Institutional investors continue to recognize the importance of their stewardship activities working to improve companies’ ESG, pay, and fiduciary practices through corporate engagement and proxy voting.
Recent contested proxy vote at Proctor & Gamble highlights the antiquated approach to counting ballots from registered shareholders. The approach is bad corporate governance and needs to change.
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.
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.
Highlights in corporate governance from around the globe for January include steps toward coherent corporate reporting systems and the launch of a US stewardship and governance framework.
Highlights in corporate governance from around the globe for November include the adoption of a stewardship code in Brazil and Singapore and the use of proxy access for the first time.