Improving Corporate Governance and Shareholder Engagement

One of the UK’s largest institutional investors, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has published a report outlining concerns about corporate governance and shareholder engagement.
Good corporate governance enhances and underpins a company’s long-term sustainable performance: it is critical to long-term value creation and economic growth.
Following Professor Kay’s review of UK equity markets and the newly revised FRC’s Stewardship Code, there has been increasing debate over the different responsibilities in corporate governance and, in particular, on the role of institutional investors in overseeing the companies they invest in. These are all different elements of ‘stewardship’.

In this document, to help address these wide-ranging issues, we therefore:
  • review the existing roles and responsibilities in corporate governance and shareholder engagement and make recommendations on how these may be enhanced; and
  • demonstrate how existing mechanisms of corporate governance operate to support positive performance outcomes.

Specifically, we:
  • review the underlying purpose of corporate governance;
  • clarify the roles of different participants in governance;
  • review the role of non-executive directors and consider board structures;
  • review current approaches to shareholder engagement and consider possible improvements;
  • review existing shareholder rights and measures to encourage long-term investment; and
  • review the role of asset managers relative to asset owners, asset managers’ underlying clients.

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