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Perspectives on Cyber Risk
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Institutional shareholders and stewardship
July 24, 2017 2:13 PM |
The Financial Services Council launches mandatory stewardship code for asset managers: State Street reportedly says most funds will already be compliant [read more]
July 17, 2017 1:30 PM |
Perpetual lose ten year battle against the two Millner family companies Washington H Soul Pattinson and Brickworks [read more]
July 10, 2017 1:31 PM |
The untenable case for perpetual dual class stock? The argument for the inclusion of dual-class sunsets after a fixed period [read more]
May 15, 2017 12:45 PM |
The International Organization for Standardization has released a new standard for sustainable procurement, to help organisations make socially responsible purchasing decisions. [read more]
May 8, 2017 2:08 PM |
The Asset Owners Disclosure Project has asserted that its latest Global Climate Index shows that the world's biggest investors are 'rapidly scaling up action to protect their portfolios'. [read more]
May 1, 2017 5:15 PM |
EY's latest survey on the use of nonfinancial performance by institutional investors in their decision-making has found that they are using it more often, but are disappointed by the quality of disclosure. [read more]
April 24, 2017 3:42 PM |
The Australasian Investor Relations Association has released a draft 'blueprint' which aims to help listed companies better handle their ESG engagement challenges. [read more]
April 10, 2017 6:14 PM |
AMP Capital has predicted that prominent ESG trends in 2017 will include sugar and obesity, climate change, disruption, executive pay and supply chain scrutiny. [read more]
March 27, 2017 1:53 PM |
State Street Global Advisors has urged boards to focus on the risks a 'host of environmental and social sustainability issues' pose to long-term viability. [read more]
March 20, 2017 1:51 PM |
BlackRock has released its engagement priorities for 2017-2018, which include board composition, long term strategy, climate risk disclosure and human capital management. [read more]
March 13, 2017 1:20 PM |
Norges Bank Investment Management has released details of its responsible investment work in managing Norway's Government Pension Fund Global. [read more]
February 13, 2017 11:42 AM |
According to State Street CEO Ronald O’Hanley, ‘addressing ESG issues is a good business practice and must be part of effective board leadership and oversight of long-term strategy’ [read more]
February 13, 2017 11:37 AM |
According to EY, this US proxy season investors will be focused on board composition, environmental and social risks, regulatory uncertainty, executive pay and short-termism [read more]
October 17, 2016 11:14 AM |
Studies suggest that activism is spreading outside the US, and that Australia is becoming a key target (thanks in part to its corporate governance rules) [read more]
September 26, 2016 5:34 PM |
According to Hermes Investment Management, its latest survey of institutional investors reveals some emerging trends that may worry responsible capitalism advocates. [read more]
September 12, 2016 10:09 AM |
AMP Capital has released its 2016 Mid-year Corporate Governance Report, which sets out its proxy voting highlights and its current engagement themes. [read more]
April 4, 2016 3:50 PM |
The UK's Investment Association has launched a Productivity Action Plan aimed at boosting the British economy by ending short-termism. [read more]
March 23, 2016 4:57 PM |
A new study of controlled firms on the S&P 1500 has asserted that the findings challenge claims that such structures benefit all shareholders by insulating management from market pressures. [read more]
March 9, 2016 1:16 PM |
The Financial Services Council and the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors have released a guide for Australian companies on how to identify and report ESG issues. [read more]
March 9, 2016 1:13 PM |
AMP Capital has released its 2015 full year Corporate Governance Report, which discusses AMP's proxy voting over the period as well as its approach to shareholder engagement. [read more]
March 9, 2016 1:09 PM |
AMP Capital has queried whether in setting remuneration boards are giving sufficient weight to the value that a CEO provides (rather than focusing on what their peers are paying). [read more]
October 21, 2015 1:53 PM |
ACSI's new Governance Guidelines focus on diversity and ensuring remuneration structures align to deliver company strategy and promote sustainable long-term performance. [read more]
