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Raising The Global Bar On ESG Issues With Stock Indexes

Posted on July 4, 2017 at 2:05 PM

Is the world's largest pension fund leading the way on how to get change on a number of fronts, from gender diversity to sustainability ?

Judging by the recent decisions made by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) of Japan, it might well be - given its adoption of some core environmental. social and governance (ESG) benchmarks.

As reported here on Board Talk, GPIF - which has over $1.3 trillion in assets,

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New ESG Index Chosen By World's Largest Pension Fund

Posted on July 3, 2017 at 12:15 PM

The Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) of Japan, the world's largest pension fund with over $1.3 trillion in assets. has selected a new index provided by FTSE Russell, the global index provider, as a core ESG benchmark.

The new FTSE Blossom Japan Index is constructed using FTSE Russell’s ESG Ratings data model, which draws on existing international ESG standards, including the UN ...

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First Climate Risk Shareholder Proposal Supported By BlackRock

Posted on May 15, 2017 at 11:55 AM

Tell me again that the world is not changing in its attitude to climate risk. Investors have their ears to the ground and even the most reluctant to hear appear to be listening and willing to put pressure on business regarding the need for better corporate reporting on an issue that is increasingly being identified as a 'systemic risk.'


As we looked forward to another weekend and prayed for no 'news' to disrupt it, a climate risk shareholder proposal passed at a maj...

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IOD Calls For Investors To Have Bigger Say On Executive Pay

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 9:00 PM

A new rule forcing Britain's listed businesses to give shareholders a second vote if a significant majority reject the company's pay report is called for today by the Institute of Directors.



Under the IoD’s proposals, if 30% of investors oppose the remuneration report at the annual meeting, the company would have to look again at its pay policy and give shareholders another vote. Despite a series of h...

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Hermes Calls For #CorpGov Code For Private Infrastructure Assets

Posted on February 13, 2017 at 11:10 AM

Hermes Investment Management is calling for an enhanced corporate governance code for private infrastructure assets.


It suggests the code "would provide essential social services to help close the governance gap and ensure consistent and optimal outcomes for investors, employees and other stakeholders."


In its paper ‘

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Investors: Key Agents For Change In Business Practices On Animal Welfare

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 12:35 PM

Spare a thought for business. In a world where guessing what's next on the agenda from those in political leadership becomes a major daily past-time, it must be hard to stay focused on what the consumer public's concerns are - and keep up with them, or be seen to do so.


Starbucks was very quick to say it would hire ...

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Focusing On Asia's Boardrooms With #PRIinPerson

Posted on September 5, 2016 at 9:55 AM

From my vantage point in Singapore, these are exciting times. This is how China reported the #G20 summit:

 


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UK PLC : A 'Digital Divide', Says CBI

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 12:05 AM

It has been an open secret. But now  the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)  - under the leadership of its first female Director General, Carolyn Fairbairn, has called it out.



CBI Director General: Carolyn Fairbairn

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Letting Business Speak For Itself: A Database On Human Rights

Posted on March 31, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Who would have thought it ? There is real momentum around ensuring the respect of human rights by publicly listed businesses.


We are getting one 'world first' after another - not only was the world's first ranking on human rights launched recently - covered on Forbes - but there's a database too, with sub...

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