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US House of Representatives passes Financial CHOICE Act

Financial Choice Act

The US House of Representatives has passed the controversial Financial CHOICE Act despite strong lobbying against the legislation by institutional investors. The bill will now move to the Senate where its expected to face tough opposition.

The Council of Institutional Investors (CII), which has led the fight against the bill championed by Jeb Hensarling, chair of the House Finance Committee,  expressed disappointment at the House giving its approval with the voting following party lines.… Read the rest

OECD: Guidance for institutional investors launched

OECD Corporate Governance Principles

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published its paper, Responsible Business Conduct for Institutional Investors, which explains how they can apply the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

The paper was launched online by the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) which is leading a project to support investors to adhere to the OECD guidelines.… Read the rest

Vote for #corpgov research – countdown to the SRII survey

The indefatigable Mike Tyrell of SRI-Connect has reminded us all that the final countdown to the Extel awards for ESG research – the SRII Survey – is upon us.

The IRRI* Survey is the biggest mass participation exercise in SRI & corporate governance. … Read the rest

And so farewell Mark to Mythology?

For all the arm waving, hot air politicking and column pixels devoted to the role of accounting standards and their contribution to the global financial crisis, there has been surprisingly little coverage of the changes to mark to market accounting that were announced by FASB last week.Read the rest