Danish exchange goes live with Broadridge’s ESG enhancing service

Rick Steves

“With ESG as a central component for investors, the need for best-in-class governance and stewardship practices has never been stronger.”

Broadridge Financial Solutions has gone live with its new “golden copy” event notification and direct vote execution service for the Danish market, delivered in collaboration with Euronext.

Firms using the service can depend on the timely and accurate receipt of meeting notifications sourced directly from Euronext Securities Copenhagen – the central securities depositary in Denmark – an extended voting window for underlying clients, and greater transparency through the confirmation of votes submitted and cast.

The “golden copy” event notification and direct vote execution service enables global and domestic banks, custodians, wealth managers and local agents to streamline processes and transform operational efficiency throughout the proxy voting lifecycle in Denmark, while supporting their compliance obligations under the Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD II) and Denmark’s updated Companies Act.

Broadridge has been rapidly expanding its Direct Market Solutions (DMS) product suite, which focuses on traditional sub custody voting related activities.

The firm’s market coverage for proxy processing and extended voting windows will continue to expand globally and complement Broadridge’s existing global voting solutions that already provide 100% coverage across 100+ markets.

Demand for improved governance and stewardship practices

Niels Hjort Rotendahl, CEO, Euronext Securities Copenhagen, said: “With ESG as a central component for investors, the need for best-in-class governance and stewardship practices has never been stronger. Our collaboration with Broadridge will provide a more direct chain of proxy communications, and a higher level of service quality for all players. This comes at a pivotal time due to recent changes to the Danish Companies Act removing the need to present Power of Attorney documents, which we anticipate will lead to a significant rise in shareholder participation at meetings and require our combined services.”

Demi Derem, GM, International Investor Communications Solutions at Broadridge, commented: “It is our strategic priority to advance shareholder democracy and empower investors – institutional and retail – through the most efficient proxy voting ecosystem for both cross-border and local market participants. Through close collaboration with Euronext Securities Copenhagen, we have again demonstrated the importance of partnering with market leading infrastructure providers to deliver a best-in-class service that transforms and enhances the client experience, while reducing operating costs through our mutualised service model.”

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