active investors, institutional investors

7 October, 2019

Active investors bring about better governance, academics confirm

Active investors are piling the pressure on boards and companies to change their ways or improve their governance, but the effects of all that engagement are notoriously difficult to measure. With the...
climate change

30 September, 2019

Sasja Beslik: global finance industry ‘is the key to a sustainable future’

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SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission

23 August, 2019

New SEC guidance increases pressure on proxy advisers over disclosures

For those who campaigned for tighter regulation, it will be viewed as a victory. The top financial watchdog in the US has issued a document that will up the pressure on proxy advisers to disclose more...
gender diversity, gender quotas, gender equality

20 February, 2019

How to accelerate gender diversity

Investors and business decision makers recognise the value of gender diversity, including on corporate boards. Gender diversity is valuable to companies because diverse teams perform better, accord...
Snap, Snapchat, non-voting shares

3 December, 2018

Limits to shareholder voting rights mooted by investors

The long-running issue of shareholder voting rights has come to the fore again.  A group of investors, including Legal & General and Dutch pension fund PGGM, wrote to both the New York Stock Exch...
Patisserie Valerie, Leeds

29 October, 2018

Is it time to apply governance rules to the AIM stock exchange?

Two feted AIM stocks, Patisserie Valerie and Conviviality, revealed financial black holes that almost killed the first, and contributed to the collapse of the latter. While the AIM has always been ...
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...
CSR, corporate social responsibility

22 October, 2018

Why marrying societal impact with financial strategy takes time

After nearly four years as CEO of accountancy firm Grant Thornton, Sacha Romanovitch—one of the first senior female leaders in a major professional services organisation—is to step down and will n...
Short-termism, long-termism

18 October, 2018

How the revised shareholder directive will help overcome short-termism

On 9 June 2017, the EU directive 2017/282 on long-term shareholder engag...
London Stock Exchange, LSE

11 October, 2018

Balancing act: stock exchanges and dual-class shares

Stock exchanges form a critical component of the global financial market ecosystem, serving as gatekeepers linking companies to investors and as ...