Section: December 14, 2023 | Vol. 28, Issue 45
CII Backs Commerce Department’s Draft Executive Leadership Proposal on Diversity
?CII sent a letter to the Commerce Department December 13 supporting the executive leadership principle in the department’s recently released draft Business Diversity Principles, which describe best practices related to promoting equity and economic development in the private sector.
No Climate Disclosure Rule Could Spell Trouble for U.S. Companies, Gensler Warns
The absence of a U.S. rule on corporate climate disclosure would result in many American companies being forced to comply with European reporting rules such as those issued by the EU’s Corporate Sustainable Reporting Directive (CSRD), SEC Chair Gary Gensler warned when he spoke December 7 to the Council on Foreign Relations.
Gensler Touts SEC’s Accomplishments that Align with CII’s Advocacy Priorities
In a December 7 speech before the American Bar Association, SEC Chair Gary Gensler outlined the rulemakings over the past two years that the SEC has issued related to corporate governance topics, several of which have been on CII’s list of advocacy priorities.
Attorneys General Ask Proxy Advisory Firms for Details on Vote Recommendations on “Debanking” Proposals
Twenty-three Republican attorneys general, led by Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird, sent letters to ISS and Glass Lewis asking the proxy advisors to explain their reasoning behind vote recommendations against shareholder proposals that ask banks to disclose their policies for closing customers’ bank accounts.
Illinois Treasurer Asks Meta to Shed Light on Votes Cast by Independent Shareholders
The Illinois State Treasurer’s Office filed a shareholder proposal asking Meta to disclose the voting results on matters subject to a shareholder vote according to the class of shares, namely differentiating between those shares carrying one voting right and those carrying multiple voting rights, beginning at the company’s 2025 annual meeting of shareholders.
Three Proposals Garner Noteworthy Support at Microsoft’s Annual Meeting
Just three of the 13 shareholder proposals that appeared on Microsoft’s proxy ballot received more than 20% of the votes cast at Microsoft’s December 7 annual meeting.
Disability Inclusion Leaders Financially Outperform Others, Study Finds
Companies that lead on disability inclusion have higher revenue, net income and economic profit, according to a recent report from Accenture, Disability: IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities.
Japan Shines While Hong Kong Falters in Asia Corporate Governance Ranking
Japan’s corporate governance has improved while Hong Kong’s has eroded, according to CG Watch 2023: A new order, a study of corporate governance and ESG norms by the Asian Corporate Governance Association and Chinese investment group CLSA.
News Roundup from the Global Network of Investor Associations
?At a recent meeting of the Global Network of Investor Associations (GNIA), representatives of investor groups shared updates on developments in corporate governance and shareholder rights.