Large-Scale Governance Reforms in S&P 500 Companies
The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation 2013-02-13
In its 2012 Annual Report released today, and in joint press releases issued today with institutional investors it represents, the Shareholder Rights Project (SRP) provided detailed information about the outcomes of its work with SRP-represented investors during 2012, the SRP’s first full year of operations.
As discussed below, major results obtained during 2012 include the following (for complete details on all outcomes see the Annual Report):
- 48 S&P 500 companies (listed here) entering into agreements to move toward declassification;
- 38 successful precatory proposals (listed here), with average support of 82% of votes cast;
- Over 60% of successful precatory proposals by public pension funds and over 30% of all successful precatory proposals; and
- 42 board declassifications (listed here), reducing the number of classified boards among S&P 500 companies by one-third.
Expected Impact by End of 2013: As a result of these outcomes and the ongoing work of the SRP and SRP-represented investors, it is estimated that a majority of the 126 S&P 500 companies that had classified boards at the beginning of 2012 will have moved toward annual elections by the end of 2013.