As reported in the FT today, the 20th edition of the Manifest Total Remuneration Survey is now online. The first report was published after the Greenbury Report and over the years the survey has become a staple and trusted resource to support engagement on executive pay by investors, issuers and regulators  alike. Headline numbers do not tell the whole […]

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BEIS Sign

As the UK Government moves towards more detailed legislative proposals for enhancing corporate governance, it has published a list of “some of the worst excuses for not appointing women to FTSE boards”. Around 30% of FTSE350 companies have few or no women on their boards or in senior roles. According to the research, which is being published as […]

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Melrose plc logo

When you submit your proxy votes it’s normally safe to assume that what you voted on is, well, what is going to get voted on. Maybe not. Now that the dust has settled on the takeover of GKN plc by Melrose Industries plc it seems like an appropriate moment to take a look at some […]

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IRRI Survey 2017

Manifest has achieved a Top 4th ranking for the independent provider that is best at delivering Proxy Voting Execution in the IRRI Survey 2017, the globally-authoritative review of trends in independent SRI & corporate governance research. The IRRI survey 2017 has asked carefully targeted questions to a broad cross-section of SRI, corporate governance and investment […]

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sustainable finance action plan

The European Commission’s Action Plan on Sustainable Finance, launched last week, was broadly welcomed by responsible investment groups and those representing the financial sector. The Commission’s intention is to develop a financial system that supports the EU’s climate and sustainable development agenda. The publication of the action plan followed the work of the high-level group of […]

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AIM

The London Stock Exchange has confirmed that it has strengthened the corporate governance requirements for AIM companies from the 28th September this year with new entrants to the market having to comply with the rule from the end of March 2018. The board of directors at AIM companies must now provide a recognised corporate governance code […]

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lobbying

A coalition of at least 74 investors has filed resolutions at 50 US companies asking for more disclosure of payments for lobbying, including to trade associations. The resolutions have been coordinated by Walden Asset Management and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Walden and the AFSCME said the 2018 resolutions had been filed […]

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Hong Kong

The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) and the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA) are urging institutional investors to respond to the latest consultation from the Hong Kong stock exchange which proposed allowing certain companies with dual-class share structures to list. The proposals form part of the stock exchanges aspiration to be a more attractive place to list […]

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corporate governance codes

National corporate governance codes need to be adapted to take account of the challenges that exist when companies have dominant shareholders or small groups of shareholders collectively have a dominant share of the total shareholder vote according to a survey of directors conducted by the accountancy firm Mazars, the international accountancy and advisory firm, and the […]

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Manifest’s services were unavailable this morning due to a power failure in central London affecting many businesses. All communications have now been restored. If you are still experiencing difficulties please contact support@manifest.co.uk Service updates Tim Clarke IT Director

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