The Manhattan Institute's Proxy Monitor project, featuring the first publicly available database cataloging shareholder proposals and Dodd-Frank-mandated executive-compensation advisory votes at America's largest companies, released its first Finding of the 2013 proxy season.
In 2013 to date, as in 2012, the most regularly introduced class of shareholder proposals seeks limits on or greater disclosures of corporate political spending and lobbying. The second-most frequently introduced type of proposal, again consistent with 2012, seeks to require companies to have an "independent chairman" separate from the company's chief executive officer.
This finding summarizes early 2013 trends in shareholder-proposal submission and voting, as well as executive-compensation advisory voting, paying special attention to proposals seeking to split the chairman and CEO roles. The finding also highlights the shareholder proposals of interest on the horizon between now and mid-May, focusing on four classes of proposals of particular interest: splitting the chairman and CEO, political spending and lobbying, board declassification, and proxy access.