Board Gender Diversity in Europe

Some of the UK’s largest pension investors have collaborated to establish a formal, repeatable diversity assessment and improvement process.

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Data, Sustainability risks internal audit

Providers of data and ratings for environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors could come under an explicit international regulatory framework to ensure consistency, according to a new report from the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).

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Australia, Parliament, JobKeeper

With Australian proxy season preparations now underway, the Australian federal authorities are looking to introduce a public register of companies that use the government’s JobKeeper programme. Debates around the proposed bill centre over the impact and fairness of Covid furlough support and a lack of corporate transparency over the uptake and use of wage subsidies.

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FCA

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has hit out at “poor quality” product applications for ESG funds and set out detailed guidance for fund managers.

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Biodiversity Briefing

Today, investors are increasingly aware that all forms of capital, including natural capital, contribute to long-term sustainable growth. To mark Earth Day 2021, Minerva published a Briefing on Biodiversity and Stewardship to help investors consider the role of natural capital in their investments.

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Purpose can help companies improve stakeholder confidence

Purpose can help companies improve stakeholder confidence Experts discussed the importance of purpose at The Investor Forum’s 2021 annual webinar Companies that focus on purpose have a more comprehensive understanding of value creation and sustainability, which can increase stakeholder confidence in business, according to The Investor Forum. Focussing on purpose can help companies and investors […]

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Investor Forum embraces ‘stakeholder capitalism’

An investment industry initiative set up to help escalate material issues with UK-listed companies has reported its strongest year to date for collective engagement activity. The Investor Forum said 2020 had proved to be a watershed year for the development of its investor stewardship agenda and that it had engaged with more companies than ever […]

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Taskforce aims to strengthen stewardship in UK

A government taskforce led by HM Treasury has outlined a series of far-reaching recommendations designed to put stewardship at the heart of the UK’s commitment to ‘build back better’ post-coronavirus. Twenty proposals across three themes are designed to help investment managers and asset owners expand their stewardship activity across different asset classes, including bonds, and […]

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Minerva wins top industry award

Minerva wins top industry award Minerva has scooped an award from the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) for excellence in corporate governance. Minerva won the Excellence in Corporate Governance Award for 2020 after being selected by an independent panel of judges. The results were announced at the virtual ICGN Global Stewardship Awards ceremony on 5 […]

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Write down governance standards to improve them, study finds

Write down governance standards to improve them, study finds Organisations and people are more likely to commit to a higher standard of corporate governance if their purpose is written down, according to research by Washington University in St Louis. The paper, Personal and Organizational Higher Purpose, Corporate Governance and Shareholder Value, questioned more than 1,000 […]

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