1. BlackRock Turns Up Heat on Boards as AGM Season Gets Going

    BlackRock Turns Up Heat on Boards as AGM Season Gets Going

    BOSTON/LONDON (Reuters) - BlackRock voted against more company directors and backed more shareholder resolutions in the first quarter than a year ago, as the world's biggest asset manager looks to push boards to do more on climate and other sustainability issues. The information from the $9 trillion New York-based money manager in a report to be released on Wednesday helps to explain what is shaping up to be a tough shareholder voting season at major corporations this spring...

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    1. We are accelerating the pace of our stewardship activities; resulting in more engagement and more voting, reflecting heightened expectations, which ... are just a function of the urgency of some of the issues.
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