Virtual AGMs in the wake of Covid-19

ShareAction has called on the UK Government to protect shareholder democracy during virtual annual general meetings (AGMs) in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a letter to Alok Sharma, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, ShareAction asks BEIS to issue clear guidance to ensure the process for accessing, asking questions and voting at digital AGMs continues to be easy and accessible to all shareholders, to ensure that AGMs maintain their usual standards of transparency. While these measures are eminently sensible precaution to take in these times,they should be a temporary solution.