Season Snapshots: U.S. S&P 500

With the proxy season underway, ISS Corporate Solutions (ICS) examined key governance factors that defined the 2021 season for selected regional indices. The second report in the series covers the S&P 500, with a look at director elections, shareholder proposals and executive compensation. This follows the first in the series which covered the Korean KOSPI.


  • Seven directors failed to receive majority support, with three of those from a single company, ExxonMobil
  • Some 60, or 16.6%, shareholder resolutions passed, while 302, or 83.4%, failed.
  • While the majority of CEOs received a pay rise, the median increase for a matched group of CEOs was only 2.8%

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