17 03, 2015

Demand generates more options for people looking for socially responsible investments

2015-03-17T22:27:31-07:00March 17th, 2015|Categories: Socially Responsible Investment|Tags: , |

More people are looking for investments that not only rise in value but also hold true to their personal values. Enter sustainable mutual funds, which are also referred to as socially responsible funds or impact investments. Just as a traditional investor would, managers of these funds weigh a company’s sales and profits before buying a stock or bond. But they also look at how it’s affecting the broader world, such as whether the company is harming or helping the [...]

23 07, 2014

ESG factors gaining global exposure

2014-07-23T16:40:07-07:00July 23rd, 2014|Categories: Sustainable Investing|Tags: , , |

Institutional investors across the globe are becoming more aware of the environmental, social and governance effects both of, and on, their investment choices. What is also clear is there is no one-size-fits-all response to addressing this awareness, and some executives say the theory is not necessarily translating into practice. “We are seeing some asset owners think very clearly about what they invest in, particularly endowments and foundations and religious organizations, as these tend to be more mindful of the [...]

2 06, 2014

Making money and investing responsibly can go together

2014-06-02T17:49:14-07:00June 2nd, 2014|Categories: Sustainable Investing|Tags: , , |

Is ethical and responsible stock market investing compatible with making money? Until recently there was a view among many investors, especially those that oversee large pension plans, that imposing social views on investment decisions limited money-making potential. Recently, however, this view has changed as investors have realized that it is possible for companies to be highly responsible, efficient and well-managed, and make money. Investing in these kinds of companies is called “sustainable investing” and is a modern outgrowth of [...]

29 01, 2014

UK corporate governance review and trends 2013

2014-01-29T21:11:01-08:00January 29th, 2014|Categories: Corporate Governance|Tags: , |

Our 12th annual corporate governance review finds encouraging signs of improved governance practices but companies must maintain their momentum as regulation increases. The trends below are just a few of those discussed in Simon Lowe’s executive summary in Grant Thornton’s annual FTSE 350 Corporate Governance Review. The report analyses the annual reports of 298 of the UK’s FTSE 350 companies with years ending between June 2012 and April 2013. The full report is available to download: Corporate Governance Review 2013 – Governance steps [...]

29 01, 2014

Abercrombie & Fitch Implements Significant Corporate Governance Enhancements: Separation of Chairman and CEO Roles, Addition of Three Independent Directors, and Elimination of Shareholder Rights Plan

2014-01-29T21:09:13-08:00January 29th, 2014|Categories: Corporate Governance|Tags: , |

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. today announced that it has appointed Arthur C. Martinez, Terry Burman, and Charles R. Perrin to the Abercrombie & Fitch Board of Directors, effective immediately, and that it has separated the roles of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Martinez has been appointed Non-Executive Chairman.  Each of the new directors satisfies the independence standards of the New York Stock Exchange. With the addition of Messrs. Martinez, Burman and Perrin, the Abercrombie & [...]

23 01, 2014

Canada: Rethinking “Good” Corporate Governance

2014-01-23T21:33:59-08:00January 23rd, 2014|Categories: Corporate Governance|Tags: , |

Walied Soliman and Orestes Pasparakis, co-chairs of our Canadian Special Situations Team, recently authored an opinion piece in the National Post's FP Comment section on "good" corporate governance. They argue that the emphasis Canadian companies place on good corporate governance is being misconstrued as an end in itself. The focus of the corporation is, or should be, long-term value creation for the benefit of its shareholders. "Good corporate governance can serve this primary purpose, but it should never supplant [...]

14 01, 2014

Ten Corporate Governance Trends for 2014

2014-01-28T22:53:33-08:00January 14th, 2014|Categories: Corporate Governance|Tags: , , |

Active owners focused on performance. Expect pressure by activists and institutions for boards to control under-performing management to continue unabated. Boards incapable or unwilling to rein in inefficiencies, improper capital allocation, asset mismanagement, or operational improvements will be targets. Directors whose skills do not support value creation; and ossification, complacency and atrophy more broadly, will also be targets. Shareholder accountability: Expect greater direct communication between boards and major shareholders, with “listening” mode and restricted management access continuing. Look also [...]

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