US institutional investors campaign against Financial CHOICE Act

The US Council Institutional Investors (CII) and individual institutional investors have voiced their continued opposition to the Financial CHOICE Act, which has been proposed and passed by the House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee.

The CII and over 50 institutional investors delivered letters opposing the provisions of the Financial CHOICE Act that they believe would hurt investors.… Read the rest

UK General Election: Theresa May pledges boost in workers rights

UK General Election workers rights

The UK’s general election campaign highlighted workers rights and representation as well as executive pay.

With the main parties launching their manifestos this week the Conservative Party reiterated its commitment, that appeared in the government’s corporate governance green paper, to improve worker representation on company boards.… Read the rest

NZX’s revised Corporate Governance Code Published

New Zealand corporate governance code

The NZX’s revised corporate governance code (the NZX Code) and its supporting rule amendments have been published. The New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX) which administers the code said this was the first substantial update since 2003 and represented a significant step forward for corporate governance reporting requirements in New Zealand.… 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

CII voices opposition to Republicans’ Financial CHOICE Act

investors Financial Choice Act

The US Council of Institutional Investors (CII) has voiced its opposition to aspects of the Republicans’ Financial CHOICE Act which was formally introduced by the House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling this week.

Hensarling believes the Act is a replacement for what he terms the “failed” Dodd-Frank Act which was enacted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.… 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

US senators suggest acting SEC chairman is overreaching his authority

SEC chair Michael Piwowar

In a sign of disquiet about the acting chair of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael Piwowar, Democratic Senators have suggested that he has overreached his authority in a letter to the regulator’s inspector general, Carl Hoecker.

The Senators point out that Piwowar’s position is temporary until President Trump’s nominee for the position, Jay Clayton, has been approved by Congress.… Read the rest

MPs call for toughening up of UK corporate governance rules

Iain Wright MP BEIS Select Committe

Directors should be required to take their corporate governance and legal duties more seriously the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy select committee believes. The committee’s report on corporate governance was published this week.

While the MPs state that there is no need for a radical overhaul of corporate governance in the UK, “We do believe that there is scope for significant improvements in order to address the changing nature of company ownership in a globalised economy.”

Iain Wright MP, Chair of the BEIS select committee, said: “The UK corporate governance system is recognised throughout the world as of high quality.Read the rest

BEIS select committee discusses the future of work

UK corporate governance

Speaking at an evidence gathering session for the Future of Work inquiry being conducted by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy parliamentary select committee Steve Turner, assistant general secretary at the Unite Union said that his union had predominantly come across the “criminal and dodgy” agencies that existed to exploit the workforce.… Read the rest