VW, Volkswagen

21 January, 2019

Culture and intangibles top list of engagement concerns

It’s culture, stupid! Whichever way you look at the annual letters from two of the world’s biggest investment managers, it all comes down to a concern for corporate culture. Culture was either ...
Norges Bank

31 October, 2018

Norges Bank declares opposition to combined CEO-chairs

Ever wondered whether your board had the right people in the right roles and committing the right amount of time? Norges Bank, Norway’s investment vehicle for the country’s oil wealth, has weighed...
Larry Fink, BlackRock

23 May, 2018

Asset managers devise questions for “purpose-led” companies

A group of ten asset managers have formulated questions for boards to assess whether their businesses are “genuinely purpose-led”. Investors with assets worth $8trn, including BlackRock, Legal ...
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...
Larry Fink, BlackRock

19 March, 2018

BlackRock reveals more details on its engagement priorities

BlackRock, the world's largest investor, has attempted to put flesh on the bones of its CEO's statement in January about the topics it expects to prioritise for engagement this year. In a
Larry Fink, BlackRock

17 January, 2018

Larry Fink: companies must make a ‘positive contribution’ to society

Larry Fink, chief executive of BlackRock, the world's biggest asset manager, has said companies must make a "positive contribution to society" and benefit all of their stakeholders. The views come ...
Larry Fink, BlackRock

25 January, 2017

BlackRock warns of scrutiny for tax holiday cash

BlackRock, the world's largest investor with $5trn under management, has warned US companies that they will be closely scrutinised for what they do with cash repatriated under the terms of a tax holid...