Companies Fighting Back on Shareholder Activism

Companies Fighting Back on Shareholder Activism
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A standoff is brewing between investors, corporate boards and federal regulators as shareholders prepare to vote on resolutions that concern human rights, corporate governance, and climate change.

Bolstered by more industry-friendly federal regulators, corporate trade associations are lobbying for constraints on activist shareholders and so-called "political" resolutions. They also want to stymie proxy advisory firms, which many shareholders rely on for research and recommendations on how to vote.

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