Even as a minority shareholder, it is useful and important to make your voice heard in order to fight best practices in governance and CSR. Recent years have shown how minority shareholders can represent a real counterweight to majority and/or reference shareholders and are increasingly being taken into account.
Proxy voters, or investor advisory companies on their engagement and voting rights policy, play an increasing role in the governance of listed companies. By guiding investors in the choice of their voting instructions, proxy voters influence the management of general meetings and therefore the management of companies. The latter are therefore increasingly attentive to the recommendations of proxy voters since they wish to avoid receiving negative votes at their next meetings.
Gradually, governance practices are evolving, under pressure from shareholders, society and stakeholders, but also as a result of regulations with revised and more regulating governance codes, particularly for greater transparency. These different strengths and developments, combined with a review of governance codes in different regions of the world, are leading to improved governance practices towards greater transparency and societal responsibility. Hence, it clearly makes sense to be a responsible shareholder.
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