Council of Institutional Investors

Section: January 19, 2023 | Vol. 28, Issue 3
CII Suggests Changes to PCAOB’s Proposed Amendments on Quality Control

In a January 19 letter to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), CII generally supports many of the PCAOB’s proposed amendments on quality control, but recommends that the proposal include a several improvements.
CII Tracks Decline in Percentage of Companies Going Public with Unequal Voting in 2022
A smaller proportion of companies that went public in 2022 adopted dual-class structures than in 2021, new research by CII finds. In 2022, 85% of newly public companies tracked by CII had equal voting structures, an increase from 77% in 2021.
GOP State Attorneys General Confront ISS & Glass Lewis on Climate Change

Twenty-one Republican state attorneys general sent a letter January 17 to Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis (GL) alleging that the proxy voting firms violated their contractual obligations and legal duties by “advocating for and acting in alignment with climate change goals.”
Group Urges SEC to Revisit Credit Rating Agency Reform
A group of academics and non-profits January 13 submitted a petition asking the SEC to implement three policy clarifications, with implications for credit rating agencies and those who rely on their ratings. The petition asserts that the reforms require no new rulemaking.
Apple Agrees to Report on Workers’ Rights to Organize
Ahead of its March 10 annual meeting, Apple agreed to conduct a third-party assessment, overseen by its board, of the company’s adherence to its Human Rights Policy with a focus on the rights of workers to organize and bargain collectively.
Acting Comptroller of Currency Explains Plans to Clamp Down on Management Failures at Big Banks

Michael Hsu, acting comptroller of the currency, spoke January 17 about regulating large financial institutions as part of a “Too Big to Manage?” event at the Brookings Institution’s Center on Regulation and Markets.
New PwC Report Provides Directors with Guidance on Building Stakeholders’ Trust

PwC advises corporate directors on how to build trust with shareholders, employees, customers and regulators in a new publication, Using transparency to build trust: A corporate director’s guide.