Matt Orsagh, CFA, CIPM, is a director of capital markets policy at CFA Institute, where he focuses on corporate governance issues. He was named one of the 2008 “Rising Stars of Corporate Governance” by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management.
July’s corporate governance news includes a new stewardship code, tracking ESG indexes, a win and a loss for dual-class shares, disclosing executive pay, and possible changes to a listing regime.
A new index for tracking the performance of non-state-owned organizations and moves toward taking some steps that are counter to good corporate governance made news in June.
Although there have been improvements in executive compensation practices, there are still more improvements that need to be made.
Pushing for gender diversity on boards, adopting stewardship principles, and creating an index to rank firms on their corporate governance are a few of the highlights in corpgov news for May.
Financial Choice Act would require shareowners that want to file a resolution at a company’s annual meeting to hold 1% of a company’s shares for three years to do so. Categories: Standards, Ethics and Regulations
There is a growing interest in a venture exchange in the United States to list smaller and startup companies operating under relaxed listing and regulatory rules, and the time could be right.
Japan, Malaysia, and UK release updates to their corporate governance codes, and in the US, issues continue to swirl around Snap’s IPO and the Financial Choice Act.
Firms that moved to the Novo Mercado single-class structure experienced higher firm performance, but face continuing criticism that reforms did not eliminate the dominance of controlled companies.
Highlights in corporate governance in February include countries releasing new protocols, updating their governance codes, and encouraging governance changes to better protect investors.