SWIPRA Corporate Governance Survey 2018

Decisions and responsibilities - Decreasing influence of proxy advisors and growing demands on the board of directors

The 6th SWIPRA Corporate Governance Survey provides new insights into the role of proxy advisors. Large international investors are increasingly using standardized data from proxy advisors as a basis for their own decisions instead of just following voting recommendations. In view of the diminishing direct influence of proxy advisors, the dialogue between the board of directors and shareholders, which fosters a mutual understanding, continues gaining importance. The SWIPRA survey shows that investors are demanding more information on board composition, board member independence and the board’s accountability regarding corporate social responsibility (CSR). Issues relating to remuneration and disclosure remain highly relevant. In particular international investors are of the opinion that Swiss companies do not act in a sufficiently socially responsible manner and that CSR goals are not adequately anchored in variable compensations’ performance assessments.

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