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A Global Climate Deal And Boardrooms

Posted on September 17, 2015 at 5:05 AM

Did you know ? CDP is the only organisation acting on behalf of investors to ask companies the following question:


"Would your organisation's board of directors support an international agreement between governments on climate change, which seeks to limit global temperature rise to under 2 degrees Celsius ...."?


Among the companies it asked were 28 of th...

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So Many Ways To Dodge Better #CorpGov

Posted on September 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM

There are so many examples at the moment of business finding a way around better corporate governance - the very essence of a business, as Stephen Green told us so well.


Never underestimate the prevalence and the power of lobbying. There has been predictable business backlash against the UK National Living Wage (NLW) announced by C...

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Redefining 'Fiduciary Duty' For The 21st Century

Posted on September 9, 2015 at 5:35 PM

The Principles For Responsible Investment (PRI) conference in London is in full swing. Like all the best movements, there is inevitably a sense of preaching to the converted. But anyone in corporate leadership who still sees concern around Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues as a niche area of interest for woolly thinkers would be well mistaken.


One of the important issues under discussion over these three day...

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Global Real Estate Markets Need To Reflect 'Sustainable Business'

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Martin Bruhl is starting his Presidency of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors  (RICS) with a bang.


"Our sector needs to unite and ensure sustainability is fully considered across the whole lifecycle. Responsible action needs to become 'business as usual' within global real estate markets" he will say in his inaugural speech today as the first continental European to take on this role.


I can ...

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Guest Blog: Pressure To Conform Is Revitalising Japan's Corporate Sector

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 2:05 PM

GUEST BLOG:

Michael Stanes, Investment Director at Heartwood Investment Management , part of the Handelsbanken Group.


 "Japanese equities have surged ahead since the start of this year despite lacklustre growth. Economic trends are starting to gather momentum more recently, but what is enthusing investors more is the percepti...

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People: Where Are They in Corporate Reporting ?

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 9:05 AM

How often have you heard the phrase 'people are our greatest asset?' Yet they are strangely absent in corporate reporting. The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) is onto it.


As long-term investors, pension funds have a clear interest in promoting the long-term success of the companies in which they invest. But the NAPF says its members still often struggle to find any clear or consistent reporting with respect to an investee company’s workforce.

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A First In EU Law: Shareholders Don't Own Companies

Posted on May 25, 2015 at 6:10 PM

For a country fixated on whether it should stay in or out of the European Union, the UK is remarkably good at missing all sorts of exciting events taking place within it. 


Even two Bank Holidays can't account for the fact that an important vote around shareholder rights appears to have occurred without making much of an impression on the media. The lawyers have picked it up, however.

 

"In a strong signal about the importance of fostering sustainable an...

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Removing Barriers For Climate-Friendly Investment

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 12:25 AM

Policy actions in the financial sector can significantly contribute to shifting private capital towards climate-friendly investments, says a report recently published by the European Commission.


Shifting Private Finance Towards Climate Friendly Investments - with policy options for mobilising institutional investors has multiple authors including the

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Next #CorpGov Lesson: Greater Employee Involvement?

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 10:15 AM

At London's Mansion House last night, the Egyptian Room was the scene of a real exchange of views from an assorted bunch of people. Not assorted enough - as there was a certain homogeneity of gender and complexion. But it was a good start.


It was the #auditquality forum debate - a collaborative event between the ICAEW, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and the FRC:  'Can business ever get it right?'


Say 'No, of course not - everyone...

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Further Scrutiny: The Exact Impact Of The Stewardship Code

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:05 AM

In another indication of the difficulties in effectively implementing corporate governance codes based on 'principles' rather than 'rules', the UK Stewardship Code is  about to undergo  further scrutiny.


A steering group has been put together to undertake a survey to find out to what extent the Stewardship Code has begun to have an impact on company and investor engagement.


It is working with the 2020 Stewardship Working Party - made up of five i...

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