15 October 2012
On 12 October 2012 ICSA announced that a “steering group of industry experts – companies, investors and other key stakeholders – has today launched ‘Improving Engagement Practices by Companies and Institutional Investors’, a consultation document on stewardship”. The ICSA press release is here and the consultation document is here.
From the press release:
“Areas covered in the consultation document include:
• Whether the nature of the discussion between a company and its investors needed to change, with more emphasis on a dialogue which built and encouraged a long-term relationship with, and commitment to, the company;
• what improvements can be made to the process of holding engagement meetings;
• whether companies and institutional investors should seek feedback on the quality of meetings, and how that might be most effectively done.
Respondents are also asked to comment on a list of practical measures designed to make meetings more productive.”
The Steering Group intends to issue guidance in March 2013.
See als0: UK Corporate Governance and Stewardship Codes: FRC confirms changes
1 October 2012
The Financial Reporting Council confirmed on 28 September 2012 that it is going ahead with changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code and the Stewardship Code. These changes were consulted on in April 2012, as we discussed here. The changes to both Codes are ”intended to increase accountability and engagement through the investment chain”. The FRC’s press release is here.
The new version of the Governance Code is here and the new version of the Stewardship Code is here. The updated Codes apply from 1 October 2012.
The FRC has also published an updated edition of its Guidance on Audit Committees to reflect the changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code, and will carry out further consultation on whether changes are needed to those parts of the UK Corporate Governance Code dealing with remuneration when the Government’s legislation on remuneration reporting and voting has been finalised. Any changes following this consultation will be effected in the next edition of the Code.
UK Corporate Governance Code
Here is the FRC’s summary of the changes to the Governance Code:
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