Infographic: Understanding the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) | FrameworkESG

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) began as one global index in 1999, comprising the top-ranked companies from each industry based on environmental, social, and governance criteria. The DJSI now includes many indices, including one for each world region. Each year, invited companies submit a questionnaire, which is scored and compared to peers. Only companies…

Stewardship moves beyond box ticking | Minerva-Manifest

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published a new UK Stewardship Code which is due to come into effect on 1 January 2020. The revised Code has set a higher standard for how money is invested on behalf of UK savers and pensioners that the FRC said reflects “the changing expectations of investors and the…

WeWork Employee Options Underwater as Ex-CEO Reaps – WSJ

VEA Vice Chair Nell Minow is quoted in the Wall Street Journal about the mind-boggling $1.7 billion departure package for Adam Neumann at We Work, which includes $187 million in consulting fees and a $500 million line of credit. “There used to be crazy departure packages in the past, and shareholders really objected,” said Nell…

Do Corporate Governance Ratings change Investor Expectations? Evidence from Announcements by Institutional Shareholder Services | Review of Finance | Oxford Academic

Paul M Guest and Marco Nerino assess the impact of governance ratings. We continue to be very skeptical of any study focusing on the immediate impact of any particular information as being especially significant, but we believe this analysis is worth reviewing. This paper examines empirically the announcement effect of commercial corporate governance ratings on…

ANALYSIS: SEC Corp Fin Staff Tackles “Ordinary Business” Again

Bloomberg’s Peter Rasmussen analyzes a revision of the “ordinary business” exemption for excluding shareholder proposals. He suggests that board members should review management’s assessment that particular proposals should be excluded. The SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance staff has issued 22 legal bulletins since July 2001. Of those 22, 12 have dealt with shareholder proposals. The…

Activists thought BlackRock, Vanguard were climate allies. Not now

In 2017, the two biggest U.S.-based fund managers, BlackRock and Vanguard — which control a combined $12 trillion in assets — both voted to require Exxon Mobil to produce a report on climate change. It was a seen as watershed moment showing what can occur when the biggest index funds punch their weight at the…