Micromanagement And Executive Compensation Challenges Under New Sec Staff Bulletin

New interpretations by the SEC of the Shareholder Proposal Rule (14a-8) in 2017 led to an increase in omissions of climate proposals last year. There is reason for concern that the number of omissions could increase further in 2019, depending on how the SEC applies its latest SEC Staff Legal Bulletin 14J, issued on October 23, 2018. 

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Proxy Vote Data Complements Fund Ratings On Sustainability

Recent Morningstar research shows that the number and size of U.S. sustainability funds continues to grow.  Notable recent additions include sustainable exchange traded funds (ETFs).  Within this universe is a wide variation in strategies and commitment—from considering environmental, social and governance (ESG) alongside other factors, to integrating ESG in the investment process, to impact and green economy-focused funds.

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