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Is Integrated Reporting Becoming Mainstream ?

Posted on February 15, 2017 at 3:05 PM

The short answer to the question is - not yet - but it is certainly catching on around the world as a business choice for better demonstration of value creation. Regulation is being seen as a key driver of progress, and South Africa, the UK and Europe are leading the way in adopting the concept.

In the last few years, following increasing coverage of integrated reporting (IR) - including by me here on Forbes in late 2013:

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Number Of Institutional Investors Placing Emphasis On Gender Diversity More Than Doubles - Survey

Posted on September 29, 2016 at 2:45 PM

The number of institutional investors who believe that the gender diversity of the senior management of an investee company is 'vitally important ' or 'important' has more than doubled in 12 months, an annual survey of over 100 leading UK and European institutional investors has found.

In 2015, only a quarter of investors surveyed placed importance on gender diversity. But in 2016 it seems a total of 51% of investors agreed on its importance.

The annu...

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Don't Overlook UK's Important Thinking On Audit

Posted on July 14, 2016 at 3:40 PM

We are living in what feel like crazed times in the United Kingdom. But one thing is clear - finally, it may no longer be acceptable to talk about 'corporate governance' synonymously with remarks about 'anoraks' (a deprecating allusion that no one but a Brit could actually fathom, ....).

The reason for the seemingly imminent elevation of corporate governance is our new Prime Minister, Theresa May. The country is still scrambling about trying to keep up with events, so there...

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Guest Blog: More Empathy Needed In Capital Markets

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 3:05 PM


  Jeroen Wilbrink, Senior Client Advisor at NN Investment Partners



"We do many things differently in the Netherlands. I notice these differences, because I have lived most of my adult-life abroad. One example, is that the Dutch share a lot of the news with their ch...

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Business+Climate Summit: Because Acting On #ClimateRisk Cannot Wait

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Pity the organisers of the Business and Climate summit that begins today in London, with two days at the Guildhall.

Because they laid their plans, with painstaking international colllaboration among those focused on climate risk, with no inkling that a few days before the event, the host country would vote for Brexit and reveal its capacity for a complete

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Supply Chain Monitoring Competitors To Collaborate

Posted on June 8, 2016 at 9:15 PM

If there is one word that business is crying out for in 2016 - apart from 'humanity' (think BHS, think Tata Steel, think Sports Direct, more on that one very soon) for me it would be 'collaboration.'

When it comes to the supply chain - a topic I have covered repeatedly on Forbes (if you Google Dina Med...

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ESG Scoring: Study Challenges Traditional Approach

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 5:55 PM

For all those sceptics about the importance of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors and what you can expect from a company's investment performance....

For those who think the three should never be lumped together anyway.....'what's governance got to do with it?'

And for those who despair of showing 'behaviour matters'

A new study from NN Inves...

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Japan's PFA Embraces Stewardship And HermesEOS Gets Ist Client In Japan

Posted on March 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM

A (good) sign of the times? Stewardship is catching on with global investors, and one of the largest pension funds in Japan has just set an example for its peers.

Japan's Pension Fund Association (PFA)  has just appointed Hermes EOS, the stewardship division of Hermes Investment Management, to develop and implement its stewardship activities. With ¥12.7 trillion** ...

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A Little Plain Speaking Goes A Long Way For Good Governance

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 4:50 PM

One doesn't often hear much plain speaking at conferences. Excel, this year's venue for the annual corporate governance held by ICSA does feel like going to another country. But despite the plain speaking, I am pretty sure we were still in London.

Now quietly rebranded as 'The Governance Institute', ICSA kicked off its  #ICSAConf16 on #IWD2016 with Dame Fiona Woolf, erstwhile Lord Mayor of the City of London (my FT i...

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ESG Investing: It's All The Rage - A Guide For Business

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 8:55 PM

Market volatility and institutional investors: if nothing else, it's a great backdrop to look at survey results on the kinds of business concerns that make people think hard (as they tend to do when parting with their money).

An online survey conducted by Natixis Global Asset Management  in October 2015 with 660 senior decision makers working in institutional investment is revealing about the rise and r...

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