AGM Trends 2020
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AGM Trends 2020

29 September 2020

Welcome to AGM Trends 2020, our annual review of trends and developments during the 2020 annual general meeting (AGM) season.

This year we cannot escape the background of the coronavirus pandemic. Who could have predicted at the beginning of the year that companies would be actively preventing their shareholders from attending AGMs, sometimes holding meetings in car parks or at the company secretary’s home address?

Themes and messages high on the list of investors last year have taken more of a back seat whilst companies have battled through the coronavirus pandemic sometimes for their very survival. That is not to say that concerns over executive remuneration and stakeholder matters have been forgotten. Businesses have faced pressure to support their workforces and ensure that directors take their share of the financial impact during the pandemic.

This year we cover a review by Korn Ferry about current investor concerns over executive remuneration, reflections by the Investment Association on an unusual AGM season and tips on how to effectively communicate ESG matters by Emperor. In addition, our proxy governance business, Boudicca, will look at proxy adviser engagement during the 2020 AGM season.

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