Emerging Trends from the 2020 Proxy Season

The 2020 proxy season has been like no other. COVID-19’s human and economic impacts significantly affected business operations, financial performance and annual meeting processes. In the shorter term, many companies were forced into survival mode, yet investor longer term interest in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), sustainability and Human Capital Management (HCM) continues to intensify. Companies are responding with enhanced practices and messaging via multiple channels.

Listen to experts from Bank of America, Willis Towers Watson, Blackrock, PJT Camberview and DFIN as they share their experiences working in this new environment, examine trends emerging from the recent proxy season, and recommend strategies to tell your best proxy story.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How COVID-19 intensified investor focus on risk, supply chains, and culture and emphasized the need to align company practices and disclosures
  • Why ESG shareholder proposals are seeing increased support as investors continue to focus on long term sustainability
  • Trends in board, executive compensation and sustainability disclosure
  • The impact of stock volatility on activism
  • Strategies for 2021 engagement and proxy season planning

Speakers:

Gale Chang, Associate General Counsel, Bank of America
Heather Marshall, Senior Director Talent and Rewards, Willis Towers Watson
Jessica McDougall, Vice President, Blackrock Investment Stewardship
Sheena VanLeuven, Vice President, PJT Camberview

Moderator:

Ron Schneider, Director of Corporate Governance Services, DFIN