By Holly Testa | Download the PDF 2020 Proxy Voting Season? Better Than Expected! Investors and corporations have good reason to be distracted from routine events such as annual shareholder meetings this year. We were skeptical that participants in the process would prioritize their commitment to environmental, social, and governance issues, but we are happy to have been proven wrong. Early reports from Institutional Shareholder Services point to a year of record-setting votes on environmental and social proposals and substantial withdrawals; First Affirmative’s outcomes conform to this trend. Progress continues on a wide range of issues in spite of, or perhaps because of, ongoing events that have exposed the consequences of our collective failure to act on systemic failures — failures that, all too often, are the focus of advocacy efforts undertaken by our investor community.