Call for FTSE 350 firms to appoint more women to senior leadership roles

FTSE 350 senior women

The UK government-backed Hampton-Alexander Review 2017, has urged FTSE 350 companies to fill more board and senior leadership positions with talented women with the hope of making the UK a world-leader on gender diversity in business. The review, which was …

Blackrock speaks out on share voting rights

Blackrock share voting rights

Global investment giant Blackrock has spoken out on share voting rights recently. This has become particularly controversial in the US with tech firms giving their founders’ shares preferential voting rights. For example, Snapchat listed on the New York Stock Exchange …

Manifest seminar: Time to reset the governance debate

Panellists agreed it was time to reset the governance debate highlighting the need for companies to improve their reporting and “be brave” in their disclosures to investors and other stakeholders at the Manifest seminar held this week.

Manifest time reset governance debate

David Styles director

Manifest/ICSA: UK governance reforms

Manifest ICSA corporate governance seminar

Company secretaries have the opportunity to learn more about the UK government’s recent corporate governance proposals from a range of experts at a forthcoming seminar organised by Manifest, in association with ICSA – The Governance Institute.

The event …

UK FTSE 350 companies could still do more to tackle cyber security

Equifax data breach

Despite recent high profile cyber attacks more than two thirds of boards at the UK’s biggest  companies have not received training to deal with a cyber incident (68%) according to the government’s latest cyber governance health check survey.

The …

Female representation on financial sector boards is growing

FTSE 350 senior women
A quarter of board directors at firms and organisations in the European banking and finance industry are women, and almost one in five (18%) executive committee (exco) members are female, according to recently published research conducted by the think …

UK Pre-Emption Group reviews Statement of Principles implementation

The Pre-Emption Group has published a monitoring report looking at implementation of the 2015 Statement of Principles and the template resolutions. The principles relate to the when considering the case for disapplying pre-emption rights
Pre-Emption Group:

Robert Swannell, Chairman of Marks &

President Trump begins rollback of Dodd-Frank

shareholder rights

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday (3rd February) seeking a review of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulatory framework. At the same time President Trump has rescinded the Fiduciary Rule which was designed to eliminate investment advisor conflicts-of-interest

Manifest Statement on UK Government’s #Corpgov Green Paper

Manifest welcomes the Dept BEIS Corporate Governance Reform Green Paper which has been published today. Stakeholders are now faced with a very detailed and potentially far-reaching consultation which touches on a wide variety of topical issues. See Video

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GAO proxy advisor report goes to US Congress

The perceived influence of proxy advisors has grown in recent years, but the actual extent of that influence is still unclear. This is one of the findings from a new report produced by Government Accountability Office(GAO) at the request of …