More than 80% of shareholders, compared with only 42% six years ago, say they are in favour of holding consultative votes at general shareholders’ meetings on pay policies for directors, following the “Say on Pay” model, which would represent a major axis of legislation currently in preparation, according to the 8th annual Capitalcom survey of expectations by individual investors going into the 2013 general shareholders’ meetings. This trend comes as part of a wider trend on the markets, which showed s shift strongly in favour of “Say on Pay” in a consultation held by the French Treasury in September 2012. Legislation proposed by the French minister of the economy to regulate pay practices and modernise corporate governance will be sent to the Council of State in March. “Say on Pay” is currently applied in 17 countries on a non-binding basis (United Kingdom, Australia, Soain, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, the United States, Italy, Ireland), on a binding basis (Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, South Africa) or on a voluntary basis (Switzerland, Canada). Although the AFEP-MEDEP code of governance is expected to be updated to anticipate the minister of the economy’s proposed legislation, individual shareholders expect specific information on corporate governance: evaluation of advisory work (18.4% of respondents make this criterion the top priority for general shareholders’ meetings in 2013), criteria for the selection of new directors (17.7%), the motivations and experiences of candidates for the position of director (15.7%), and lastly, justification for the independence of administrators (13.4%). Independence, abilities and a lack of previous terms as director are mentioned in the comments of shareholders surveyed as sine qua non conditions for exemplary governance. Opening boards to new members may also reassure shareholders: 62% estimate the presence of employees on the board could improve operations, putting them in favour of the second aim of the bill. Last year, 39 directors representing employees or employee shareholders were present on boards of CAC 40 companies, with seats on 16 boards of directors.