13 November, 2017

ESG low priority for more than half of Japanese companies, survey shows

A survey of Japanese companies has found that more than half, 58%, have no interest in joining an index that measures performance on environmental, social or governance (ESG) metrics. The news come...
European Union, EU

22 August, 2017

Amended Shareholder Rights Directive implemented

A new EU directive, which aims to encourage effective and sustainable shareholder engagement in listed companies, was given the green light this summer, after
sustainable investment, EU, ESG, sustainable finance, sustainable economy

20 July, 2017

Sustainable Finance report: implications for investors and directors

Potential avenues for reform of the financial system towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient and sustainable economy have been mapped out in an
Alice Steenland, AXA

18 July, 2017

A partner for society: Alice Steenland

Mention the phrase “corporate responsibility” and most people in the know will immediately think of AXA, the world’s largest insurance company. Alice Steenland, the company’s chief corporat...
EU flag, EU sustainability, Sustainable Finance

14 July, 2017

Fiduciary duties must include ‘sustainability risk’, says EU group

The fiduciary duties of directors should include a responsibility to manage long-term sustainability risks, according to the
Japan, GPIF, ESG, investment, Tokyo stock exchange

14 July, 2017

World’s largest pension fund GPIF to allocate more to ESG

The Government Pension Invest Fund of Japan (GPIF), the world's largest pension fund, is set to significantly increase its ESG holdings. The fund currently has 3% of its $1.3trn in assets allocated...
Emmanuel Macron, France

11 July, 2017

France: Macron and the future of corporate governance

The election of president Emmanuel Macron in May, and the success of his representatives in...
Fiona Reynolds, PRI

19 June, 2017

A matter of principle: Fiona Reynolds

One thing that provokes the ire of Fiona Reynolds, managing director of Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), is when company directors tell her they’ve had no questions from their investors ...
environment, ESG, society

9 May, 2017

Directors’ body says CEOs should “speak up” on societal issues

Chief executives should speak up on societal issues where they coincide with corporate values, according to the head of Europe's body representing directors. Irene Prijovic, chair of ecoDa—the E...
climate change, sustainability

20 April, 2017

Systemic risk and corporate governance to lead Cass event

Cass Business School is to bring together a group of key thinkers to explore the impact of systemic risk—such as climate change and inequality—on corporate governance. Panellists including Pa...