ICGN’s 2023 Proxy Season Review:
About the event
ICGN’s Proxy Season Round-up considers annual voting trends, appraise the continued increase in shareholder proposals related to corporate sustainability policies, equity audits, corporate political activity, climate related disclosure and so on.
We will convene business leaders and international investors to proactively engage and anticipate what’s next on the horizon.
Save the date: 21 September 2023
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21 September 2023 - ICGN Proxy Season Review 2023.Please note, this is a working draft agenda: The programme is subject to change08:30 – 09:30Registration08:45 – 09:15Optional Breakfast Briefing - ICGN Work Plan: 2023 and Beyond
The ICGN Board and management team welcomes ICGN members to meet and hear about our work plan for the year ahead and beyond. As a member-led organisation, your views are vital in shaping ICGN‘s agenda around the world. We will inform you about our latest policy initiatives, education, developments, and conferencing programme. The meeting is open for members and also stakeholders interested in joining our valued network.09:30 – 09:40Welcome from ICGN
Kerrie Waring, CEO, ICGN09:40 – 10:40Plenary 1: Post-Covid AGM Practices and Shareholder Rights
Discussing the practice of companies adopting virtual only AGMs – should companies be required to provide hybrid AGMs to allow global investors to have the option of virtual or live participation? ICGN encourages regulators to adequately consult with shareholders and stakeholders in the event any changes to regulation or legislation regarding AGMs, particularly matters impacting shareholder rights, are being considered.10:40 – 11:40Plenary 2: Investor views: Strategic drivers and evolving challenges
Discussing top investor stewardship priorities, the environmental, social and governance issues that pose the most significant long-term risks and opportunities to investors. Together with related sub-themes, these priorities provide the framework for engagement the companies.11:40 – 12:00Networking and Refreshments12:00 – 13:00Plenary 3: Universal Proxy Rules: Discussing the ongoing evolution
Universal proxy card rules are the most significant change in corporate governance since say-on-pay and could amplify already complex proxy dynamics. Contests to date, as well as the new guidance from the SEC, suggest that the future of proxy solicitations may be meaningfully different from what they have been in the past.13:00 – 14:00Networking Lunch14:00 – 15:00Plenary 4: Shareholder Engagement and the Proxy Process
How are organisations participating in a dialogue in a way that can be helpful for all parties involved? Discussing f engagement with key constituencies of a firm’s investors15:00 – 16:00Plenary 5: Must-haves for Enhancing ESG Disclosures in the Proxy
It is notable how frequently companies are now including a general ESG section in their proxy statements. Discussing how ESG has been integrated into their governance and the current state of their ESG programs, recently launched initiatives, ESG performance metrics, and noting ESG achievements. This session will debate key what the ESG disclosure information points are and current best practises.16:00 – 16:20Networking and Refreshments16:20 – 17:20Plenary 6: Technology innovation in the proxy voting ecosystem08:30 – 09:30Registration17:20 – 17:30Closing Remarks and Close of Conference
Kerrie Waring, CEO, ICGN