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Innovations in Proxy Design

Featuring commentary by and

Innovations in Proxy Design, through an examination of proxies filed by S&P 100 companies, highlights evolving trends in proxy communications supported by unique and exemplary compensation and corporate governance disclosures. Supported by commentary from Donnelley Financial Solutions and Pay Governance, the report includes information on proxy navigation features, the prevalence of visualizations and graphics, and innovative ways companies use this document to communicate their story to shareholders.

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Key Findings:

  • The percentage of S&P 100 companies including proxy summaries increased from 39.4% in 2012 to 79.0% in 2016.

  • The average S&P 100 CD&A grew in length by 5.0% from about 8,900 words in 2012 to about 9,400 words in 2016, despite a slight decrease in 2013.

  • The prevalence of compensation program checklists rose from 5.1% in 2012 to 66.0% in 2016.

  • The number of companies disclosing modifications following shareholder engagement increased from 14.3% in 2012 to 42.0% in 2016.

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