Banks are shifting away from viewing climate change risks solely as a corporate social responsibility issue, as they understand their financial implications.
AKTIS data demonstrates that there are still barriers to entry in the corporate world for women in MENA
Financial Times: AKTIS data shows that Metro Bank has the lowest refreshment rate and highest tenure next to comparable UK banks
AKTIS data shows that the average tenure on the board of Metro Bank is almost double the average at large and midsized UK banks.
Africa’s biggest asset manager, Public Investment Corporation, faces a governance scandal after accusations of wrongdoing and political interference. Renault has cancelled €30m severance compensation to the former CEO and Chair, Carlos Ghosn, due to his arrest in Japan for financial misconduct at Nissan. British politicians and the High Pay Centre argue for higher employee representation on the board to curb executive pay, while others argue it will have the opposite effect. Check out our February NewsWatch to read more on this and to get the latest news in the corporate governance world!
In this month’s issue of the Aktis NewsWatch you can read about Santander reversing its decision to hire UBS banker Andrea Orcel as new CEO, while Danske bank is facing new allegations for money laundering in France. Investors are criticising the proposed reform to executive pay in Germany for being too inflexible, and proposed Swiss legal reforms to protect whistle blowers are also being criticised for not being far reaching enough. Read our latest NewsWatch to find out more and to stay up to date on the latest news in the corporate governance world!
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.