Proxy Season Resources


NIRI, IR Update, "Shareholder ESG Proposals on the Rise" (September 2017).

PwC/Broadridge Financial, "2017 Proxy Season Review" (September 2017).

ISS Corporate Services, "Eight Key Trends from the 2017 U.S. Proxy Season" (September 2017).

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, Letter to Portfolio Companies (September 2017).

F. William McNabb III, CEO, Vanguard, "An Open Letter to Directors of Public Companies Worldwide" (August 2017)

Alliance Advisors LLC, "2017 Proxy Season Review" (August 2017).

Weil, Gotshal & Manges, "Companies are Facing Pressure on Multiple Fronts to Improve Board Diversity" (August 2017)

Pearl Meyer, "Weigh the Human Factor When Communicating the CEO Pay Ratio" (August 2017).

CamberView Partners, "The CEO-to-Employee Pay Ratio Rule: Begin Thinking About Messaging Now" (August 2017)

Equilar, C-Suite magazine, "Rising Tide: Shareholder proposals on climate change flood the boardroom" (Summer 2017)

CamberView Partners, "S&P Dow Jones Indices and FTSE Russell Announce Decisions on Exclusion of Companies with Multiple-Class Share Structures" (August 2017).

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, "2017 Proxy Season Review" (July 2017).

JP Morgan, "The 2017 Proxy Season" (July 2017).

EY Center for Board Matters, "2017 Proxy Season Review," (June 2017).

CamberView Partners, "After the AGM: How boards can prepare for next year" (June 2017)

Semler Brossy, "Say on Pay" (weekly reports), (June 2017). 

New York Times-Equilar, "Equilar 200: Ranking the Largest CEO Pay Packages," (May 2017).

Institutional Shareholder Services, "U.S. Proxy Season Half-Time Update" (May 2017)​.

Alliance Advisors, "2017 Proxy Season Preview" (April 2017).

Georgeson, "Proxy Season Preparedness: Strategies for the 'On' Season" (March 2017).

FleishmanHillard/Byrd Governance Advisory, "2016 Proxy Season Review and Looking Ahead at 2017" (March 2017).

Semler Brossy Consulting Group, "Predictions for the 2017 Proxy Season" (March 2017).

As You Sow Foundation, "Proxy Preview" (March 2017) (preview of ESG shareholder proposals).

RANE Network-Vinson & Elkins, Webinar Recap: "Proxy Season 2016: A Look Back and A Look Ahead" (September 2016).

PwC-Broadridge, "Proxy Pulse: 2016 Proxy Season Review" (September 2016).

Stanford University, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, "Gadflies at the Gate: Why Do Individual Investors Sponsor Shareholder Resolutions?" (August 2016).

Sullivan & Cromwell, "2016 Proxy Season Review" (July 2016).

Passive Investing and Investment Management Trends

NIRI, IR Update, "Staying Active in a Passive World" (May 2017).

CFA Institute, "Future State of the Investment Profession" (April 2017).

Wharton School, Knowledge@Wharton, "Vanguard’s CEO on the Future of Investment Management" (March 2017)

Goldman Sachs, Global Market Institute, "Directors’ Dilemma: Responding to the Rise
of Passive Investing" (January 2017)

UBS, "Active vs Passive: How Will the World of Investing Evolve? (part 1 of 2)" (January 2017).

The Wall Street Journal, "Meet the New Corporate Power Brokers" (October 24, 2016).

The New Yorker, "Is Passive Investment Actively Hurting the Economy?" (May 9, 2016).

NIRI Resources on Corporate Governance

NIRI Webinar Replay, "Investor Perspective: Focus on the Long-Term -- The 2016 Proxy Season and Beyond (March 2016).

Muriel S. Lange, "Skin in the Game," IR Update (August 2014).

Ted Allen, "Engaging With Proxy Advisory Firms," IR Update (January 2014).

Shareholder Activism

Bishop, Jackson, et al., Columbia Law School, "Activist Directors and Information Leakage" (March 2017).

Leo Strine Jr., "Who Bleeds When the Wolves Bite? A Flesh-and-Blood Perspective on Hedge Fund Activism and Our Strange Corporate Governance System," Yale Law Journal (2017).


Engagement/Governance Principles

Buffett, Dimon, Fink, et al., "Commonsense Corporate Governance Principles" (July 2016).

PwC Governance Insights Center, "Director-Shareholder Engagement: the New Imperatives" (June 2016).

Dorsey, "Board Refreshment: Investors Respond to Trends in Mandatory Retirement Age and Tenure with More Stringent Voting Policies" (April 2016).

Council of Institutional Investors, "Best Disclosure: Company-Shareholder Engagement" (December 2015).

Business Roundtable, "Principles of Corporate Governance" (2012).


Proxy Advisory Firms

Institutional Shareholder Services (Issuer Portal)
Glass Lewis & Co. (Issuer Overview)

U.S. Government Accountability Office, "Proxy Advisory Firms' Role in Voting and Corporate Governance Practices" (November 2016) 

Additional Resources

Darla Stuckey, Society for Corporate Governance, Testimony Before the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets, “Corporate Governance: Fostering a System that Promotes Capital Formation and Maximizes Shareholder Value,” September 2016.

IRRC Institute & Tapestry Networks, "Buybacks and the Board: Director Perspectives on the Share Repurchase Revolution" (August 2016).

EY Center for Board Studies, "How Can Data Lead to Better Corporate Governance" (Summer 2016).


Sustainability Issues and Reporting

Pamela Styles, "The Current State of Sustainability Communications," IR Update, June-July 2017

NIRI Webinar Replay, "Sustainability Reporting and Disclosure: How Is This Important for IR?" (March 2017)

Denise Kuprionis and Pamela Styles, "Translating Sustainability into a Language Your Board Understands" (February 2017)

Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, "Approach to Materiality & Standards Development."

Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, "Field Guide" (guidance for 79 industry groups).

Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, "About SASB: An Introduction for Companies." 

Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, "Why & How Mainstream Investors are Using Sustainability Information."