RiskMetrics Group Releases 2010 Corporate Governance Policy Updates

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Published in Mondaq December 1, 2009 by Peter C. Underwood, Steven R. Barth and Joshua A. AgenĀ 

On November 19, 2009, RiskMetrics Group (RMG) released its 2010 updates to its U.S. Corporate Governance Policy and a set of Frequently Asked Questions relating to executive compensation matters. The most significant changes in RMG’s updates, summarized below, relate to (i) voting policies concerning director nominees for companies that have adopted poison pills without shareholder approval, (ii) the evaluation of executive compensation practices and voting policies for companies with practices that RMG believes raise shareholder concerns, (iii) criteria for director independence, and (iv) voting policies on proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The updates also include minor changes to several other policies.

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