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Shareholder Support Rankings

analyses of shareholder perceptions of corporate leadership's respect for investor interests

produced by the Forum from data provided by


global shareholder voting intelligence





Shareholder Support Rankings

From 2012 until 2019, the Shareholder Forum provided free research analytics of "Say on Pay" proxy voting results, allowing website visitors to enter the name or ticker symbol of a company or index to see the kind of graph shown on the right. Results were available for all Russell 3000 companies and other public companies that were subject to SEC requirements to provide an advisory shareholder vote on the compensation of top executives, making their results comparable.

As a broadly comparable measure of shareholder support for a company's management, these rankings were useful in determining a company’s vulnerability to activist or other dissident initiatives.

Since it became apparent by 2019 that the graphs were being used almost exclusively by professionals who were or could be subscribing to the research resources from which the Forum's data was obtained, the Forum's expenditures to provide the graphs for free public use were considered unnecessary and discontinued.

This important research data remains available directly from the Forum's source, Proxy Insight.

See Rankings Research Reference for other news reports of analyses and research relating to Shareholder Support Rankings, and for past Forum programs addressing investor interests in executive compensation.

The Deal:

July 10, 2020

Negative Say-On-Pay Votes Signal ‘Blood in the Water’ for Activists



February 2, 2018

Big Pay Packages Are a Powerful Weapon for Activist Investors

Shareholder votes have focused attention on the link between compensation and company performance. Here's how hedge funds use executive pay as a lever.


Wall Street Journal

June 11, 2015

Activist Funds Put Executive Pay Formulas Under Microscope"


New York Times | Fair Game

April 8, 2012

When Shareholders Make Their Voices Heard






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