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NYS Comptroller


2015 Portfolio Engagements

Message from Comptroller DiNapoli

Over the past year we achieved remarkable success, reaching agreements with half of the 48 corporations with which we filed shareholder resolutions. The resulting changes in their corporate operations—to voluntarily disclose political spending, to ensure the rights of LGBT employees, and to commit to lower greenhouse gas emissions—were not just the right thing to do, they were the smart thing to do financially for these companies and their investors. Responsible corporate behavior helps sustain profitability.

What We Achieved in the Past Year

  • 48 Shareholder resolutions

    We filed shareholder resolutions with 48 companies with a combined portfolio value in excess of $4.7 billion.

  • 24 Corporate Agreement

    We were able to reach agreements or change company policy with 24 corporations, up from 19 in 2014.

  • 33% Shareholder Support

    The 23 resolutions that came to a vote averaged 33% shareholder support, up from 26.4% in 2014 and 24.5% in 2013.

  • 3 Resolution Approved

    Three of our resolutions achieved majority support from shareholders and, as a result, have been adopted by the respective company.

Who Answered our Call to Improve Company Policy

Issues Companies
Climate Change

Climate Change

Alliant Energy Corporation, Denbury Resources Inc., Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., Vulcan Materials Company, Wisconsin Energy Corporation, Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, Target Corporation.

Political Spending

Political Spending

Delta Air Lines, Inc., Eastman Chemical Co., Marathon Oil Corporation, United States Steel Corp., Valero Energy Corp.

Board Accountability and Diversity

Board Accountability & Diversity

eBay Inc., Garmin Ltd., Monster Beverage Corp., Urban Outfitters, Inc., Standard Pacific Corp.

Executive Compensation

Executive Compensation

Medidata Solutions Inc.

Data Privacy

Data Privacy, Inc.

Ban on Execution Drugs

Ban on Execution Drugs

Akorn, Inc.

Global Labor Standards

Global Labor Standards

Dollar General Corporation, Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination

Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination

American Financial Group Inc., ExxonMobil Corp

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Corporate Governance

Engagement Policies and Strategies