Date: April 20, 2016
SIAS recognises, and has maintained since inception, that the voucher, gift and food served at annual general meetings are a privilege not a right of shareholders. AGMs are about the annual report and shareholders seeking accountability from the board. It is unfortunate that some shareholders have abused this privilege and tarnished the, otherwise, good standing of most shareholders.
SIAS supports companies not serving food at AGMs. Nevertheless, SIAS feels whether the company should provide food or vouchers instead, is entirely a matter for the Boards to decide and shareholders should not pressurize the board and management to provide food or freebies.
SIAS recognises that only a small minority of shareholders misbehave and have brought bad reputation to the investing community.
Founder, President & CEO
Securities Investors Association (Singapore)