Investment stewardship

Topics and trends that shaped global governance in 2021

April 05, 2022

Key figures


portfolio companies engaged (up from 655 the previous year).


engagements on board diversity. This number reflects Vanguard’s deepened board diversity advocacy and assessment.


engagements related to diversity (up from 198 the previous year). We conducted more outreach to companies perceived as lagging on diversity measures.


support for climate-related proposals, including 27 “Say on Climate” proposals.


support for workforce diversity proposals (up from 19% the previous year). The funds’ increased support in 2021 reflects clarity across the market that workforce disclosure through the Equal Employment Opportunity-1 (EEO-1) format is reasonable and valuable for investors.

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