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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

2016 Portfolio Engagements

Message from Comptroller DiNapoli


We continue to achieve remarkable success in our engagements, reaching agreements with over a third of the 46 corporations that we approached with our concerns. Since the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling in 2010, I've made it a priority to engage companies to disclose their political spending, and this year six companies answered our call to publicly report all direct and indirect corporate political spending. Our efforts not only improve the policies of the companies we engage, but also help establish a new standards of corporate governance for a number of industries.


What We Achieved in the Past Year


46 Shareholder resolutions

We filed shareholder resolutions with 46 companies with a combined portfolio value in excess of $7.2 billion.

16 Corporate Agreements

We were able to reach agreements or change company policy with 16 corporations.

33% Shareholder Support

The 26 resolutions that came to a vote averaged 33% shareholder support, consistent with the 2015 average and up from 26.4% in 2014.

3 Achieved Majority

Three of our resolutions achieved majority support from shareholders.

Who Answered our Call to Improve Company Policy


Issues Companies
Political Spending

Political Spending

Centerpoint Energy Inc., Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., JM Smuckers, Raytheon Company, Union Pacific, Waste Management Inc.

Climate Change

Climate Risk

Allete Inc., Best Buy Inc., General Dynamics Corp., Nordstrom Inc., NorthWestern Corp.

Board Accountability and Diversity

Board Accountability & Diversity

Allegheny Technologies, The Priceline Group Inc., Nike Inc.

Global Labor Standards

Global Labor Standards

The Wendy’s Company, YUM! Brands Inc.

Ban on Execution Drugs

Ban on Execution Drugs

Pfizer Inc.

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Corporate Governance

2015 Portfolio Engagements

Climate Change Engagements

Political Spending Engagements