The Ghost of RI Research Past & Present: What The Dickens?

As we approach the season of goodwill to all (wo)mankind, our thoughts often turn to those less fortunate than ourselves, and how we might achieve a better world with what we have to share. It’s a tradition that stretches well back before the iconic 1843 Dickens novella “A Christmas Carol“. In More…

Sustainability reporting - regulate or not? A brief narrative

Breaking new ground as the first country to require its companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, the UK government is storming ahead with its business sustainability agenda and is now making it obligatory for all quoted companies to disclose information regarding their wider environmental practices.

Designed to reform current disclosure conventions of the annual More…

The trouble with proxy advisors....

Is that everyone loves to hate them but, investors at least, can’t actually do their jobs without them. If we didn’t exist we’d have to be invented. So, what’s to be done?

Yes, true, that opening statement was an enormous over-simplification, but the time has come to properly upack all the arguments – simple and complex – More…

Actually how tasty is a slice of Burberry and Apple pie?

Many column inches were dedicated to the news that Angela Ahrendts, Chief Executive of Burberry, is quitting to join Apple next year. It’s got us reflecting on where is the real story here, especially from a governance perspective.

The Burberry chief was prominent in the news earlier this year because our Total Remuneration Survey identified her as More…

Corporate Reporting: What do Companies and Investors Say on Sustainability?

Shareholders looking for a more joined up approach to corporate reporting have, hopefully, not much longer to wait after the introduction of the UK’s  Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013    Business Minister Jo Swinson outlined the Coalition’s rationale for the reforms when the regulations were laid before Parliament More…