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The 2021 Proxy Voting Season in 7 Charts

Support for environment and social proposals hits new heights.

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Investor support for environmental and social (or E&S) ballot proposals has reached new heights in 2021, capping years of incremental gains. At the same time, key votes on pay practices and board governance point to a changing dynamic between shareholders and corporate management.

An important lever for changing corporate behavior is the corporate proxy ballot, where shareholders propose resolutions aimed at improving disclosures and changing company behaviors. These votes aren’t binding, but they carry significant weight when backed by a majority of shareholders.

Jackie Cook does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.