climate change

23 September, 2019

Major asset owners pledge to decarbonise portfolios by 2050

Boards are set to come under fresh pressure to act on the climate crisis after asset owners controlling $2.4trn in investments said they would decarbonise their portfolios by 2050. The announcement...
chair, boardroom

16 September, 2019

Board independence revealed as key issue for investors in 2020

The independence of company chairs in Europe could figure heavily in the deliberations of one of the chief proxy advisers as it formulates its policies for the 2020 season of annual meetings.
investors, stock markets, stewardship

30 January, 2019

New stewardship code shifts emphasis to disclosures and ‘outcomes’

If you thought only companies were required to be clear about their “purpose”, think again. This morning the UK’s governance regulator has given fair warning to asset managers that they too will...
Elizabeth Warren

1 October, 2018

A new act in the performance of capitalism

It’s probable that Senator Elizabeth Warren, author of the proposed Accountable Capitalism Act, does not think of herself as a socialist. A Democrat, yes. But socialist? Unlikely. However, Warren...
executive pay, remuneration policies

14 August, 2018

Investors tougher on pay in latest voting season

The UK has seen a significant rise in the number of investor revolts against remuneration reports, according to figures published by Big Four accounting firm Deloitte. The news will support the vie...
Ashurst, M&A, corporate venture capital

18 May, 2018

Preparation key for growing trend of corporate venture capital deals

When the business pages write about venture capital they usually fail to make an important distinction. Though VC deals make for attention-grabbing headlines, it is corporate venture capital investmen...
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...
Mazars, cybercrime, cybersecurity

15 May, 2018

A road map for protection against cybercrime security

As international cybercrime becomes big business and a primary corporate risk, boards are grappling with understanding its complexities, and ensuring robust defences are in place against hackers. T...

14 May, 2018

EC seeks to amend and standardise shareholder rights law

A public consultation conducted by the European Commission on amendments to shareholder rights has now closed. The new law would introduce minimum requirements in the transmission of information fo...
chief executive

26 February, 2018

Investors more concerned than CEOs about cybersecurity

Investors are more concerned about cyber-attacks than chief executives are, according to new research by PwC.