Labour vows to hold public inquiry into UK financial sector | Financial Times

An incoming Labour government would launch a public inquiry into Britain’s financial industry to “reveal and root out corruption”, under a plan being drawn up by shadow chancellor John McDonnell. He wants to hold a 12-month public inquiry, set up under the 2005 Inquiries Act, to take evidence under oath into misconduct in the financial…

Bill Winters has undermined good corporate governance | Financial Times

The attack on shareholders by Bill Winters, chief executive of Standard Chartered, for opposing remuneration at the recent shareholder meeting was as unwarranted as it was surprising.While it could easily be dismissed as an individual’s ego bruised by the concerted opposition of nearly 40 per cent of proxies cast against his pay, the wider issues…

 Framework on Climate Change | International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds

President Emmanuel Macron of France and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway convened a roundtable discussion with the One Planet Sovereign Wealth Fund Working Group (“One Planet SWF Group”) at the Elysée Palace followed by a press conference, to mark the publication of the One Planet Sovereign Wealth Fund Framework (“the Framework”).The objective of the…

Japan: One Step Forward on Corporate Governance But More Steps Ahead

The introduction of both a Stewardship Code in 2014 and a Corporate Governance Code a year later in Japan has pushed investors to focus more on the governance standards of the companies they’re invested in and forced companies to make changes – particularly when it comes to appointing independent directors to the board. But accusations…

New UK Rules for Improving shareholder engagement and increasing transparency around stewardship | FCA

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has issued new rules for institutional investor fiduciaries that impose new requirements for engagement and disclosure: We have introduced new requirements to improve shareholder engagement and increase transparency around stewardship. The requirements come into effect on 10 June 2019.  Asset managers and life insurers will need to disclose and make…

Bayer shareholders rebuke CEO over Monsanto deal | Financial Times

Bayer’s supervisory board stood behind its chief executive and top management on Friday in spite of losing a shareholder confidence vote in the fallout from the German pharmaceutical group’s $63bn acquisition of Monsanto and the subsequent drop in its share price. About 55 per cent of shareholders voted against ratifying the actions of the management…