Proxy Season, Special
Reports, Access to Research and Reports
Briefing Papers in the first quarter of each year offer comprehensive overviews of key issues raised by shareholder activists, explaining the public policy context for shareholder proposal campaigns and how companies are responding to them. Reports are primarily for members, but a select number of papers may be made available to the public. Topics include the following issues:
- climate change, coal, hydraulic fracturing & shale gas, industrial agriculture, toxic materials and general environmental management concerns;
- animal testing, corporate political activity, decent work, diversity, health care, human rights and the media;
- board diversity, board oversight of ESG and sustainability reporting; and
- financial services including fair lending and banking.
Engagement Monitor, an online tool for members, includes detailed, timely tracking of shareholder proposals. It identifies the resolution proponents and status of each proposal during proxy season—including meeting dates, if the proposals are omitted because of Securities and Exchange Commission staff decisions or withdrawn by the proponents, and timely reporting of any final voting results. The Engagement Monitor includes a search tool that allows customized filtering and sorting of the data, with links to related Si2 reports and source materials.
Action Reports for members are impartial, in-depth company-specific reports on the resolution we cover that go to votes. The reports include a concise accounting and analysis of the issue as it relates to the company, the company’s performance on the issue and how it affects the company’s operations, plus comparisons of the company’s conduct to other firms, particularly industry peers. These reports include a careful survey of the information required for determining an investor’s considered vote reflecting its own proxy voting guidelines or overall mission. Si2 analysts provide pre-publication drafts to companies and proponents to solicit feedback and ensure accuracy, and attempt to interview representative stakeholders with different views on the issues at stake.
An Annual Proxy Season Forecast and Mid-Season Reportprovide critical context for the proxy season. Sections cover developments at the Securities and Exchange Commission and other applicable regulatory bodies, as well as existing and emerging sustainability issues.
The Si2 Blog periodically updates members on breaking news about corporate controversies, including shareholder proposal developments at the SEC and elsewhere, corporate engagement efforts by activist investors and news about Si2.
Outside its coverage of proxy season developments during the first half of each year, Si2 produces special reports for members and the general public, digging deeper into contentious issues facing investors and companies, enabling intelligent discussion of their complexities.
Reports to date include:
How Companies Influence Elections: Political Campaign Spending Patterns and Oversight at America’s Largest Companies
- (IRRC Institute: October 2010)
Corporate Governance of Political Expenditures: 2011 Benchmark Report on S&P 500 Companies
- (IRRC Institute: November 2011)
Discovering Shale Gas: An Investor Guide to Hydraulic Fracturing
- (IRRC Institute: February 2012)
Investor Risks Looming in the Niger Delta
- (July 2012 - PDF File)
Access to Research and
All Si2 research and publications are available through the members-only web portal on this website. Access is available to institutional investors who have joined Si2 through paying an annual membership fee, which entitles them to multiple passwords and provides access to all Si2 publications. Please contact us for pricing information, which is based on a sliding fee scale tied to assets under management or endowment size.