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AGM season: vote to make companies better

It’s a shame that the surge in enthusiasm for investments with high environmental, social and governance standards hasn’t yet been matched with a rise in shareholder participation among private investors. 

While many may dismiss voting at annual general meetings (AGMs) thinking their votes won’t count, private investors are a rising force and play an increasingly important role in holding companies to account. 

According to the Office for National Statistics, the proportion of London-listed shares held by UK-resident private investors was 13.5 per cent in 2018, up from 10 per cent in 2012. And this will have increased over the past 12 months as record numbers of new accounts have been set up across platforms. 

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