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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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Engagement, Stewardship, Succession PLanning: Hermes EOS Demonstrates

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 12:30 PM

In case anyone does not understand what the fuss is all about on stewardship (see recent Forbes post), or needs help in how to go about it.....

I am shamelessly cutting and pasting from an engagement note from Hermes EOS - read on....(the emphasis in bold is mine).


HERMES EOS:

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Overall Value Of UK 'Ethical Market' Rises As Consumers Choose

Posted on January 1, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Consumer choice continues to fuel demand for 'ethical products' in the UK, despite the challenges, which include the current government's attitude to renewable energy.


Ethical spending has continued to grow despite difficult market conditions, according to the Ethical Consumer Markets Report released at the end of 2015 by Ethical Consumer and Triodos, which brands itself as the 'eth...

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FRC Cracks Down On Signatories To Stewardship Code

Posted on December 14, 2015 at 12:00 AM

When the UK's corporate governance watchdog, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) introduced The Stewardship Code five years ago in 2010, it was clearly relying on 'gentlemen being gentlemen.' (And no, there is no room here and no need for me to go off at a tangent around gender).


The Code has many converts  - and I covered Stewardship and investors recently

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UK PLC Loses Its Appetite For Risk : CFO Survey

Posted on October 5, 2015 at 8:10 AM

George Osborne, the UK 's Chancellor of The Exchequer, is looking a little isolated in his cheerleader role for China this moring.


Corporate risk appetite and sentiment has faded in the face of weakness in emerging economies and global equity markets according to Deloitte’s latest survey of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs). It has guaged the views of 122 CFOs of FTSE 350 and other large private UK companies.

 

 

CFOs’ ...

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