Proxy Blog

Ecolab Inc. 

April 15, 2019

The annual proxy for this water and hygiene company had the following proposals: 

  1. Proforma votes on directors, appointment of auditors, and “say-on-pay” advisory vote 
  2. Shareholder proposal on independent chairman 

Magni voted as follows: 

  1. For proforma proposals.
    -Directors – The board has a majority of independent directors and some have CEO/CFO experience with other companies. The compensation of directors is disclosed with a meaningful portion in equity where the equity has restrictions to align director incentives with long-term value creation. The compensation levels are set using a benchmarking process.
    -Auditors – There appear to be no controversies with the financial statements of the company.
    -“Say-on-pay” Advisory Vote – The shareholder engagement and peer group disclosures indicate good governance practices in executive compensation. 
  2. For the shareholder proposal. Magni wrote a position paper regarding shareholder proposals for independent chairman.