1. Executive Compensation
The Manhattan Institute released its first series of New Findings from
ProxyMonitor database. This set of findings focuses on public and private
sector unions flexing their muscles over corporate America through the proxy
process. Unions proposed 38 percent of all shareholder proposals for the
years 2008-1010 and preliminary evidence from 2011 shows that this trend is
going to continue into the future.
2. Social Policy
its second series of New Findings, the Manhattan Institute released information
from the ProxyMonitor database focused on social policy issues. Findings
include that over 40 percent of all shareholder social policy proposals relate
to political activity, particularly political campaign contributions and trade
associations. Other data from the ProxyMonitor New Findings reveals
environmental and human rights issues are at the forefront of shareholder
proposals for social policy.
3. Corporate Governance
In its third series of New Findings, the Manhattan Institute released information from the ProxyMonitor database focused on corporate governance issues. The New Findings feature information about the labor unions and individual shareholder activists who are trying to change corporate structure related to chairman independence and voting rules.
4. Industry-by-Industry Trends
In its fourth series of New Findings, the Manhattan Institute released information from the ProxyMonitor database focused on industry-by-industry analysis. The New Findings feature information about labor union shareholder proposal activity in non-traditional industries like retail and financial services.