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Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are increasingly at the forefront of debate in the Australian market and 2021’s AGM season proved no exception.

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Votes, voting

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved several amendments to proxy voting rules to address concerns about the impairment of advice quality.

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EU-wide task force appointed as NFRD reform gathers pace

Investment firms will be expected to publish more data on their voting rights and influence over companies in which they invest under new EU rules.

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Josh Frydenberg

Australian investors hit out at planned proxy rules 14 May, 2021 A proposed Australian government clampdown on proxy advice provision risks limiting the ability of investors to raise issues with corporate boards, investor groups have warned. The rule changes, put forward by Australia’s federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg, would force proxy advice firms to make their […]

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Minerva launches pooled fund split voting service: ‘VotePlus’

AMX and DWS adopt Minerva’s split voting technology ‘VotePlus’ in upcoming launch New solution rapidly accelerates sustainable stewardship Minerva Analytics, Europe’s leading independent proxy voting agency, has embedded its VoteTech in a new, ground-breaking solution designed to help investors better meet their stewardship commitments. The Asset Management Exchange (AMX), part of the Willis Towers Watson […]

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Asset managers are avoiding ESG shareholder resolutions

Asset managers are avoiding ESG shareholder resolutions The biggest shareholders need to lead on proxy voting and public engagement, a leading NGO says. Some of the world’s largest asset managers are not using their proxy voting rights to support sustainable progress in their investee companies, despite publicly committing to responsible investment. Responsible investment NGO ShareAction […]

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SEC forms climate and ESG taskforce

SEC lambasted over shareholder rights change as companies fail to meet ESG targets  The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has come under fire from investor groups after it voted to adopt amendments to its shareholder proposal rules. In what is being seen by investors as a major blow for corporate transparency and shareholder democracy, the SEC […]

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Investor group urges SEC to reopen proxy rules comment period

Investor group urges SEC to reopen proxy rules comment period A group of investors is calling on the SEC to reopen the comment period on amendments to shareholder proxy rules after new data was submitted by its Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA). The DERA data, submitted on August 14, revealed that changes to […]

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Dalriada Trustees selects Minerva for implementation statements reporting

Dalriada Trustees selects Minerva for implementation statements reporting Dalriada Trustees, one of the UK’s largest independent trustee firms, has selected Minerva Analytics to carry out vital duties for its pension fund clients related to the newly introduced implementation statement. Dalriada, which operates out of seven UK offices, has appointed Minerva to assess its external asset […]

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UK steps closer to SRD II adoption

Proxy vote confirmations one step closer as UK publishes SRDII implementation plans The UK government has published the full text of its planned Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD II) legislation as it moves closer to bringing the new rules into law.  Despite the country’s exit from the European Union, the UK has been working on incorporating […]

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