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Oct 07, 2021
Comment: What to do when investors feel there’s a misalignment on pay for performance
Executive compensation has been one of the most widely discussed issues for shareholders in recent history. Pay for performance is the mantra of shareholders and investors; the issue of a material disconnect between pay and performance has always been at the heart of executive compensation and a real area of contention for shareholders and investors. An improperly compensated executive can cost shareholders financially and can lead to a misalignment of the interests of exe...
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Oct 06, 2021
Assessing China’s radical climate goals
Betting against Chinese progress when it comes to commitments on climate change has been a losing strategy for some time now. You may not think of the country as ‘green’ but, from a low base, it has been hitting the gas (so to speak) in accelerating efforts forward. This was most recently demonstrated by China’s radical ambition to be carbon net-neutral by 2060. This is important. China is the world’s largest carbon emitter and its economy fast growing in sc...
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Oct 05, 2021
Lessons from a cyber-security breach
A recently settled case brought by the US financial regulator serves as a timely reminder that companies must have robust disclosure rules in place in order to deal with cyber-security incidents. In June the SEC announced a settlement with First American Financial, a provider of insurance settlement services, for ‘disclosure controls and procedures violations related to a cyber-security vulnerability that exposed sensitive customer information.’ The events that ...
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Oct 05, 2021
A ‘contrarian’ approach to ESG integration
Maria Egan is vice president and director of shareholder engagement at Reynders McVeigh Capital Management in Boston, an investment house with $3.27 bn in assets under management as of December 31, 2020. In total, Reynders McVeigh advises directly on assets of approximately $6.84 bn with a strong focus on ESG and sustainable investing – something Egan says has been part of the firm’s philosophy since it was founded in 2005. Here she talks ESG standardization, us...
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Oct 05, 2021
Stakeholder Management report now available
IR Magazine has released a new report investigating the changing nature of attitudes toward stakeholder issues and the effect this has upon IR. The report identifies nine key stakeholder areas and examines their level of corporate focus and investor interest. The report further looks at how attention given to stakeholder concerns has changed in recent years and what these developments mean for the practice of IR.   ...
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Oct 04, 2021
Six-month review: Douglas Kris of Compass Minerals
Douglas Kris joined Compass Minerals in late December 2020, having previously held investor relations roles at Montage Resources and Eclipse Resources, as well as sell-side roles at KLR Group, Euro Pacific Capital and BMO Capital Markets. What appealed to you about this role? My corporate IR experience has been in exploration & production and energy. It wasn’t a huge sector switch to move to a different natural resources focus. But what ...
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Oct 04, 2021
How the January 6 insurrection has enhanced scrutiny of political lobbying and spending
In the aftermath of the January 6 insurrection, nearly 190 US companies suspended contributions through their political action committees (Pacs) to the 147 US Congressmen and Congresswomen who voted not to certify the results of the US presidential election. Then in April 2021 hundreds of public company chief executives co-signed a letter that ran in both the New York Times and the Washington Post, opposing voter suppression efforts. These actio...
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Oct 01, 2021
The week in investor relations: Proposals for more voting transparency, how passive restricts bear markets and the ‘mega trend’ of climate change
– The Wall Street Journal (paywall) reported that the SEC proposed rule-making that would require money managers to disclose more information on how they use their voting power. The agency’s new proposal would require asset managers to categorize votes more clearly in SEC filings to help investors mo...
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Oct 01, 2021
Jason McGruder joins Newmark as head of IR
Newmark, a Nasdaq-listed commercial real estate services firm, has appointed Jason McGruder as head of investor relations. In this role, McGruder is responsible for maintaining and expanding relationships in the investment community while communicating Newmark’s business model, long-term strategy, governance and financial performance. He joins Newmark from Rocket Companies, where he served as vice president of investor relations. Before that, he was at Cant...
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