ACCR files resolutions with BHP, AGL for AGM votes

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 14 AUG 2020  |  NEWS
The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) has filed resolutions with two companies, kicking off its campaign for the major AGM season in Australia.

GCNA urges government to focus on sustainability in COVID-19 recovery

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 14 AUG 2020  |  NEWS
A group of Australian businesses, industry groups, universities and civil society organisations are urging the federal government to "remain focused" on creating a sustainable future while creating policies related to the post-COVID-19 pandemic recovery.

MBS launches Centre for Sustainability and Business

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  WEDNESDAY, 12 AUG 2020  |  NEWS
Melbourne Business School (MBS) has launched a new Centre for Sustainability and Business, with the intention of improving social and financial outcomes by helping leaders put environmental sustainability at the heart of their organisation.

Data management presents risk, opportunity: Governance Institute

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 7 AUG 2020  |  NEWS
There is a disconnect between IT and business leaders regarding the risk and opportunity of consumer data, according to new research from the Governance Institute of Australia and CSIRO.

ASX-listed mining, gas and oil companies lack tax transparency: PWYP

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 31 JUL 2020  |  NEWS
ASX-listed mining, gas and oil companies are "falling behind key transparency measures" on disclosing payments to governments in countries in which they operate, according to new research from Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Australia.

Increase in linking environmental, social metrics to remuneration: ISS

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 24 JUL 2020  |  NEWS
Globally, the number of environmental and social metrics linked to short-term and long-term compensation plans has increased, with ASX-listed companies linking executive compensation to climate-related activities.

KPMG outlines focus on gender diversity in ASX201-300 company boards

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 10 JUL 2020  |  NEWS
In order to increase gender diversity on ASX201-300 company boards, existing board members should look beyond traditional pools of candidates and focus on building the pipeline in executive and upper management, according to research from KPMG.

Super funds lag on disclosing proxy voting record: ACCR

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 12 JUN 2020  |  NEWS
Slightly more than a third of Australia's 50 largest superannuation funds disclose their complete proxy voting records, and the number of funds reporting their voting record has increased from 2018-2019, according to the Australasian Centre on Corporate ...

Questions raised over governance implications of share buyback schemes

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 3 APR 2020  |  NEWS
Listed companies that have used debt to fund share buyback schemes could now be in a fragile position as balance sheets come under pressure during the coronavirus pandemic.

Small, mid-caps list governance, social as top ESG concerns: Perennial

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 7 FEB 2020  |  NEWS
Australian small and mid-cap listed companies listed governance, diversity, safety and equality as their top three material environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, as well as areas of future improvement, according to a survey conducted by ...