Commitment to better standards of corporate governance.

Commitment to better standards of corporate governance.

Corporate governance is about protecting shareholders, aligning the interest of companies with investors as well as maximising shareholders’ long term interests.

An effective Board is a prerequisite for a successful company. That’s why we engage with companies to help them ensure their boards are the best possible. Key areas of focus here are diversity and how they develop future directors. Inevitably, we also focus on executive remuneration, making sure that success, not failure, is properly rewarded.

Our key areas of focus in 2013 were:

  • Improving diversity
  • Engaging with US technology companies
  • Board independence in Japan
  • Improving UK reporting standards
  • Increasing auditor independence
  • Focusing on sustainability

In 2013, the corporate governance team held 480 meetings with 278 companies, of which 30% covered environmental and social issues.

DIVERSITY

We are committed to gender diversity (see A new generation of women leaders section) and have initiatives in place to increase the proportion of females on our board and in our senior management team.

(XLS:) Diversity

 

Female

Male

Directors

2

9

Senior managers

6

29

Future leaders

7

7

Employees

4,172

4,197

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