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USS calls on AkzoNobel to engage with PPG over its bid

AkzoNobel USS PPG

UK pension fund, Universities Superannuation Scheme, (USS) has called on the Dutch paintmaker AkzoNobel to engage constructively with its US rival PPG which has recently submitted a third bid for the company, AkzoNobel said it will consider the proposal in line with its fiduciary duties and acting under the Dutch governance code.… Read the rest

Anglo-American gains shareholder backing for executive pay policy

AngloAmerican executive pay remuneration

Global mining group Anglo-American received strong support from shareholders for its remuneration policy as well as its remuneration report at its AGM this week.

The remuneration report gained 99% support while the policy – which is a binding vote – received a 93% vote in favour.… Read the rest

UN Environment and World Bank launches Sustainable Finance plan

United Nations Environment World Bank sustainable finance

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the World Bank have launched a summary of their Roadmap For A Sustainable Financial System. The aim is to have a final roadmap agreed by October this year.

This latest publication forms part of the UN Environment inquiry into the design of a sustainable finance system that has been running since 2014 and has a mandate to continue until the end of 2017.… Read the rest

Malaysia launches revised Corporate Governance Code

Malaysia corporate governance code integrated reporting

The revised Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance (MCCG) released by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has been welcomed by the International Integrated Reporting Council. This follows a shift in the code’s reporting approach to embracing integrated reporting.

The IIRC said integrated reporting is increasingly becoming a principle of 21st century corporate governance, often referenced in codes as regulators seek to encourage a meaningful dialogue between businesses and investors focused on the strategic drivers of long term value creation.… Read the rest

Shareholder advisors group announces review of its best practice principles

The charter signatories to the Best Practice Principles for Shareholder Voting Research & Analysis (the BPP Group), which includes Manifest, will review its principles by the end of 2017 following a public consultation overseen by Chris Hodge, the new independent chairman of the BPP Group’s review committee.… Read the rest