The Proxy Voting Annual Review: The definitive review of investor voting trends of the 2022 proxy season.

This proxy season, investors stepped up their efforts to hold companies to account on managing climate-related risk, writes Emmanuelle Palikuca, managing director, head of sustainability advisory, Alliance Advisors.

Corporate climate action is falling short of the requirements to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C, making the threat of global warming an all-too real risk. In response, issuers are facing heightened action from shareholders to develop credible and ambitious climate transition plans. In 2022, 146 environmental shareholder proposals were subject to a vote globally, a 21.7% increase compared 2021 levels, according to Insightia’s Voting module. Of these proposals, 55.5% explicitly mentioned climate-related policies, strategies, targets, and/or reporting. Among the broad selection of environmental proposals companies faced this year, several unique trends emerged.

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