1. Opinion: Activist Shareholders Are Pushing Companies to Embrace ESG and Other Social Causes. But One Big Question is Still Unanswered.

    Opinion: Activist Shareholders Are Pushing Companies to Embrace ESG and Other Social Causes. But One Big Question is Still Unanswered.

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced a new interpretation of its rules that would allow a company’s shareholders to vote on a much broader range of social policy proposals at the company’s annual meeting. Yet the SEC staff left the crucial question unanswered: How do we decide whether a social policy is “economically relevant” to a company’s business? Shareholder actions on environmental, social and governmental issues are certainly gaining steam...

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