Efforts related to shareholder votes on management compensation agenda items are considered disproportionate compared to their value relevance. This is a finding of the third corporate governance survey conducted by the Swiss proxy advisor SWIPRA. All surveyed groups – pension funds, Swiss and foreign institutional asset managers and all SPI® companies – do not perceive compensation related agenda items as the most important value driver for a company, while the analysis of these agenda items was particularly time-consuming during the 2015 general meeting season. Further important findings show that all participants are in general critical with respect to additional regulation concerning corporate governance. A disagreement regarding the value of shareholder voting rights exists: Unlike institutional asset managers, pension funds only see little value in exercising shareholder voting rights.
The press release can be found here.
The presentation of the key results can be found here.