Shareholder engagement

Proactive shareholder engagement can be a win-win. Boards can help.

There has been a shift in the corporate governance world relating to shareholder engagement.  Shareholders are exerting more influence than ever on how boards and management teams operate. We have seen a trend to an “investor-centric” model in which institutional investors and shareholder activists demand greater transparency, including more engagement with independent directors.

Shareholders are eager for more personal interactions with directors where they can discuss topics like board composition, executive compensation, and management performance and even how companies choose to allocate their capital.

The majority of directors have become more comfortable with direct board-shareholder communications around corporate governance issues and have made significant strides in establishing protocols and practices to structure their communications with investors. For these reasons, it’s important that boards use a thoughtful and proactive approach when considering shareholder engagement.

Director-Shareholder Insights

As companies’ shareholder engagement efforts grow, directors play increasingly important roles in interacting with shareholders. We outline our perspectives on the hot topics that are vital to both the investor and board governance worlds—topics like:

  • Board composition and tenure
  • Share repurchase and dividend programs
  • Board self-evaluations

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Contact us

Paula Loop
Leader, Governance Insights Center
Tel: +1 (646) 471 1881

Catherine Bromilow
Partner, Governance Insights Center
Tel: +1 (973) 236 4120

Terry Ward
Partner, Governance Insights Center
Tel: +1 (612) 326 2066

Paul DeNicola
Managing Director, Governance Insights Center
Tel: +1 (646) 471 8897

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