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Nearly 40 percent of shareholder proposals submitted at Russell 3000 companies that held annual meetings during the first half of 2014 were related to social and environmental policy issues. Political spending and climate change, key topics during the 2014 proxy season, are expected to feature heavily again in 2015 shareholder proposals.
This report reviews the content of the social and environmental proposals voted on most frequently by shareholders of Russell 3000 companies, including the topics that received the highest average shareholder support. It also provides examples of proposal text, sponsor supporting statements, board responses, and related corporate disclosure.