2022 Proxy Season Review

August 18, 2022

Shirley Westcott


This year’s annual meeting season was distinguished by a heightened level of shareholder proposal activity with activists putting forward ambitious agendas both by volume of filings and their demands on corporations. Environmental and social (E&S)-focused proponents, in particular, made bolder propositions, especially on climate action, propelled by favorable 2021 results and new SEC guidance (Staff Legal Bulletin (SLB) 14L) which diminished the likelihood of ordinary business and economic relevance exclusions for proposals having a broad societal impact. In the end, it turned out to be too much overreach, delivering a patchwork of results. 

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