1 May, 2018

Aviva offers ‘goodwill payment’ to investors over preference shares

Aviva, the insurance company, has announced plans for a goodwill payment for shareholders totalling up to £14m following its controversial announcement to cancel preference shares. The payment wil...

29 March, 2018

Watchdog to review Aviva’s plan to cancel preference shares

Aviva could face a regulatory probe over efforts to cancel £450m in preference shares. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed in a letter to a powerful House of Commons committee that...

10 October, 2017

Diageo tops UK’s good governance index

Diageo, the owner of drink brands such as Jonnie Walker, Guinness and Baileys, has a topped rankings for good corporate governance in the UK. The Institute of Directors annual ranking, the
Sports Direct, Keith Hellawell

4 August, 2017

Major investors ditch Sports Direct holdings as governance concerns continue

Major investors have divested their holdings in Sports Direct, as the retailer continues to battle to convince the markets that it has improved its governance. Standard Life has sold its 5.8% holdi...
Steve Waygood, Aviva

29 March, 2017

A good investment: Steve Waygood

Steve Waygood holds what at first glance seems like a contradictory view. Markets, he says, are failing to address environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. But—and it’s a big but—he em...
reputation, reputation management

28 March, 2017

Time to focus on reputation

As Board Agenda was going to press this quarter, VW, the beleaguered German carmaker, found itself making ...
Marks & Spencer

13 March, 2017

M&S and BHP Billiton lead new human rights benchmark

Retailer Marks & Spencer, along with mining giant BHP Billiton, have topped a new benchmark ranking companies on their performance against human rights. The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CH...