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As a leading voice for good corporate governance, CII engages directly with public companies on our members’ behalf in a variety of ways.

Each year since 1996, we have monitored majority-vote-winning shareowner proposals and sent letters to the boards of each company urging them to adopt the action that their shareowners supported. Similarly, we write to boards where director nominees failed to win majority support in uncontested elections yet kept their seats. CII letters ask that these nominees resign from the board and not be reappointed.

CII also reaches out to select companies where boards have not responded for multiple consecutive years to majority-supported shareowner requests. In 2014, CII targeted six companies that have consistently disregarded the majority votes of shareowners and in many cases failed to respond to repeated requests for dialogue.