UK’s FRC asks for more governance powers

Stephen Haddrill

The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has argued that it needs more powers to take enforcement action against directors so that it can investigate and prosecute all directors for financial reporting breaches and associated issues of integrity, rather than only accountants and actuaries as at present in its response to the government’s green paper on corporate governance.… Read the rest

Italian shareholder association formed to protect investors

Italian shareholder association formed

An Italian shareholder association has been formed to protect the group minority, with a particular focus on listed small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The Italian Association for the Exercise of Shareholders’ Rights, AIEDA, has been set up by a group of professionals, managers and entrepreneurs with the aim of promoting good corporate governance and facilitating dialogue between listed companies directors and minority shareholders as well as the exercise of their rights.… Read the rest

FRC: Wide-ranging review of UK corporate governance code launched

FRC UK chairman announces review of corporate governance code

The UK’s corporate governance landscape could be set for set for a wholesale changes after the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) announced a wide-ranging review of the corporate governance code. This will take into account the regulator’s recent work on corporate culture and succession planning, as well as the issues raised in the government’s green paper and the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy parliamentary select committee inquiry.… Read the rest

OECD due diligence for the garment and footwear sector launched

OECD due dilience garment footwear guidance

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  (OECD ) has published its due diligence guidance for responsible supply chains in the garment and footwear sector in line with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (MNE guidelines)  and UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.… Read the rest

Hong Kong corporate governance scorecard shows improvement needed

Hong Kong corporate governance scorecard

The latest corporate governance scorecard assessing listed companies in Hong Kong shows that improvement is needed and directors ought to stay up to speed with the latest corporate governance developments, according to the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.

The 2016 survey of 120 companies published this week found that when compared to the 121 firms assessed for the last survey in 2012 mean score had improved by 5.1% when the same criteria were compared.… Read the rest

Pensions must be part of corporate governance debate

pensions corporate governance

The UK’s Work and Pensions Select Committee has used its response to the government’s green paper on corporate governance to emphasise that public and private companies need to ensure that their pension fund forms part of their corporate thinking.

The MPs’ recommendations follow their inquiry into the collapse of the retailer BHS last year.… Read the rest

London Stock Exchange Group publishes ESG guidance

LSEG ESG guidance

The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has issued guidance, through its Global Sustainable Investment Centre, setting out recommendations for good practice in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting.

The LSEG said that the global guide responded to demand from investors for a more consistent approach to ESG reporting, which it said is now a core part of the investment decision process.… Read the rest

Thomas Cook: joined up voting on pay

Thomas Cook pay

Travel company, Thomas Cook received a warning on pay this week at its AGM when the voting results showed that some investors at starting to take a joined up approach to remuneration-related voting. This is a signal to all companies seeking approval for their remuneration policies and new incentive plans this year that shareholders do not want the potential for excessive awards under these schemes.… Read the rest

US SEC: Comments sought on pay ratio disclosure rule

SEC Securities & Exchange Commission

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking comments from companies are encountering as they look to comply with the CEO Pay Ratio disclosure rule which took effect for financial years from 1st January 2017. The rule, hotly debated by business and investors alike, requests companies to disclose the ratio of the median of the annual total pay of all employees to the annual total pay of the chief executive.… Read the rest

UK Church Investors Group warn on CEO pay

Church Investors Group CEO pay warning

The Church Investors Group (CIG) has written to all FTSE 350 company secretaries outlining its revised voting policy for 2017 which includes a tough stance on executive pay. The CIG brings together the major church-based institutional investors and with their combined assets of approximately £ 17 billion aims to increase their impact through the joint voting policy.… Read the rest

President Trump begins rollback of Dodd-Frank

US climate change clean energy

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday (3rd February) seeking a review of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulatory framework. At the same time President Trump has rescinded the Fiduciary Rule which was designed to eliminate investment advisor conflicts-of-interest in respect of retirement plans.… Read the rest

USA: Investor Stewardship Group launches Codes

Investor Stewardship Group

The US has moved a step closer to a national stewardship and governance code with the launch of the Investor Stewardship Group. The signatories and supporters of the $17 trillion group are now urging all institutional investors to join the framework.… Read the rest