Through its research, blogs, and commentary, Farient is driving the conversation on executive compensation and governance issues.

December 5, 2018

ESG Shareholder Proposal Findings That Will Surprise You

ESG shareholder proposal

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) proposals continue to make the rounds. Some of the world’s most influential investors, including State Street, Vanguard and BlackRock, are raising the bar on corporate responsibility. BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s 2018 letter to CEOs, entitled “A Sense of Purpose,” reinforces BlackRock’s position that without a sense of purpose companies cannot achieve their full potential. State Street, in keeping ESG shareholder proposals at the forefront of investor concerns, added an ESG measure for issuers to enable the evaluation of a firm’s focus on long-term profitability. Vanguard just recently launched two new ETFs that invest in ESG responsible companies. And, in an important gain for shareholders around climate change, the Church of England, Nordea Group and Robeco have pushed Royal Dutch Shell to set carbon emissions limits for 2019 and link performance to executive pay. In this Farient Brief, we explore the trends in ESG proposals and voting results.

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November 27, 2018

The Seven “Deadly Sins” for Compensation Committee Agendas in 2019

In the spirit of the holiday season that precedes proxy season, we have developed our “Seven Deadly Sins for Compensation Committees in 2019” that are bound to place you on Santa’s naughty list should you make the mistake of not avoiding them. Our list, which includes specific action steps for committees to take, is based on investor feedback, proxy advisor sentiment and emerging “hot topics” in addition to our own observations.

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November 20, 2018

New York Times – Carlos Ghosn Felt Stars Deserved Big Pay. His Accusers Say He Took That Too Far.

By David Gelles and Motoko Rich

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November 19, 2018

Agenda – ‘Dark Side’ of Power? Governance Pros Weigh In on Nissan Chair’s Arrest

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez

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November 16, 2018

NACD Directorship – Repartee: Gauging the New Normal of Total ‘Stakeholder’ Return

A conversation between John Trentacoste and Phyllis J. Campbell facilitated and edited by Judy Warner

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