Proxy Preview

Proxy Preview 2015, the report hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “Bible for socially progressive foundations, religious groups, pension funds, and tax-exempt organizations” is available for download.

Proxy Preview 2015 covers the record-breaking 433 social and environmental shareholder resolutions filed so far this proxy season, with political spending and climate change driving the majority of the activity. The report provides analysis and expert insight to help you navigate the issues and successfully vote your shares.

Shareholder demand for more transparency of corporate political spending account for almost a quarter of the resolutions filed. Proposals related to climate change and other environmental sustainability issues account for about another 40%. Human rights and diversity in the workplace make up much of the rest.

Download your copy of Proxy Preview 2015 for:

  • A summary of the record-breaking 433 resolutions filed so far this year and re-cap of the 2014 proxy season
  • In-depth analysis of the resolutions by co-author Heidi Welsh (Sustainable Investments Institute)
  • Background and resources on shareholder proposals and advocacy by co-author Michael Passoff (Proxy Impact)
  • A user-friendly index of all companies facing social and environmental proposals this season
  • Insights on key proposals and proxy voting from Nell Minow (Co-Founder of GMI Ratings and former President at Institutional Shareholder Services), Jon M. Jensen (Executive Director of the Park Foundation), As You Sow, Ceres, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Center for Political Accountability, Office of the New York State Comptroller, Trillium Asset Management, Calvert Investments, AFSCME, and more

As You Sow, the Sustainable Investments Institute, and Proxy Impact are proud to present this 11th edition of this unique free resource for shareholders looking to align their values and investments.

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Proxy Season Updates

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As the 2015 proxy season winds down, Proxy Season Updates are wrapping up. We hope our updates on some of the biggest companies that received social or environmental shareholder proposals in 2015 helped you leverage the power of stock ownership to promote social change. Take a look back through the advocacy positions and expert insights to become an ESG expert.

If you own shares in a company, you have a voice. Shareholder advocacy leverages the power of stock ownership to promote social change. In the past 40 years, thousands of resolutions filed with companies by shareholder advocates have broken new ground in fostering corporate policy changes. And with over 400 resolutions filed this year, shareholder advocacy has never been more popular.

As the proxy season develops, Proxy Preview’s Proxy Season Updates blog will be sending out updates on some of the biggest companies that have received social or environmental shareholder proposals in 2015. Stay tuned to #ProxyPreview on Twitter for advance reminders of company annual meeting dates. Read our blog for advocacy positions and detailed wrap-ups of the proposals pending at the company. Download Proxy Preview 2015 to get details on similar resolutions filed at other companies.

Climate change, corporate political contributions, diversity, and human rights are just some of the topics covered in the record-breaking 433 social and environmental shareholder resolutions covered in Proxy Preview 2015. Our Proxy Season Updates blog will make sure you’re in the know when key issues go to vote.



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Report Authors

Learn more about the authors of Proxy Preview 2015.

Publishing Organizations

Proxy Preview is a collaboration between three organizations seeking to help investors align their values with their investments.

Report Extras


A list of recent reports about shareholder proposal issues, organizations, and investor campaigns engaged in this year’s proposals or which support shareholder advocacy.


Meet the people that contributed to Proxy Preview 2015.

Contesting Proposals at the SEC

All resolutions must conform to the Shareholder Proposal Rule of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, which sets procedural as well as substantive standards for admissibility.

2015 Webinar