Proxy access is not about giving shareholder’s rights, it is about checking C-suite power so that everyone wins instead of just the CEOs. Proxy access has the potential to address some of the pressing issues with corporate power. Corporate power and influence are concentrated in the board of directors, proxy access gives shareholders the opportunity to infiltrate this exclusive “inner circle” of power. Shareholder access to the board can push change towards greater diversity in the boardroom and demand greater transparency and compliance.
Gilbert Carrillo Executive Editor Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D. 2017 The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected to propose new rules that would make it easier for shareholders to vote on board candidates nominated by investors, versus those pushed by the company’s management. What impact could this have on compliance departments? …