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2 February, 2021

Norges Bank divests from companies over tax issues

Norges Bank, one of the world's biggest investment managers, has revealed that is has divested from seven companies over tax issues in the past year. News service
BlackRock offices in San Francisco

27 January, 2021

Annual BlackRock CEO letter focuses on climate and diversity

Companies wait expectantly for the annual CEO letter from Larry Fink, chief executive of BlackRock, the world’s biggest fund manager.
Board meeting in glass-walled office

15 January, 2021

‘A systemic risk’: investors demand greater ethnic diversity in boardrooms

In case there was any doubt: it’s time to address the lack of ethnic diversity in boardrooms. The issue has been in the background for some time, but the Black Lives Matter protests in the US, UK...
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15 December, 2020

NBIM set to publish voting intentions five days before company AGMs

Boards may well brace for impact after recent news. Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which is worth KR 10,867bn (£930bn/$1,244bn) and has invested in more than 9,000 companies worldwide, is ...
Sacha Sadan, LGIM

9 December, 2020

LGIM’s Sacha Sadan on stewardship and sustainability

In our latest podcast we interview Sacha Sadan, director of investment stewardship at Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM) and one of fund management’s most influential thinkers on corpora...
CEOs standing on equal pay piles

25 November, 2020

Decrease in CEO pay variation blamed on ‘reciprocal benchmarking’

Attention around executive remuneration is usually focused on rocketing pay deals. Now researchers have unearthed a new phenomenon in the US: a dramatic fall in variation. Academics from the Nether...
audit committee, high-quality audit

16 November, 2020

Audit fees increase when foreign investors become majority owners

While there is much attention on audit and whether it's working, there has been less focus on fees. Researchers investigating the cost of audit in Europe believe the price tag rises when foreign inves...
Puzzle pieces in a cityscape

12 November, 2020

UK seeks powers to block foreign investment on national security grounds

Just as observers expect M&A activity to spike becaus...
Stock market board

5 November, 2020

Dividend payouts set to resume after pandemic-related cuts

Dividends are coming back. That is the prediction at least of one piece of research after the pandemic caused hundreds of companies to cut their payouts. But boards are likely to be considering the et...
US flag flying on Wall Street

28 October, 2020

Governance experts call for US Stakeholder Capitalism Act

The US debate over the future of capitalism continues to flare with a proposal for new legislation that would shift companies away from “shareholder primacy” and into the realm of “stakeholder g...