World’s most ethical companies revealed

worlds ethical companies

The world’s most ethical companies in 2017 have been reveal by Ethisphere. The thinktank, which aims to measure and standardise ethical business practice, has identified the 124 companies spanning five continents, 19 countries and 52 industry sectors.

Since 2007 Ethisphere has been honouring the companies which  recognise their role in society to influence and drive positive change in the business community and societies around the world.… Read the rest

Do investors need more ESG experts?

France vigilance law

Yes, says UK-based environmental think tank, E3G, which also believes global investors to rapidly increase their environmental, social and governance (ESG) capacity and to train all staff to be aware of ESG issues. According to E3G’s research, a third of the investor signatories to the Principles for Responsible for Investment (PRI) do not employ any ESG specialists and that a further 20% employ only one such expert.… Read the rest

Demand for CEO pay ratios intensifies

CEO pay ratio disclosure rule

Demand for CEO pay ratios has increased with initiatives in the US and UK focusing on the discrepancies between director and employee pay and the need for more regulation.

US Democratic Senator Bob Menendez and eight other senators have written to Michael Piwowar, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to urge him to implement the CEO pay ratio rule which would require companies to disclose the ratio between chief executive (CEO) pay and the pay of their median worker.… Read the rest

OECD updates governance assessment methodology

OECD Corporate Governance Principles

The OECD has published its revised Methodology for Assessing the Implementation of the G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance. The latest version incorporates changes that were made to the Principles during the 2015 review as well as a number of additional clarifications.… Read the rest

Caterpillar: Federal investigations prompt investor concerns

Caterpillar AGM tax scheme

Investors in machinery, vehicle and engine manufacturer Caterpillar have called on its board to establish a special committee to investigate any risks related to tax schemes set up by the company which are now subject to investigations by US federal authorities.… Read the rest

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark launched

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark launched

The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark for 2017 has been revealed the performance results of the world’s leading companies in its publication this week.

The benchmark assesses 98 of the largest publicly traded companies in the world on 100 human rights indicators.… Read the rest

US investors secure climate risk commitment from BlackRock

US responsible investment investors have secured a greater commitment from asset management giant BlackRock that it will be engaging with its investee companies on climate risk. The group hopes that this could also mean BlackRock supports some climate change shareholder resolutions during the 2017 proxy voting season.… Read the rest

EU Shareholder Rights Directive II moves closer to adoption

EU Shareholder Rights Directi e

The revised EU’s Shareholder Rights Directive was approved by the European Parliament (EP) earlier this week and will be formally adopted by the European Council, made up of the member states, shortly. Once adopted member states have two years to put the directive into effect in their own countries.… Read the rest

RBS refuses to back down on shareholder committee resolution

RBS ShareSoc shareholder resolution

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has refused to back down on a decision not to allow a shareholder resolution, calling on the bank to establish a shareholder committee.

The resolution, to be proposed at RBS’ AGM later this year, was proposed by 168  shareholders last December and is being coordinated by the ShareSoc, the UK Individual Shareholders Society and UKSA, the UK Shareholders’ Association.… Read the rest

WPP: did shareholders look before the LEAP?

WPP Martin Sorrell pay

WPP, whose chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell last year caused headlines for a £70m pay package, has announced its final investment performance figures for its controversial long term incentive scheme, LEAP.

The WPP figures show that Sir Martin Sorrell would receive £41.5m from the LEAP scheme for 2016 – compared with their value of 20.69m when the shares were granted in 2012.… Read the rest