Even as some energy sector leaders publicly endorsed the Paris Agreement, they engaged in intensive direct lobbying and financed trade associations, think tanks or political campaigns that hindered development of effective climate regulations. The misalignment between corporate rhetoric and political advocacy also constitutes a material risk for investors.
Canadian Investment Review – Seeking to tighten regulations for proxy advisory firms would imply that these firms are doing something wrong, says Kevin Thomas chief executive officer of the Shareholder Association for Research and Education. He says this isn’t the case.
Globe & Mail – Canadian securities regulators struggled this summer when they decided to issue new guidance on climate change-related disclosures for issuers. The regulators were clearly searching for a way to provide investors with useful information on an unprecedented systemic risk while still working within our existing continuous disclosure framework.
NationTalk – There is a massive change afoot in the economic picture for Indigenous peoples in Canada, based on solid entrepreneurship, a growing and able young population, visionary leadership, own-source capital and strong networks to scale up that potential. Yet that potential will only be fully realized if other investors, especially institutional investors, latch on to that opportunity and foster it.
Business in Vancouver – Asset owners, financial services providers and investment managers are positioned to influence investor and executive behaviour through environmental, social and governance mandates.
Corporate Knights – In a move that’s been both widely hailed and derided, the Business Roundtable, America’s most influential lobby group of corporate leaders, denounced its longstanding position that corporations exist principally to serve their shareholders.
Emboldened in part by the Trump administration and its appointees to the SEC, a number of industry associations are driving attacks on corporate accountability with a full-court press, arguing that shareholder proposals and proxy advisory services are creating an undue burden for companies.
The Globe and Mail – We should be wary of simplistic and unspecific calls to remove a “regulatory burden.” Regulations can certainly create burdens, but they can also remove them.
Just-Style – Apparel and footwear brands Adidas and H&M are among 90 global companies that have responded to investor calls for more consistent and comparable workforce data, a request aimed at improving the quality of jobs worldwide and helping to tackle inequity and poverty.
Capping executive pay on its own is a limited response to a structural problem. Limiting a few peoples’ income at the top end does not guarantee that the dollars saved will be channelled towards measures that improve economic outcomes for the rest of the workforce.