- Accessibility – allows readers to find comprehensive information quickly;
- Accuracy – includes all regulatory content and information that allows for better understanding;
- Comparability – presents information in such a way as to enable quick comparison among issuers thanks to strict compliance with market and regulatory standards; and
- Availability – offers access to all information as soon as possible, in appropriate languages, and in all formats, so no reader is at an advantage or disadvantage.
Center Subscribers General Motors (Consumer Discretionary), Medtronic (Healthcare), Caterpillar (Industrials), LyondellBasell (Materials), AT&T (Telecom), and Duke Energy (Utilities) were recognized as the providing the greatest levels of transparency within their respective industries.
In addition to the companies noted above, several other COEC Subscribers were honored in the top 20. Those include: Prudential Financial, Raytheon, Bank of America, Rockwell Automation, and MasterCard.
Responsible, honest levels of transparency are often the first step toward building meaningful engagement with shareholders and building consensus for proposals. If companies are looking for excellent model proxies, the honorees represent an excellent starting point.