In a securities filing, Apple said its board of directors had adopted amended bylaws Monday that allow a shareholder, or a group of up to 20 shareholders, holding 3% of its shares continuously for three years to include board nominees in the company’s annual proxy statement.
The bylaw only allows shareholders to nominate up to 20% of Apple's directors. Currently the company has eight, so shareholders could only nominate one director.
Proxy access makes it easier for shareholders to affect change on the company's board. Soare nearly 10% of the companies in the S&P 500 have adopted or are committed to adopting proxy access.
Back in March, a shareholder proposal for Apple to adopt proxy accesses gained 39% support. James McRitchie, a California investor who sponsored the proposal, was happy with the change disappointed that it was limited to 20%.
“One person on a board could be silenced,” Mr. McRitchie said. “If you’re a board member and no one else would second a motion,” it would be hard to be effective.