Dollar General Corporation | Remove one-year requirement to call shareholder meeting at Dollar General Corporation

12.63% votes in favour
AGM date
Previous AGM date
Proposal number
Resolution details
Company ticker
Lead filer
Resolution ask
Adopt or amend a policy
ESG theme
  • Governance
ESG sub-theme
  • Shareholder rights
Type of vote
Shareholder proposal
Filer type
Company sector
Consumer Discretionary
Company HQ country
United States
Resolved clause
Shareholders ask our board to take the steps necessary to amend the appropriate company governing documents to give the owners of a combined 25% of our outstanding common stock the power to call a special shareholder meeting regardless of length of stock ownership to the fullest extent possible.
Supporting statement
John Chevedden (the “Proponent”), located at 2215 Nelson Avenue, No. 205, Redondo Beach, CA 90278, has notified us that he intends to present the shareholder proposal set forth below at the annual meeting.

Some companies, like Dollar Genral, prohibit shareholders from participating in calling for a special shareholder if they own stock for less than one continuous year. Requiring one continuous year of stock ownership can serve as a poison pill. I know of no instance of shareholders ever having success in calling for a special shareholder meeting at a company that excludes all shares not held for a full continuous year.
It is important to vote for this Shareholder Right to Call a Special Shareholder Meeting proposal because we have no right to act by written consent. Shareholders at many companies have a right to call a special shareholder and the right to act by written consent.
Calling a special shareholder meeting is hardly ever used by shareholders but the main point of calling special shareholder meeting is that it gives shareholders at least significant standing to engage effectively with management.
Management will have an incentive to genuinely engage with shareholders, instead of stonewalling, if shareholders have a reasonable Plan B alternative of calling a special shareholder meeting. Management likes to claim that shareholders have multiple means to communicate with management but in most cases these means are as effective as mailing a post card to the CEO. A reasonable right to call a special shareholder meeting is an important step for effective shareholder engagement with management.
The mere fact of an improved shareholder right to call a special meeting, which be called to elect a new director, could be an incentive for Mr. Michael Calbert, Dollar General Chairman, to improved his performance. Mr. Calbert received the most against votes of any Dollar General director in 2022 − 29 million against votes. Mr. Calbert’s against votes were 3-times the average number of against votes of the other Dollar General directors.

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