The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed a new rule that would need investment companies to disclose additional information on their proxy vote.
In its proposal, the SEC requires institutional investment managers to report their vote in connection with certain executive compensation matters to investors on Form N-PX.
Registered investment companies, including mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, are required to submit Form N-PX annually to disclose information relating to how they voted companies’ shares.
The SEC said that the proposed amendment would help investors ‘to more easily understand and analyse proxy voting information that filers report’.
The proposed rules would also require funds and managers to reveal how their securities lending activity impacted their voting.
They would also need to standardise the description of matters voted on, categorise the various types of votes cast, and disclose the required information using structured or electronically tagged data.
Categories and subcategories outlined by the regulator include greenhouse gas emissions, diversity, equity and inclusion as well as corporate matters such as share buybacks and asset sales.