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Nov 16, 2021
‘Companies aren’t making change at the speed needed’
Can you explain As You Sow’s history of shareholder advocacy on climate-related issues? We’ve been working on climate for more than a decade. What’s been interesting about climate and shareholders is that it’s been an evolving arena. When we first started working on it, climate wasn’t part of the dialogue. Our goal when we started out was the need for finance to be taking account of climate. Every shareholder should be looking at th...
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Nov 15, 2021
How do boards add value amid Covid-19 challenges?
With more than 16 years of corporate governance experience, serving on more than 20 public and private boards across Asia, I know that the more time directors spend on oversight and strategy – and the effectiveness of that output – the more these factors drive value creation, ultimately feeding back to the boards themselves. To be successful at creating value, my experience has shown that boards must: Spend an average of 20-30 days a year on board w...
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Nov 12, 2021
The week in investor relations: Musk cashes in after Twitter poll, Austria plans crypto tax and GE’s three-way split
– The Financial Times (paywall) reported that Elon Musk sold nearly $5 bn worth of his Tesla shares in the first three days of this week, after promising he would cash in 10 percent of his stake if Twitter users voted for him to make the sale. The Tesla chief executive ‘has been silent on the possible share sales’ since he announced in a tweet on Saturday, November ...
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Nov 12, 2021
ETF assets to exceed $20 tn before 2026, predicts ETFGI
The head of London-based research and consultancy firm ETFGI has predicted that assets invested in ETFs across the globe will exceed $20 tn before 2026. Speaking to IR Magazine, Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder and owner of ETFGI, made the forecast hot on the heels of the consultancy’s latest research. She says: ‘Investors realize it is hard to find active funds that consistently beat their benchmark and, over the long run, lower-cost investments...
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Nov 11, 2021
Board evaluation increasingly a 'real time' process, says EY
Almost a quarter (23 percent) of Fortune 100 firms say board evaluation is now an ongoing process and something that happens beyond the formal annual evaluation, according to EY. This is an increase from just 9 percent in 2018, EY notes, adding that this ‘real-time evaluation’ allows companies to be ‘timely and agile’ to address issues more quickly and avoid a deepening of problems, as well as allowing ‘continuous improvement’. In addition to incr...
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Nov 09, 2021
ANTA Sports Products and Central China Real Estate claim most nominations for Greater China Awards 2021
ANTA Sports Products and Central China Real Estate are the front-runners for the IR Magazine Awards – Greater China 2021. The sports brand has secured seven nominations for awards including best overall investor relations (large cap), best investor relations officer (large cap) for Suki Wong and best annual report (large cap). Central China Real Estate is close behind with six nominations, including best overall investor relations (mid-cap), best investor r...
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Nov 09, 2021
Fortive names Elena Rosman as new vice president of investor relations
Fortive, the diversified industrials technology company, has appointed Elena Rosman as its new vice president of investor relations, effective November 29. She will report to Chuck McLaughlin, Fortive’s CFO. Most recently, Rosman held the role of vice president of IR at auto parts maker Aptiv. Prior to that, she served in a variety of senior roles at Honeywell International, covering treasury, M&A and IR. ‘Elena brings wide-ranging experience from ser...
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Nov 09, 2021
SEC reveals new guidance on shareholder proposal exclusions
The SEC’s division of corporation finance has updated its guidance on the process whereby companies seek permission to exclude shareholder proposals, potentially opening the door for more ESG-related measures to end up on proxy statements in 2022 and beyond. The division on November 3 issued a notice that it is rescinding three staff legal bulletins – ...
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Nov 08, 2021
Investors fret over industrials stocks as supply-chain and inflation issues bite
Investors are worried about the outlook for industrials companies, with more than half expecting earnings to decrease amid ongoing supply-chain issues and high inflation, according to new research. Corbin Advisors’ industrials buy-side perception study, which polled around 30 sector-focused investors and analysts, finds 58 percent believe earnings will decrease sequentially, a rise from 10 percent in last quarter’s survey. Seven out of 10 respondents expe...
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