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ISS Updates Proxy Voting Guidelines for U.S. Public Companies

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last month, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) updated its proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming proxy season. The updates, summarized in part below, are effective for shareholder meetings on or after Feb. 1, 2018....more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - 1. Cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity preparedness is essential in 2018 as the risk of, and associated adverse impact of, breaches continue to rise. The past year redefined the upward bounds of the...more

ISS Releases 2018 Voting Policy Updates

by White & Case LLP on

On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") published updates to its benchmark proxy voting policy applicable to shareholder meetings held on or after February 1, 2018. The policy updates are the...more

CEOs Take a Collaborative Approach to Creating More Inclusive Workplaces

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Numerous studies show that a diverse workforce can increase innovation, provide a competitive edge in selling products and services to different markets, improve decision-making, and significantly increase profits. But, these...more

ISS Announces 2018 Updates to US Proxy Voting Guidelines

Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently announced updates to its U.S. proxy voting guidelines for the 2018 proxy season. Although the updates are not likely to have a significant impact on 2018...more

FTSE gender balance a year on – is progress being made?

by Dechert LLP on

The Hampton-Alexander Review (the “Review”), an independent, business led review supported by the UK Government, has published its ‘one year on’ supplementary report on gender balance in FTSE leadership....more

New Study Shows Progress for GCs on Boards

An update to Blakes groundbreaking study on women general counsel (GCs) on boards was published this week. Blakes Interim Board Report 2017: Opportunities for Women General Counsel provides a progress report following the...more

CSA Reports Another Small Step for Women; Still No Giant Leap for Humankind

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently published CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 58-309 Staff Review of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions – Compliance with NI 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate...more

What's Moving the Needle? Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On October 5, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 58-309 – Staff Review of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions – Compliance with NI 58-101 Disclosure of...more

Blog: PwC’s 2017 Annual Corporate Directors Survey shows directors “clearly out of step” with institutional investors on social...

by Cooley LLP on

In its Annual Corporate Directors Survey for 2017, PwC surveyed 886 directors of public companies and concluded that there is a “real divide” between directors and institutional investors (which own 70% of U.S. public...more

The NYC Comptroller and Pension Funds Boardroom Accountability Project 2.0

Board composition is increasingly at the forefront of governance activists’ focus and initiatives. A recent, high-profile example of this comes from New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and the New York City Pension...more

Corporate social responsibility and diversity policies: comply or explain

by White & Case LLP on

On 11 September 2017, Belgium published a new bill requiring certain large companies to disclose "non-financial" (relating to social, environmental and employee matters, protection for human rights, anti-corruption and...more

NYC Pension Funds Set Their Sights on Board Diversity

by Jones Day on

The Background: The NYC Pension Funds, which led the largely successful campaign to implement proxy access rights across corporate America, have launched a new crusade to improve the diversity of corporate boards....more

Proposed UK Corporate Governance Reforms Target Executive Pay Justification, Employee Engagement

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The UK government has proposed several corporate governance reforms in an effort to improve transparency and accountability in private and public employers....more

Blog: Studies Show Hedge Fund Activists Have Adverse Impact On Board Diversity And Target More Firms With Women CEOs

by Cooley LLP on

While more and more institutional holders and asset managers are noisily promoting board diversity among their portfolio companies—including, most recently, the NYC Comptroller and the NYC pension funds—hedge fund activists...more

NYC Comptroller Launches “Boardroom Accountability Project 2.0”: Pushing for More Diversity, Independence and Climate Expertise

by Locke Lord LLP on

On September 8, 2017, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and the New York City Pension Funds announced the launch of the “Boardroom Accountability Project 2.0.” The goal of Project 2.0 is to make the boards of 151...more

Blog: Will Board Diversity Be The New Proxy Access?

by Cooley LLP on

In 2014, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, who oversees the NYC pension funds, submitted proxy access proposals to 75 companies—and ignited the push for proxy access at public companies across the U.S. The form of proxy access...more

New York City Comptroller Launches Campaign for Corporate Board Diversity, Independence, and Climate Expertise

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and the New York City Pension Funds launched the “Boardroom Accountability Project 2.0.” The campaign seeks to make corporate boards more diverse, independent, and...more

Blog: Asset Managers Support Shareholder Proposals For Board Diversity—Will It Make A Difference?

by Cooley LLP on

There’s been chatter about board gender diversity for a long time and, while there has been some modest progress, we have yet to see any dramatic breakthroughs. Now some of the largest asset managers are not just talking the...more

ISS Releases 2018 Policy Survey

As is usual in the doldrums of summer, ISS has released its 2018 policy survey which generally foreshadows changes to ISS’ voting policies. In prior years, not everything on the survey resulted in a new voting policy. ...more

Blakes Board Report: Opportunities for Women General Counsel

2016 S&P/TSX Composite Board Study - In late 2016, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) initiated a novel study to examine the involvement of general counsel and lawyers on the board of directors of Canadian publicly...more

All [A]Board: Insights and Inspirations for Your Journey to and in the Boardroom

[co-author: Olga Mack, Clearslide] Carly and Olga were law school classmates at Berkeley Law and have continued their friendship and professional collaboration ever since. They serve as board members for both for-profit...more

Different Power Rules Apply to Men than to Women (LWB Farewell Series)

by William Henderson on

A just released study by the Yale Law Women documents that class participation at Yale Law tends to be disproportionately male (H/T to Jeff and Lior Strahilevitz at Prawfblawg). Although the report offers prescriptive advice...more

Top Board Concerns Heading into 2017 Remain a Hot Topic

by Snell & Wilmer on

Each year, a number of surveys and commentators describe and predict the trending topics of interest and importance to boards of directors in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. As we wrap up the first quarter of 2017, it...more

A perspective on the unequal representation of women in leadership

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

It is an indisputable fact that women are not equally represented in leadership roles or management positions in Australian companies and governments, not even close. Even in 2016, this is the case in almost all arenas of...more

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