BlackRock CEO Larry Fink letter on Long Term Value

Larry Fink, the chief executive at BlackRock, the world’s biggest investor with $4.6 trillion, just sent a letter to chief executives at S&P 500 companies and large European corporations.

The letter focuses on short-termism both in corporate America and Europe, but also in politics, and asks CEOs to better articulate their plans for the future.

The letter says in part:

We also believe that companies have an obligation to be open and transparent about their growth plans so that shareholders can evaluate them and companies’ progress in executing on those plans.

We are asking that every CEO lay out for shareholders each year a strategic framework for long-term value creation. Additionally, because boards have a critical role to play in strategic planning, we believe CEOs should explicitly affirm that their boards have reviewed those plans. BlackRock’s corporate governance team, in their engagement with companies, will be looking for this framework and board review.
via BlackRock CEO Larry Fink letter.

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  1. This is a good sign. I like how the letter also emphasizes the importance of ESG factors. I filed a proposal at BlackRock calling on them to issue a report reconciling their public statements with their proxy voting behavior. I subsequently withdrew the proposal but will improved it for resubmission next year if voting doesn’t improve. BlackRock is far better than Vanguard, Fidelity, and State Street on many proxy voting issues but is far behind public statements and where you would expect a signatory to the UNPRI to be on issues like climate change.

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