ISS released its updated proxy voting policies effective for annual meetings held on or after February 1, 2018, which are available here. We previewed ISS’s proposed voting policy changes in our Alert available here. The policy changes include several new policies, as well as codification of existing policies focusing primarily board composition, accountability and responsiveness. In this Alert we provide guidance for U.S. public companies on addressing these developments and practical tips for “What to do Now?” Companies should become familiar with these new policies, especially those that could implicate ISS voting recommendations for their upcoming director elections, and continue to engage with their institutional investors on important governance matters.
Heads Up for the 2018 Proxy Season: ISS Updates Proxy Voting Policies – Board Composition, Accountability and Responsiveness in the Spotlight
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