February 11, 2012
Growing shareholder success in the proxy access and say-on-pay movements have forced companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Western Union to change tactics lately.
By Stephen Taub
It looks like shareholder activists are increasingly getting their way with companies, or at least convincing management that if they dont compromise they could wind up paying a steeper price down the road.
A number of recent corporate governance developments suggest that activists are starting to gain the upper hand, and companies are reacting by changing policies or proposing alternatives even when they are not required to.
These trends are playing out in the proxy access and say-on-pay movements.
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