Shareholder-focused capitalism beginning to fray

Banks holding shares on behalf of clients are still responsible for human rights due diligence at the companies whose shares they hold, according to the UN.

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Northern Rock’s former shareholders have lost their bid for a judicial review of the nationalisation compensation scheme but have vowed to press their claims in the the House of Lords and, potentially, the European Court of Human Rights.  The House of Lords appeal could be heard in summer 2010 but  an appeal to the European Court could take […]

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A research study by Manifest’s US partners, PROXYGovernance Inc(PGI), reveals some interesting trends about US board governance. PGI’s review of Russell 3000 companies holding their 2009 annual meeting prior to July 1 reveals that boards of financial services firms have added fewer new directors since the sub-prime credit crisis began than boards in any other major sector. […]

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The Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has opended the consultation period for the Circular on Remuneration Systems, which is expected to enter into force on 1 January 2010. The Circular will have a direct impact on the remuneration systems of the financial institutions concerned. The Circular will aim to ensure that remuneration systems do […]

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Manifest’s campaign to ensure shareholders at Irish companies have the opportunity to cast an advisory vote on the remuneration report gathered momentum over the weekend, with a full page article in the Irish edition of The Sunday Times.  Last month Manifest filed shareholder resolutions at five Irish companies seeking an advisory say-on-pay vote. The Sunday […]

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