Federal and state policy makers are advancing plans to give shareholders more power in corporate boardrooms at a time when decisions about executive pay have ignited a public furor.
The Securities and Exchange Commission, Congress and legislators in Delaware -- where more than half the nation's public companies are incorporated -- all are working on measures that would give shareholders a bigger say in such matters as choosing directors.
If enacted, these steps could bring about the biggest changes in corporate governance since the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley law was passed in the wake of the Enron and WorldCom scandals. They could also usher in a flood of shareholder action, starting in next year's proxy season.
Difficile de prévoir si ces mesures seront mises en oeuvre. Encore plus difficile de déterminer si elles influeront sur les règles canadiennes. Néanmoins, l'ensemble de ces éléments soulèvent tout de même la question de la réconciliation de deux modèles de gouvernance fort différents.