Companies are engaging in dialogue with their institutional investors more frequently, according to a recent survey, but the two sides have different views on the success of their interactions.

Eighty-seven percent of companies, 70% of asset managers and 62% of asset owners, such as pension funds, say they've had at least one engagement in the past year, according to the survey commissioned by IRRC, a not-for-profit organization that focuses on corporate governance. And 53% of asset owners, 64% of asset managers and 50% of issuers say they are interacting more.

"Engagement levels are high and are increasing," says Mark Goldstein, head of governance research at Institutional Shareholder Services, which conducted the survey of 335 companies and 161 investors for IRRC.

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Susan Kelly

Susan Kelly is a business journalist who has written for Treasury & Risk, FierceCFO, Global Finance, Financial Week, Bridge News and The Bond Buyer.