Responsible investment disclosures: mind the European gap

Responsible Investment disclosure quality varies greatly

Despite being signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment, the RI disclosures of Europe’s largest asset managers are extremely varied in quality, according to new research by advocacy group, ShareAction.

ShareAction rated the disclosures of 40 leading fund managers which collectively invest over €21 trillion (£18 trillion) on behalf of pension schemes, charities, universities, and individuals across the world. … Read the rest

Board gender pay gap revealed in Singapore

Singapore board diversity

More evidence of board gender diversity challenges were recently revealed, this time in Singapore. Female directors at companies listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) are paid 56.8% of male directors’ remuneration on average indicating a 43.2% pay gap according to research by the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Business School.… Read the rest

US Business Roundtable supports Dodd Frank reform

Business Roundtable | BRT

The Business Roundtable (BRT), an association of the top US chief executives, has voiced its support for President Trump’s plans to reform Dodd Frank and has outlined a number of corporate governance regulations that it believes need reform or to be repealed.… Read the rest

Lafarge admits to failings in firm’s abandoned Syrian operations

LafargeHolcim Syrian operations

Building materials supplier LafargeHolcim has admitted to failings by company bosses running its Syrian cement plant. They engaged in dealings with armed groups as they sought to protect employees as the area became increasingly dangerous as a result of the civil war.… Read the rest

Yahoo CEO gives up bonus over 2014 cyber security breach

Yahoo CEO cyber security data breach

Marissa Mayer, Yahoo chief executive, has lost her 2016 cash bonus and forgone her 2017 equity award after an investigation found that executives at the technology company were aware of a cyber security data breach in 2014 but did not actively investigate the incident.… Read the rest

FSB assesses post-financial crisis reform and climate-related disclosure progress

Financial Stability Board crisis reforms Climate-related Financial Disclosures

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) backed by the G-20, assessed reforms introduced following the financial crisis of 2008, its work on financial technology, financial sector misconduct and climate-related financial disclosures in a meeting held at the end of February.

The FSB promotes global financial stability by coordinating the development of regulatory, supervisory and other financial sector policies and conducting outreach to non-member countries. … Read the rest

Purposeful Company Task Force: Corporate governance reform could boost UK economy

UK corporate governance

The UK’s Purposeful Company Task force, set up by the Big Innovation Centre, has called for major changes in corporate governance, asset management and backed the Financial Reporting Council’s proposal for company’s to report on how directors are having regard to stakeholders as required under company law.… Read the rest