September 23, 2015 12:58 PM |
A new report on fiduciary duty has found that Australian asset owners are paying increasing attention to ESG issues, but there are some barriers to progress. [read more]
September 23, 2015 12:55 PM |
A new report has found that fiduciary duty is not an obstacle to asset owner action on ESG factors, but asserts that its definition and interpretation need modernising. [read more]
September 16, 2015 2:49 PM |
Five years on from the introduction of the 'landmark' UK Stewardship Code, a recent article has concluded that 'achieving broad-based institutional investor stewardship remains elusive'. [read more]
August 19, 2015 2:17 PM |
The head of the manager responsible for Norway's 'influential' sovereign wealth fund has reportedly queried whether, in the long-term, corporate governance efforts are distracting boards rather than increasing profits. [read more]
August 5, 2015 2:36 PM |
Companies may benefit from increasingly 'active' institutional shareholders, but directors should not allow their business judgment to be usurped, claims a prominent US lawyer. [read more]
May 27, 2015 11:52 AM |
US pension funds have adopted divergent views on shareholder activism as they 'grapple with how much risk to take to achieve promised returns'. [read more]
May 20, 2015 4:41 PM |
Wintergreen Advisers has warned investors to hold the managers of index equity funds to a 'high standard', particularly in relation to their votes on executive pay. [read more]
May 20, 2015 4:41 PM |
Wintergreen Advisers has warned investors to hold the managers of index equity funds to a 'high standard', particularly in relation to their votes on executive pay. [read more]
April 22, 2015 10:33 AM |
French media conglomerate Vivendi has introduced double-voting rights for long-term shareholders, while reaching consensus with US hedge fund P. Schoenfeld Asset Management. [read more]
April 22, 2015 10:30 AM |
The latest developments in US activist investor campaigns. [read more]
April 15, 2015 3:05 PM |
Commentators in the US are continuing to debate the effectiveness of activist hedge funds, with critics claiming they have an adverse impact on target companies and their creditors. [read more]
April 15, 2015 2:59 PM |
With the UK's 2015 general election looming, the nation's Labour Party has vowed to improve the long-term focus of Britain's corporate community if it comes to power. [read more]
March 25, 2015 12:04 PM |
'Alpha male' independent chairmen hurting performance of top UK companies, contend American fund managers. [read more]
March 25, 2015 12:01 PM |
UK fund house F&C Investments calls for non-renewable resources companies to consider stranded assets as part of their long-term strategy. [read more]
March 25, 2015 11:59 AM |
General news in shareholder activism. [read more]
March 18, 2015 2:14 PM |
Chief Justice Strine of the Delaware Supreme Court advises that advocates for social responsibility accept the law for what it is. [read more]
March 11, 2015 10:45 AM |
Global shareholder activism campaigns. [read more]
February 18, 2015 11:00 AM |
Proposed lawsuit against a UK pension fund for breach of fiduciary duties in the context of climate change could shake up the entire industry. [read more]
February 3, 2015 5:00 PM |
Shell announces support for shareholder resolution which calls for greater disclosure around the company's exposure to climate change. [read more]
January 28, 2015 10:27 AM |
A survey of institutional investors reveals strong support for activism, primarily due to its capacity to drive change, and commentators expect activist hedge funds to target Australia [read more]
November 19, 2014 1:52 PM |
A group of large institutional investors call for global tax reform modernisation and transparency. [read more]
November 12, 2014 12:16 PM |
The Government Pension Investment Fund is becoming more active but commentators are divided as to the likely outcome of this approach, with many anticipating the fund will transform the corporate landscape in Japan. [read more]
October 29, 2014 3:27 PM |
The UK's Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has released a progress report on the government's implementation of measures proposed by the Kay Review to encourage long-termism. [read more]
October 29, 2014 1:07 PM |
Tesco's shortcomings have prompted discussion about external board evaluations and the endorsement of a Board Confidence Index. [read more]