Shell faces shareholder resolution for greenhouse gas targets

Shell

Oil giant Shell is facing a shareholder resolution at its AGM next week (23rd May) calling for it to set and publish targets for reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) that are aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement goal of reducing global warming to two degrees celsius.… Read the rest

CtW urges shareholders a vote against Catepillar’s directors

Caterpillar AGM tax scheme

CtW Investment Group, the US corporate governance adviser to trade union pension funds (Taft Hartley funds), has suggested that investors should vote against the re-election of three of Caterpillar’s directors and in favour of a shareholder resolution proposing that the company’s clawback policy to include events that may result in reputational damage to the company at its AGM next month.… Read the rest

Accor: Double voting rights dissapointment

Accor double voting rights

Minority shareholders in Accor, were disappointed when their resolution was not passed at its AGM (5th May) meaning double voting rights continue for large investors in the hotel chain.
French social investment firm, Phitrust Partners, advised by corporate governance and proxy voting specialists Proxinvest, submitted the resolution – calling for the principle of “one share – one vote” to be adopted at Accor  – with the support of other minority shareholders.… Read the rest

Hermes calls for vote against VW boards and pay policy

vw remuneration pay policy

In the lead up to the AGM of the carmaker, Volkswagen (VW), last week (10th May) activist investor Hermes EOS recommended a vote against re-electing members of the management and supervisory boards and the revised remuneration policy.

Hermes believes that VW had made unsatisfactory progress in uncovering the corporate governance and culture problems which contributed to the 2015 emissions scandal.… Read the rest

UK Pre-Emption Group reviews Statement of Principles implementation

The Pre-Emption Group has published a monitoring report looking at implementation of the 2015 Statement of Principles and the template resolutions. The principles relate to the when considering the case for disapplying pre-emption rights
Pre-Emption Group:

Robert Swannell, Chairman of Marks & Spencer Group plc and the Pre-Emption Group

Over the course of the year, the template resolutions and the Statement of Principles have generally been followed.… Read the rest

FRC begins probe of KPMG and its Rolls-Royce audit

Rolls-Royce audit bribery KPMG

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has commenced an investigation under its audit enforcement procedure into the conduct of KPMG, in relation to its audit of Rolls-Royce’s financial statements from 2010 to 2013.

The FRC’s investigation follows an announcement in January that a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) had been reached between the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the engineering company.… Read the rest

Wells Fargo shareholders demonstrate their discontent

Wells Fargo

Shareholders in scandal-hit US bank Wells Fargo gave the company a signal of their dissatisfaction in voting at its recent AGM.

While the re-election of the directors was passed with the majority of votes cast the proportion in favour for many of the directors was considerably lower than normal.… 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

BP reduces CEO remuneration and proposes a simpler pay policy

BP remuneration policy

Oil giant BP, which last year lost its advisory vote on its remuneration report at its AGM,  has reduced the pay of its chief executive, Bob Dudley, and will propose a simpler pay policy to shareholders at this year’s meeting on 17th May.… Read the rest

Bombardier back tracks on executive pay rises

An outcry from politicians and the public has forced Canadian train and aeroplane manufacturer Bombardier to back track on planned pay rises for executives after it had announced job losses and accepted a loan from its government.
Bombardier pay rises

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau forced to defend Bombardier pay rises

Following the release of the notice of its annual general meeting in May and its annual disclosure of executive remuneration there were public protests outside the Bombardier headquarters in Quebec against the pay rises.… Read the rest