VW, Volkswagen

21 January, 2019

Culture and intangibles top list of engagement concerns

It’s culture, stupid! Whichever way you look at the annual letters from two of the world’s biggest investment managers, it all comes down to a concern for corporate culture. Culture was either ...
BlackRock

26 October, 2018

BlackRock’s sustainable investment ambition

It was probably inevitable, but the fact that the world’s largest fund manager has thrown its weight behind sustainable investing really puts down a marker. [pull-left]“Sustainable investing wi...
Larry Fink, BlackRock

23 May, 2018

Asset managers devise questions for “purpose-led” companies

A group of ten asset managers have formulated questions for boards to assess whether their businesses are “genuinely purpose-led”. Investors with assets worth $8trn, including BlackRock, Legal ...
Mazars, investors, responsible investment, sustainability

18 May, 2018

Sustainable expectations: how the ESG investment agenda is shifting

It’s a perennial debate, but one that refuses to go away. Companies need to plan for the long term but are concerned that demands from investors create a short-term attitude that will drive focus aw...
Larry Fink, BlackRock

19 March, 2018

BlackRock reveals more details on its engagement priorities

BlackRock, the world's largest investor, has attempted to put flesh on the bones of its CEO's statement in January about the topics it expects to prioritise for engagement this year. In a
Larry Fink, BlackRock

17 January, 2018

Larry Fink: companies must make a ‘positive contribution’ to society

Larry Fink, chief executive of BlackRock, the world's biggest asset manager, has said companies must make a "positive contribution to society" and benefit all of their stakeholders. The views come ...
exxonmobil, climate change

12 December, 2017

Exxon bows to shareholder demands and agrees climate change report

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China flag, Chinese governance

8 September, 2017

China’s Communist Party occupies central governance role

The Communist Party in China has been disclosed as being at the core of governance in more than 30 state-owned companies registered on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, rather than the Chinese state, acco...
Larry Fink, BlackRock

22 May, 2017

Philanthropist challenges BlackRock over executive pay voting

BlackRock, the world's biggest fund manager, faces claims that it is too soft when it comes to voting on executive pay. Steve Silberstein, a multimillionaire tech entrepreneur and philanthropist, h...