Parliament publishes corporate governance evidence

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Huge response to BEIS Select Committee

The UK’s Parliament’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) select committee has reported a larger than usual response to its request for written submissions to its corporate governance inquiry. Responses by the main industry bodies and interest groups, firms – including Manifest – together with individual submissions from academics and fund managers have been published on the committee’s website.… Read the rest

Sustainable finance key to EU recovery say investor groups

US Paris Climate Change Agreement

A coalition of sustainability and investment groups including Share Action and led by the think tank E3G have published a Sustainable Finance Plan for the European Union. The group argues that arguing that to more investment in the EU could be achieved if there is a focus on responding to Europe’s social and environmental problems.… Read the rest

South Africa: King Report IV Published

King IV published

South Africa’s corporate governance guidance, the King Report IV, has been radically revised in its latest version. According to the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA) the report is considerably more accessible, making it applicable beyond public companies.… Read the rest

Company tax disclosures improving says FRC

Tax

Company tax disclosure has improved in the UK according to the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). In a new review of 33 companies’ reports and accounts the FRC found evidence of improvements in the transparency of disclosures included in strategic reports and effective tax rate reconciliations.… Read the rest

PRI publishes ESG roadmaps for UK and USA

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), The United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and The Generation Foundation, have published US and UK roadmaps, which set out recommendations to fully embed the consideration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in the fiduciary duties of investors in the US and UK capital markets.… Read the rest

Parker Review: boards need greater ethnic diversity

Every FTSE 100 company board should have at least non-white director by 2021 and each FTSE 250 Board by 2024 in a bid to boost ethnic diversity at the top level of British companies. This is the recommendation of a review of UK boards led by Sir John Parker.… Read the rest

Executive pay: UK fund managers trade group speaks out

Theresa May UK PM

UK fund managers members take executive pay reform seriously according to the UK’s Investment Association, which this week responded to the recommendations of the Executive Remuneration Working Group. In its new Principles of Remuneration, the IA suggests that rather than opting for the default Salary/Bonus/Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) pay structure,  firms should consider pay structures which fit their business and strategy.… Read the rest

SEC proposes universal proxy cards

US SEC improves shareholder democarcy

In a move to improve shareholder democracy the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed that universal proxy cards be introduced that allow investors to vote for directors as they would if they attended the company’s annual general meeting. However, one of the Commissioner, Michael Piwowar, has expressed his opposition to the proposal claiming that the changes pander to special interests.… Read the rest

New CDP report adapting to a low carbon future

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CDP, the environmental NGO is calling on investors and firms to adapt quickly to a low carbon future. In a new report  Out of the Starting Blocks,  CDP in partnership with We Mean Business, presents its first annual report tracking companies’ progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.Read the rest

Ardent Leisure’s AGM held days after theme park fatalities

Ardent Leisure Logo

Australian entertainments group, Ardent Leisure, held its AGM just two days after an accident at its theme park Dreamworld in which four people died and two children were injured on a river rapids ride. The out-going chairman, Neil Banaves, offered sincere condolences to the victims and their families but said that despite the seriousness of the incident they were still required to convene the AGM as planned.… Read the rest

Proxy Votes: Mortgage Choice Chairman loses it

Peter Ritchie

Mortgage Choice (ASX:MOC) chairman, Peter Ritchie, has resigned abruptly, raging at proxy advisors for “damaging Australian business” after another bruising shareholder revolt at last week’s AGM.

Close to 80% of the Australian firm’s independent shareholders voted against the remuneration report, the third such vote, leading Ritchie to blame the outcome on analysts.… Read the rest

Global Governance Regulatory Round-up

Governance codes around the world

Governance codes around the world

Taiwan

Corporate Governance Best-Practice Principles update

In response to the latest G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance, Taiwan has updated its Corporate Governance Best-Practice Principles for companies listed on its stock exchanges.

Key changes include allowing investor engagment; creation of a company secretary position to handle corporate governance matters; electronic voting; eliminating cross-border voting barriers and shareholder meeting information to be published in both Chinese and English.… Read the rest