Stop Talking About How CSR Helps Your Bottom Line

Companies are starting to care more about corporate social responsibility (CSR). Among the largest 250 companies in the world, 92% produced a CSR report in 2015, informing shareholders and the public about the firm’s activities. That’s up from 64% having such a report in 2005. Today, Fortune Global 500 firms spend around $20 billion a […]

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The 6 Ways Business Leaders Talk About Sustainability

Capitalists focus on the financial returns from capital invested, and most business leaders prioritize issues that are financially material. For anyone with a pension linked to market performance, that is a good thing. But this single-minded focus can be a major problem when it comes to tackling slow-building, systemic challenges, like global warming, that could […]

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Managing Culture – new report sets out steps to good practice

A new report by the Ethics Centre, Governance Institute, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and Internal Auditors aims to guide organisations in managing strong corporate cultures. In December 2017 The Ethics Centre, the Governance Institute, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and The Institute of Internal Auditors released a new guide: Managing culture – a Good […]

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ACSI writes a new chapter on ESG oversight

Climate change, labour and human rights, corporate culture and tax transparency in spotlight The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors’ (ACSI) latest governance guidelines reflect growing market interest in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues. The ACSI Governance Guidelines, updated every two years, present the expectations of ACSI members about governance practices of companies they invest […]

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UK Corporate Governance Code Under Review

A substantial reworking of the UK corporate governance code is on the way The UK has commenced consultations on the promised ‘fundamental review’ of its Corporate Governance Code – the equivalent of our ASX Corporate Governance Principles & Recommendations. Consultations close on 28 February with the new Code proposed to apply to listed UK firms […]

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Meeting the ESG engagement challenge with investors

Governance guidelines recommend co-ordination of ESG and investor relations in listed companies. The release of Environmental, Social and Governance Engagement Guidelines is an important governance development for listed companies as market focus on ESG intensifies. Chairs of ASX 200 companies report an increase in investor meetings and the time devoted to ESG issues. Institutional investors […]

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