The bylaws include amendments "providing enhanced advance notice disclosure requirements for shareholder proposals
of business or director nominations for an annual meeting of shareholders," the company said.
Last year it rushed through shareholder proposals
at the business meeting, which had a fraction of the attendees, in less than 30 minutes.
The company's preliminary proxy statement outlines four company proposals and three shareholder proposals
. The company proposals include the election of 13 directors, an advisory vote on the compensation of this year's named executive officers and approval of the tax benefit preservation plan.
Further, the company has set 9 April 2019 as the deadline for the receipt of shareholder proposals
submitted under Rule 14a-8 of the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, for inclusion in IRET's proxy materials for the meeting.
(NASDAQ: AKBA) vote in favour of the shareholder proposals
relating to the company's proposed merger with Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: KERX).
BlackRock's report also showed it voted this year in favor of shareholder proposals
at Facebook Inc and Google parent Alphabet Inc to give each shareholder an equal vote on governance matters.
All of the targeted institutions -- Bank of America, MasterCard, American Express, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo and Citi -- rejected shareholder proposals
asking for detailed reports on the percentage pay gap between male and female employees across race and ethnicity, including base, bonus and equity compensation, policies to address that gap, the methodology used, and quantitative reduction targets.
"Pension fund managers should refocus their efforts on the wants and needs of their investors, prioritizing investment decisions to maximize performance, while limiting votes to shareholder proposals
that directly impact their fund and its members."
* Sustainability reporting: Shareholder proposals
requesting companies publish a sustainability report continued to gain traction.
As discussed previously in the 2015 Proxy Statement, the deadline for shareholder proposals
for inclusion in the proxy statement for the 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders was December 9, 2015.
Executive compensation is a major issue for many boards, but in terms of the raw number of shareholder proposals
a company receives, it is not the greatest concern.