ATLANTA, Oct. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Company's 2021 proxy statement was named the top company in the country for transparency and disclosure. The designation was made as part of the third annual U.S. Transparency Awards, sponsored by Labrador, a global communications firm specializing in regulated disclosure documents.
The rankings compared the efficacy of corporate disclosure documents among the top S&P 250 companies trading on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq, as determined by market capitalization.
Proxy statements provide investors with the information needed for informed decision-making in advance of a company's annual shareholders meeting. The U.S. Transparency Awards focus on the criteria of accessibility, accuracy, comparability and availability. Southern Company's proxy statement stood out by including a shareholder engagement section outlining how many shareholders were contacted, who from the company participated in the discussions and the topics discussed.
"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized once again for excellence in transparency and corporate disclosure," said Jim Kerr, executive vice president, chief legal officer and chief compliance officer for Southern Company. "We take great pride in engaging with our stakeholders, which includes producing clear and comprehensive disclosures that help investors better understand our company and priorities."
Southern Company has been recognized as a leader in corporate transparency each year since the inaugural U.S. Transparency Awards in 2019.
"Each year, the Awards criteria evolve and address more issues as the needs of the investor community grow. This year, we added a new award, Most Efficient Plain Language - Proxy Statement, because as disclosure grows in length and complexity to meet stakeholders' evolving expectations, it also must grow in clarity. Stakeholders are more likely to read, understand, believe, and remember content written in plain language," says Molly Doran, director of advisory & design services at Labrador. "Because of our extensive set of criteria and comprehensive methodology, the Awards recognize the quality and completeness of information that top U.S. companies make available."
About Southern Company
Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.
Labrador, the creator and organizer of the Transparency Awards, is an independent agency specializing in communicating compliance. After two decades in Europe and 10 years in the U.S., Labrador's mission remains the same – to design and publish reader-centric documents that generate shareholder trust and reinforce their investment decisions. Focusing exclusively on corporate disclosure documents, and with over 300 clients worldwide, Labrador provides a unique insight into industry trends and best practices, and award-winning innovation and initiatives.
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