D.F. King 2021 AGM Season Review
1. November 2021
|Themengebiete||ESG (inkl. Nachhaltigkeit & Governance), Investoren, IR-Kompetenz|
Companies held more accountable by shareholders despite AGM participation levels falling
- Average AGM attendance rates in the UK market dipped in 2021, falling to 73.9% from 75.9% in 2020
- ESG priorities gain momentum among shareholders, with 11 climate items raised compared to three the previous year
- Unprecedented scrutiny for executive pay outcomes
Last year’s AGM season underscored the accelerated transformation from a shareholder-to-stakeholder model. Companies were increasingly scrutinised in connection with their boards’ ability to become more aligned, more inclusive, and more accountable to shareholders and stakeholders, according to new research from D.F. King Ltd, Orient Capital’s specialist proxy solicitation and shareholder engagement team.
Although boards are being held to account more than ever on impacts to environment and society, shareholders are expecting this as well as, not instead of, profitability and long term strategy. As a result, Boards are facing mounting pressure to meet these growing shareholder expectations.
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