As Boards of Directors increase focus on the material ESG issues for their organizations, one visible outcome has been the inclusion of diversity goals and objectives into executive incentive programs. While absolute targets can be responsive to the circumstances of the organization as well as the sector in which it operates, it can also be helpful to understand where the organization stands relative to its peers and sector. The Globe and Mail recently published its findings on the proportion of women in leadership positions among the 500 largest companies on the TSX. Specifically, it highlighted the 74 companies where women made up >30% of executive roles; among the companies analyzed, the average proportion of women on executive teams was 46%. This report provides additional data analysis.
Institutional Shareholders Services (“ISS”) and Glass Lewis have updated their 2022 voting guidelines for Canadian and US issuers. The updated guidelines from ISS will apply to shareholder meetings for publicly traded companies on or after February 1, 2022, while those from Glass Lewis will apply to meetings held on or after January 1, 2022. This briefing provides a summary of updates on compensation-related and select governance-related topics for the Canadian market.