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ICGN appoints Michael McCauley as new chairman

International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN)
Michael McCauley, Senior Officer – Investment Programs & Governance State Board of Administration (SBA) of Florida, which runs the assets of the state’s pensions funds, has taken over from Triodos’ Erik Breen as chair of the International Corporate Governance

Taylor Review: Trade unions wanted more radical change

Taylor Review

Trade union bodies, the TUC and the GMB, commented that they would have liked more radical proposals from Matthew Taylor and his team in his Good Work report reviewing modern employment practices that were published last week.

The Taylor …

Responsible investors press for M&S to pay living wage to staff

Marks and Spencer pay Living wage
A group of institutional investors with over £100 billion assets under management, coordinated by responsible investment pressure group, ShareAction, has requested that Marks & Spencer accredits as a Living Wage employer because they believe there will be significant benefits for

EU's Sustainable Finance Group produces early recommendations

LGIM climate change

The EU’s High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, established by the European Commission, has published its interim report and made early recommendations to move Europe towards a low carbon, more resource-efficient and sustainable economy.

The Commission said that …

RE100 initiative reaches 100th-member milestone

CDP fossil fuel

The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative has celebrated gaining its 100th member this week. The initiative supports and showcases global businesses transitioning to 100% renewable electricity across their global operations and its membership now covers a total revenue of US$2.5 trillion.…

US Financial Choice Act: Investors urge Senators not to pass law

Financial Choice Act

The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), a coalition of US institutional investors that engage companies on the environmental and social impacts of their operations, has urged US Senators not to pass the Financial CHOICE Act.

The ICCR sent …

Kenya makes corporate governance improvements

Kenya corporate governance

Corporate governance in Kenya is improving due to enhanced corporate disclosure and improved regulation according to this year’s corporate governance index from Cyton Investments.

Cyton noted that its first index, and accompanying corporate governance analysis, published last year had …

EU Commission issues guidance on non-financial reporting

EU Commission guidance non-financial reporting

The European Commission has adopted guidelines on the disclosure of environmental and social information. The Commission said they will help companies to disclose relevant non-financial information in a consistent and more comparable manner.

These guidelines have been published as companies …

Unions: Bangladesh safety accord needs extension after factory blast

Bangladesh fire safety accord

Global trade unions have called on the Accord in Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh to be extended to include boiler safety after the recent explosion (3rd July) at the Multifabs garment factory in the capital Dhaka that killed at …

Institutional investors call for better global workforce disclosure

global workforce disclosure
A coalition of 79 institutional investors from 10 countries, with nearly $8 trillion assets under management, coordinated by the responsible investment group, ShareAction, have backed a demand that companies disclose more information on how they manage their global workforces.
The …

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