Blog : BOARD TALK
|Posted on July 17, 2017 at 12:45 PM|
UK plc has had such a strong quarter when it comes to dividend payments that Capita Asset Services has upgraded its 2017 forecast for headline dividends to a record £90.6bn, up 7.0% year-on-year.
UK dividends hit an all-time record of £33.3bn in the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest Dividend Monitor from Capita Asset Services which provides infrastructure, services and expertise to clients a...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 27, 2017 at 6:55 AM|
Startling figures? Just 5% of 1,241 European Pensions schemes have considered the investment risk posed by climate change. T
A report by Mercer, the consultancy gathers information from 1,241 institutional investors across 13 countries, reflecting total assets of around €1.1 trillion. As well as investment strategy information, it tracks the drivers behind Environ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 17, 2017 at 11:20 AM|
Oops. That's a bit of a governance FAIL.
More than 50% of UK domiciled funds do not have any independent directors. For funds domiciled overseas, the proportion with no independent directors drops to 20%, according to a survey conducted by LCP, the consultancy.
In the survey of nearly 300 investment funds used by UK pension schemes, LCP found that despite the UK’s leading reputation for fund governance, the jurisdict...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM|
Ah, the theatre of corporate governance: it's the Volkswagen AGM tomorrow.
Hermes EOS, the stewardship and engagement team of Hermes Investment Management, recommends voting against the discharge of the management and supervisory boards of Volkswagen, as well as its revised remuneration policy.
"Our recommendation to vote against the discharge of th...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 28, 2017 at 1:40 PM|
Corporate culture, M&A and sustainability are all in the spotlight at today's Bayer AGM.
Hermes Investment Management is drawing attention to its "wide-ranging sustainability-related concenrs about the pending acquisition by Bayer, the German life science company, of Monsanto, the US agricultural company best-known for genetic modification."
"Mergers can often have a negative impact on the overall value of a company, with the process complicated f...Read Full Post »
Hermes To Vote Against Re-Election Of Nomination Committee Chair At Rio Tinto plc Due To Lack Of Progress On Diversity
|Posted on April 11, 2017 at 12:25 PM|
It's the Rio Tinto AGM tomorrow - and Hermes Investment Management intends to put its votes firmly behind stated policy on gender diversity as a priority.
"Due to the lack of diversity and a credible plan to address this imperative issue, and consistent with our voting policy, Hermes EOS recommends voting against the re-election of Jan du Plessis in his capacity as chair of the nominations committee at R...Read Full Post »
|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:Read Full Post »
|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...Read Full Post »
|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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 7, 2016 at 3:05 PM|