There is a great deal of debate about how to facilitate behavioural change within banks. One way could be to have regulators on site, as ASIC is planning to do in Australia following a spate of banking scandals. But is it the right approach? By Lisa Andersson, head of research at Aktis.
The last Aktis NewsWatch for this year is our first to feature governance beyond banks to reflect our expanding database and widening focus to include other industries. This month you can read about the critique of UK’s Big Four accountancy firms, why improved communication on cybersecurity between the board and management is crucial, and the arrest and release of Huawei’s CFO in Canada as the US government alleges that the company violated sanctions against Iran. Read our latest NewsWatch to stay up to date in the corporate governance world!
BEIS has published updated guidance for the companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018, which contains several new reporting provisions for private and public companies. Goldman Sachs is under pressure for its role in the 1MDB scandal and there have been police raids at Deutsche bank offices as a result of investigations triggered by the Panama Papers. Read our latest NewsWatch to find out more and to stay up to date on the latest news in the bank governance world!
This article by Helen Avery published in Euromoney, based on Aktis' data, focuses on gender lens investing and notes that banks still have some way to go to reach full gender equality.
The EU’s failure to effectively address and prevent money laundering can be illustrated by two recent examples involving Europe’s leading banks. Just last week, Danske Bank’s Chief Executive resigned following “the largest money laundering scandal in European history” while the Swiss financial supervisory authority has judged the anti-money laundering protocol at Credit Suisse inadequate.
In the October edition of Aktis' NewsWatch, you will find key recent governance updates from around the world all in one convenient place.
The public’s trust is at a premium for major banks after the global financial crisis a decade ago and the high-profile banking scandals that have since unfolded. Questions about how to restore that trust abound, including whether leadership at some companies even have an interest in looking inward.
Why should companies care about corporate governance? And why is international experience and diversity on the board important? To find out, read our August NewsWatch. It includes the latest banking governance news around the world.
Good news for compliance and counter corruption in companies as the first business integrity rating agency,Sigma, is set to launch this month. The same company has found that Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) banks are more transparent than in many other countries. Finma, the Swiss regulator questions the Co-operative structure and says it may contribute to weaker governance practices than in non-cooperatives. Read our latest NewsWatch to find out more about this, and to stay up to date in the bank governance world!
Aktis is proud to have contributed to Russia's 10th edition of the National Report on Corporate Governance. The scope of the 10th edition focuses on a variety of topics from the institutional and socio-cultural aspects of corporate governance in Russia to the effectiveness of corporate governance practices in organisations with state participation. Aktis’ contribution incorporates governance best-practice with a strong focus on Western Europe’s 25 largest banks both before and after the financial crisis.