This excerpt taken from the UNH DEF 14A filed Apr 30, 2007.
We have been informed that the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), P.O. Box 942707, Sacramento, California 94229-2707, a beneficial holder of approximately 6,600,000 shares of common stock, intends to introduce at the Annual Meeting the following resolution. In accordance with SEC rules, the text of the proposed shareholder resolution and supporting statement is printed verbatim from its submission.
RESOLVED, the shareholders of UnitedHealth Group, Inc. (the Company), request that the Board amend the Companys bylaws to add the following to Section 3.03:
Notwithstanding the above, the corporation shall include in its proxy materials for a meeting of shareholders at which directors are to be elected the name, together with the Disclosure and Statement (both as defined in this section 3.17), of any person nominated for election to the Board of Directors by a shareholder or group thereof that satisfies the requirements of this section 3.17 (the Nominator), and allow shareholders to vote with respect to such nominee on the corporations proxy card. Each Nominator may nominate up to two candidates for election at a meeting.
A Nominator must:
(a) have beneficially owned 3% or more of the corporations outstanding common stock (Required Shares) continuously for at least two years;
(b) provide written notice received by the Secretary within the time period specified in the first paragraph of this section containing (i) with respect to the nominee, (A) the information required by such section and (B) such nominees consent to being named in the proxy statement and to serving as a director if elected; and (ii) with respect to the Nominator, proof of ownership of the Required Shares; and
(c) execute an undertaking that it agrees to (i) assume all liability stemming from any legal or regulatory violation arising out of the Nominators communications with the corporations shareholders, including, without limitation, the Disclosure and Statement; (ii) to the extent it uses soliciting material other than the corporations proxy materials, comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including, without limitation, the SECs Rule 14a-12.
The Nominator may furnish a statement, not to exceed 500 words, in support of the nominees candidacy (the Statement) at the time the Disclosure is submitted. The Board of Directors shall adopt a procedure for timely resolving disputes over whether notice of a nomination was timely given and whether the Disclosure and Statement comply with this section 3.17 and any applicable SEC rules.
The proponent has furnished the following statement:
As an indication of the extent of the compensation problems at many public corporations, President George W. Bush recently said he was floored when he sees guys making a billion dollars as a CEO of a company. President Bush also stated that he hopes that shareholders should take a good hard look at some of these companies.
The Wilmer Cutler Report exposed many compensation-related problems at the Company including inadequate internal controls, a lack of disclosure regarding financial relationships between the former CEO and the Chairman of the Compensation Committee, the improper repricing of options and the improper backdating of options. For these reasons, CalPERS is sponsoring this proposal that will allow shareowners a meaningful voice in the election of the Board of Directors who set the compensation of the Companys officers.
Access to the proxy for purposes of electing a director nominated by large shareowners is the most effective mechanism for ensuring accountability.
Please vote FOR this proposal.