Donnelley Financial Solutions, a leading risk and compliance company, today released its 2021 Guide to Effective Proxies. Now in its ninth year, this comprehensive guide provides insights to help companies design proxy statements that communicate vital information about business objectives to investors, while also complying with SEC regulations.
The searchable, annual guide offers innovative and shareholder-friendly best practices derived from DFIN’s deep experience managing the public filings of its extensive blue-chip client base, including over one-third of U.S. public companies. The guide also provides helpful tips for how companies can prepare for the 2022 proxy season. Organized by proxy section, topic and feature, the Guide can help transform proxy statements from traditional compliance documents to more compelling shareholder communications pieces.
Key and notable trends from this year’s guide include:
“Resilience is everything in today’s global business, which is why proxies, ESG and HCM are so critical to an organization.” said Ron Schneider, Director of Corporate Governance Services at DFIN. “Investors are interested in ESG-related risks and opportunities, and how resilient companies respond and communicate in the face of unpredictable events. You can have the best practices and processes, but if they aren’t effectively disclosed, you won’t ‘get the credit’ you are due.”
“Proxies have become much more than compliance documents. Today, they help investors measure risks and opportunities, and help companies enhance investor communications,” said Craig Clay, President of Global Capital Markets at DFIN. “We are proud that our annual guide has become a trusted resource for all these stakeholders. We look forward to continuing to support our existing and future clients now and in the years to come.”
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