Shareholder Rights Project Announces Major Results

The Latest from HLS Clinical Programs 2014-04-18

Via the Shareholder Rights Project

The Shareholder Rights Project (SRP) is a clinical program operating at Harvard Law School and directed by Professor Lucian Bebchuk. The SRP works on behalf of public pension funds and charitable organizations seeking to improve corporate governance at publicly traded companies, as well as on research and policy projects related to corporate governance.

The Shareholder Rights Project (SRP), working with SRP-represented investors, is pleased to announce the high level of company responsiveness to engagements during the 2014 proxy season. Major results obtained so far include the following:

  • Following active engagement, about three-quarters of the S&P 500 and Fortune 500 companies that received declassification proposals for 2014 annual meetings from SRP-represented investors have already entered into agreements to move towards board declassification.
  • This outcome reinforces the SRP’s expectation (announced in its news alert on December 4, 2013) that, by the end of 2014, the work of the SRP and SRP-represented investors will have resulted in about 100 board declassifications by S&P 500 and Fortune 500 companies.

Read the news alert and learn more about the Shareholder Rights Project on their website.