As we head into the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) season in Australia, this edition of Sovereign Insights considers the governance trends and voting concerns of global institutional shareholders.

If you wish to discuss how companies are responding to any of the trends or insights raised in our newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact Sovereign Governance Advisory directly.

In this Edition

Included in this edition is an Australian AGM season primer for boards and senior management covering the headline governance sensitivities companies need to be across and that have been recurring themes in our recent discussions with shareholder representatives and proxy advisors.  

It was our pleasure to speak with Ms. Camille Wynter of AMP Capital around their governance engagement topics and broader considerations leading into this AGM season, including aspects to remuneration and modern slavery.   

Consistent with continued AGM-related ESG shareholder activism, we include a summarised research piece by the Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) that highlights how Australia’s 50 largest superannuation funds voted on a range of shareholder proposals in 2018 in Australia and overseas markets.

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