Policymakers believe that investment institutions can be persuaded to take a greater role in corporate governance. But do they really possess the willingness and capacity to embrace their stewardship role?
The UK’s Financial Reporting Council has published proposals for a streamlined governance code, while research from Mazars, in association with ecoDa, finds compliance with the existing framework to be variable.
All parties in the shareholder communication chain need to prepare for the enhanced requirements of the new Shareholder Rights Directive—and try to influence its local implementation to encourage a harmonised approach. Broadridge’s Demi Derem and Elizabeth Maiellano highlight the key changes and challenges.
The 2017 Good Governance Report paints a positive picture of the quality of boardroom decisions in our largest organisations, but the focus must now turn to ensuring that the writ of the board is driven down through the organisation.
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