Because shareholders are essentially own the company, they reap the benefits of a business’s success. These rewards come in the form of increased stock valuations or as financial profits distributed as dividends.
Shareholders/owners are the most important stakeholders as they control the business. If they are unhappy than they can sack its directors or managers, or even sell the business to someone else. No business can ignore its customers. If it can’t sell its products, it won’t make a profit and will go bankrupt.
Roles of the shareholders
In general, shareholders have little power over the directors and how they run the company. Their main role is to attend meetings and discuss whatever is on the agenda to ensure the directors do not go beyond their powers – and provide shareholders’ consent where required.
What does a shareholder do? Shareholders invest in a company by purchasing shares, each of which represents a certain percentage of the business. In return for owning shares, members are entitled to vote on significant decisions and receive a portion of any profit generated by the business.
Owners have the most impact, as they make decisions about the activities of the business and provide funding to enable it to start up and grow. Shareholders influence the objectives of the business. Managers make some recommendations and decisions that influence the business’ activity.
Some shareholders turn to activism because they feel it’s an effective way to increase the value of the companies whose stock they own. Others do so to address governance practices they believe are hurting long-term value. Or they take issue with the company’s products or business practices.
Shareholders are the owners of companies. … Shareholders play an important role in the financing, operations, governance and control aspects of a business.
What decisions can the shareholders make?
- amending the companies articles by special resolution;
- changing the name of the company by ordinary resolution;
- approving a substantial property transaction by ordinary resolution;