Encouraging responsible leadership by company boards so that businesses contribute to wider society was the theme of the recent discussion organised by the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations (ecoDa) and Standard Life Investments. This was building on a vision of the role of business begun by the World Economic Forum.… Read the rest
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
A new survey from the OECD highlights the development of corporate governance across 14 countries in Asia. While each of the countries have their own characteristics the study shows how international standards are taking hold across the region.
The authors of the study suggest that understanding the ownership structures in Asia is critical to ensuring the development of effective corporate governance standards.… Read the rest
Most of the largest Australian superannuation (super) pension funds are adopting some form of responsible investment according to a survey by the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA).
The RIAA said its Superfund Responsible Investment Benchmarking Report involved a detailed assessment and survey of the largest 50 superfunds in Australia which accounts for around $1.3 trillion of assets under management.… Read the rest
The numbers of women on boards in the US has risen in the past year according to the latest annual 2020 Gender Diversity Index (GDI) produced by the campaign group, 2020 Women on Boards. The organisation aims to increase the percentage of women on US company boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020.… Read the rest
Cyber risk remains the top overall risk identified by senior staff within the global financial services industry. According to the latest results of a biannual survey published by the post-trade market infrastructure provider, the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) 22% of respondents cite cyber risk as the single biggest threat to the financial services sector.… Read the rest
EU capital market union is being hampered by a silo-ed approach to corporate governance policy, according to a report, Governance Policy in the European Union: Through an Investor’s Lens, published by the CFA Institute.
The report, the result of engagement with more than 30 investment practitioners, governance experts, and other stakeholders from across Europe, suggests that a joined-up approach to governance policy, encompassing the Capital Markets Union initiative, is now necessary to achieve meaningful reforms.… Read the rest
Governance standards in emerging markets are coming under closer scrutiny. The International Organization of Securities Commissions’ (IOSCO) has published a report seeking to strengthen corporate governance frameworks within emerging markets.
The report from IOSCO’s growth and emerging markets committee identifies possible measures and regulatory approaches aimed at strengthening corporate governance in emerging market jurisdictions and aligning regulatory frameworks with internationally recognised standards.… Read the rest
The Securities and Exchange Commission of Thailand is consulting on a draft corporate governance (CG) code, which will replace the country’s principles of good corporate governance 2012, and a new investment governance code. The deadline for responses to both consultations is the end of the month.… Read the rest
New research from CLT Global (formerly “Focusing Capital on the Long Term”) highlights the challenges and costs that senior business executives world-wide are facing with the rise of short-termism.
The key findings of the report, are that 87% of executives report feeling the most pressure to demonstrate financial results within two years, up from 79% in a similar survey from 2013; emerging market executives were significantly more likely to report increasing short-term pressure (82%) than their peers in Europe (64%) or North American (65%); and executives from companies with a strong commitment to long-termism were 26% less likely to say they would decrease discretionary spending and 22% less likely to delay new projects to meet earnings targets when compared to their peers at more short-term oriented companies.… Read the rest
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