ACCR highlights lack of transparency in political donations
RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 24 JUN 2016  |  NEWS
The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) is planning to lodge resolutions this annual general meeting (AGM) season to push companies for better disclosure of their direct and indirect political donations.
Companies obliged to consider climate change: Minter Ellison
RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 17 JUN 2016  |  NEWS
Australian corporate boards must have regard to the complex risks and potential opportunities of climate change in their governance and disclosure to minimise scrutiny from regulators and potential litigation, according to Minter Ellison.
Women comprise 42% of 2016 ASX200 board appointments: AICD
RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 17 JUN 2016  |  NEWS
More than 40% of directors appointed to ASX200 boards thus far in 2016 are women, increasing the overall percentage of women serving as directors on ASX200 companies to 23.6%, according to research from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Disconnects holding back gender diversity: EY report
RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 10 JUN 2016  |  NEWS
Although gender diversity is a governance issue for corporate boards globally, only 13% of executives from companies around the world expect a significant increase in the number of women in leadership roles in the next five years, according to a new ...
IGCC outlines climate change policy priorities
RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 3 JUN 2016  |  NEWS
The Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) has identified seven climate change policy priorities for the next term of federal government that should be a foundation for managing risk and encouraging investment in low carbon finance opportunities.
Conduct risk a concern for financial services sector: Ausbil
RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 27 MAY 2016  |  NEWS
Conduct risk in the financial services sector is issue that investors must take into consideration for direct impacts such as fines, but also indirect impacts such as management distraction and staff retention, according to research from Ausbil Investment ...
Research project to explore evidence-based whistleblowing reforms
RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 6 MAY 2016  |  NEWS
Australia needs "comprehensive, evidence-based law reform" to maximise the benefits of corporate whistleblowing, according to the leaders of a multi-stakeholder research project.
ESG integration continues to spread across Asia: Robeco
RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 29 APR 2016  |  NEWS
Integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into investment processes continue to grow across Asia Pacific markets, but in diverse fashions and influenced by variable regulatory and market considerations, according to Ronnie ...
Tax transparency an ESG consideration for investors
RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 29 APR 2016  |  NEWS
Tax transparency is an issue for investor consideration as part of an overall environmental, social and governance (ESG) approaches, but the extent to which tax transparency is material depends on investment beliefs and investment approaches.
Government launches new Clean Energy Innovation Fund
RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 24 MAR 2016  |  NEWS
The federal government will retain the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), and has announced that the two specialist agencies will jointly manage a AU$1 billion Clean Energy Innovation Fund (CEIF).
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