Stock market listings

26 January, 2021

Why Covid-19 is driving action on climate, biodiversity and social justice

Following an incredibly challenging year for the world in 2020, many people were looking forward to 2021 and putting the vicissitudes of the Covid-19 pandemic behind them. But with many countries begi...
Businessmen shaking hands in from of cityscape

17 December, 2020

Covid and liquidity boost ‘mega’ M&A deals

Corporate finance junkies will have noticed the stream of M&A "mega deals" (those worth $5bn or more) over recent months, capped by news this week of
Covid-19 crisis and stock market prices

20 August, 2020

ESG ‘not a factor’ in share price resilience during Covid-19 crisis

There’s bad news for supporters of companies who score highly on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. Academics claim that lofty ESG ratings failed to “immunise” the stock prices ...
combined CEO chair role

4 February, 2020

LGIM to vote against combined CEO/chair roles worldwide

Leaders occupying both the chief executive and board chair roles in corporates around the world have been put on notice: Legal...
Norwegian oil rig

15 November, 2019

Norges Bank excludes G4S from portfolio over human rights concerns

Boardrooms were delivered a blunt reminder this week that human rights cannot be ignored. Norges Bank, the $1,...
SEC seal

1 November, 2019

ISS launches lawsuit against the SEC over proxy adviser guidelines

A battle in the US over corporate governance advice provided by proxy advisers has reached a new twist with one of the market’s most prominent players,
active investors, shareholder rights

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...