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U.S. proxy voting policy

Our general proxy voting policies for each Vanguard fund (effective April 1, 2021). Primary updates from our 2020 policy include assessments of director accountability in board diversity-related situations, and considerations for climate, workforce diversity, and corporate political activity proposals.

Update on the 2020 Proxy Season

In our proxy season message, Vanguard reaffirms that good governance matters as company leaders navigate their businesses through some of the most unprecedented market volatility in memory.

Statement on annual shareholder meetings

Vanguard's proxy voting and engagement activities continue during the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. proxy voting policy

The 2020 voting policies for each Vanguard fund (effective April 1, 2020) are largely the same as the policies from 2019. Primary updates include changes to the assessments of key committee independence at controlled companies, and director accountability in compensation-related situations.

UK and European proxy voting policy

Our general proxy voting policy that applies to all European-domiciled companies, followed by country specific policies for the UK, Ireland, the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man) and Germany.

Vanguard's perspective on board diversity

Why we urge boards to seek greater diversity across a wide range of personal characteristics.

Common questions for portfolio companies

A look at some questions directors should address in their engagements with shareholders.

Engaging with Vanguard: A guide for company boards and management teams

During the last proxy season, Vanguard's Investment Stewardship team voted at more than 18,000 company meetings. Here is a quick guide on how to set up an engagement with our team.