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Couch talk with Domenic Brancati and Rob Hardy

On 20 October, our own Domenic Brancati, CEO UK/Europe at Georgeson, and Rob Hardy, the former Head of Investment Stewardship at JPMorgan had a conversation all around ESG.

Watch their recent couch talk here

Georgeson’s US Report on Board Diversity 2020-2021: How Investor Focus is Evolving

While in prior years investors' focus was largely centered on gender diversity, this report explores how ongoing social unrest and protests over systemic racism have catalyzed an expanded view on board diversity to now include consideration of racial and ethnic diversity in 2020.

Find out more about the report here.

Georgeson & Esade's report on The impact of COVID-19 on the Ibex 35 companies' 2020 Meeting season

Conducted by a mixed team from the Esade and Georgeson Corporate Governance Center, the Report reviews how the pandemic has affected the operation of the General Shareholders' Meetings and especially the proposals for decisions made by the Boards of Directors.

Find out more about the report here.

Georgeson's Alert: ISS Proposed 2021 Policy Changes and Survey Results Released

ISS has announced the launch of their annual benchmark voting policy comment period. The announcement comes following the ISS release on 25 September 2020 of the results of their annual global benchmark policy survey.

Find out more about ISS policy changes and survey results here.

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  • Reuters reports that Online general meetings without the right to speak will also be possible in 2021 (“Online-Hauptversammlungen ohne Rederecht auch 2021 möglich”) (in German): https://de.reuters.com/article/deutschland-gesetz-
    hauptversammlung-idDEKBN26Z27G
    “German companies will not have to let their shareholders have their say at their online general meetings next year either.”

  • The Financial Times reports that EY faces mounting backlash after Wirecard whistleblower revelation: https://www.ft.com/content/8c87468f-67f9-4a5c-bfa9-37b561a50da0 “German politician warns accountancy firm ‘could face its Arthur Andersen moment’.”

  • The Financial Times reports that BlackRock attacks Volkswagen’s post-Dieselgate governance: https://www.ft.com/content/05d4ba79-39e5-4e02-bbcf-6306d4420c4e “World’s biggest fund manager concerned at lack of independent leadership in wake of emissions scandal.”

  • Promarket reports on Seven Reasons Why the Wirecard Fraud Matters: https://promarket.org/2020/10/25/wirecard-fraud-ey-audit-lessons/ “We now know that Wirecard was a giant fraud. Not only was the business model quite ordinary, the company really wasn’t very good at doing even that. What its top managers seemingly did instead was fabricate customers, invent profits, and expropriate investors’ capital. So, how do we make sense of this jarringly surreal saga?”
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