolutions on climate change at the annual general meetings of BP and Shell next year. The two bodies, which...

January 29, 2015 Our Top Five Tips for Companies and Boards in advance of the 2015 Proxy Season

Source: Mondaq

As a new year begins, it is always a good time to take stock of the successes of the past year and look forward to doing even better in 2015. Shareholder activism will continue to be a “hot topic” for publicly listed issuers in...

January 28, 2015 Shareholders threaten boards over 'proxy access'

USA Today - "This is not going to be a merry dance," said Anne Simpson, senior portfolio manager with California Public Employees' Retirement System (îCalpersî), which manages a massive $296.3 billion in state pension...

January 27, 2015 Should Boards of Directors Communicate With Shareholders? Vanguard Says Yes. Many Directors Say No.

Source: Huff Post

Shareholder-director communication has become a popular topic for corporations, most recently spurred by Vanguard's December 4, 2014 announcement that it will propose "shareholder liaison committees" to the boards of companies in...

January 22, 2015 A look ahead to the 2015 proxy season (Canada)

Source: Stikeman Elliot

When looking at the shareholder proposals voted on at S&P 1500 companies that held their annual meetings in the first half of 2014, three themes of interest stand out.

January 20, 2015 S.E.C. Reversal May Clear Way for Shareholders to Challenge Companies

Source: NY Times

With the reversal of a ruling that kept corporate governance questions from being put to a company’s investors, the Securities and Exchange Commission has potentially cleared the way for such challenges to spread at annual...

January 16, 2015 Bank of America strikes deal to avoid activist resolution on chairman role

Reuters - chair of the îInterfaith Center on Corporate Responsibilityî. It had sponsored the resolution and recently forced JPMorgan Chase & Co to complete a similar review. Bank of America spokesman James Mahoney...

January 14, 2015 Preparing for the 2015 Proxy Season

Source: JDSupra

Similar to last year, there are no new disclosure requirements which need to be reflected in this year’s proxy statement; however, with ongoing shareholder activism and the desire of companies to communicate effectively with...

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