The AGM of the future

5 ways to change the AGM for the better In January ShareAction published its thought leadership paper about the future of the AGM – based on their experiences of AGMs over the past few years and those held last year during the start of the pandemic. Here are five ideas from ShareAction’s vision for the…

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ICSA Review of the effectiveness of independent board evaluation in the UK listed sector

Regular board evaluation can help boards to improve both their own performance and the performance of the company. In August 2018 the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) asked ICSA to review the quality of independent board evaluation in the UK listed sector and identify ways in which it might be improved. Following…

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Looking back and looking forward: Corporate Governance and M&A in 2020 and 2021

This article, authored by Shearman & Sterling’s Global Managing Partner George Casey, discusses key lessons learned over the past year during one of the most challenging and erratic times in recent memory and provides a forward-looking view on corporate governance and M&A considerations, including virtual deal-making, ESG and the administration change, to look out for…

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S&P 500 CEO Compensation Increase Trends

Pay Governance LLC have found that 2019 compensation increases have slowed and are projected to further decline in 2020 due to lower bonus payouts amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Building the foundation for better board refreshment

Good boards take their own succession planning seriously. Today, more public company boards work harder to align their composition with their company’s strategy, for example, and to focus more on the value of diversity in making better decisions as well as meeting stakeholder expectations. Heidrick & Struggles’ analysis shows that the average tenure for Fortune…

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Board effectiveness: A survey of the C-suite

PwC, in collaboration with The Conference Board, has surveyed the state of the boardroom from the perspective of the C-suite — putting a rare spotlight on their unique vantage point. When it comes to board performance, executives are clear — they want more from their boards of directors. They see a need for more expertise,…

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The Ethics of Diversity

Directors must prioritise diversity of thought and life experience says the Institute of Business Ethics in a new report. The report, The Ethics of Diversity, examines the case for delivering real boardroom diversity and inclusion and makes recommendations to embed genuine diversity of thought and life experience at board level.

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2020 ESG survey of board members and senior executives

Companies with strong ESG practices deliver sustainable returns. Willis Towers Watson show how boards factor ESG into executive incentives and human capital strategies.

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Executive remuneration in FTSE 250 companies – 2020 report

Willis Towers Watson’s 2020 report of the Annual General Meeting season, plus executive director pay trends for companies in the FTSE 250.

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KPMG Survey of Sustainability Reporting 2020

Understanding global trends in reporting is an important tool in understanding what is expected from UK reporters. This survey from KPMG provides a detailed look at global trends in sustainability reporting and offers insights for business leaders, company boards and sustainability professionals. Its aim is to support those who have a responsibility for assessing and…

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