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Welcome to the ICGN

International Corporate Governance Network

An investor-led organisation of governance professionals, ICGN's mission is to inspire and promote effective standards of corporate governance to advance efficient markets and economies world-wide.

The ICGN website is currently being redesigned – to view the new site which will be activated in July, click here.


ICGN Boston Event - 30 September

Hosted by CII, ICGN’s next meeting focuses on regional priorities for global governance reform and impact on US capital markets. Panels include:

·         Global proxy season round-up and impact on US agenda

·         Differential voting rights – pros, cons and unintended consequences

·         Carbon asset risk and climate change

·         Shareholder stewardship: the case of a US code

View agenda or register.

Speakers confirmed: Ann Mulé (Lerner College of Business and Economics), Zach Oleksiuk (BlackRock), Paul Lee (Aberdeen AM), Darla Stuckey (Society of Corporate Secretaries), Lucian Bebchuk (Harvard Law School), Anne Sheehan (CalSTRS), Guy Jubb (Standard Life Investments), Anne Simpson (CalPERS), Tony Cudmore (BHP Billiton),  Michael Jantzi (Sustainalytics), Jon Feigelson (TIAA CREF),  Peggy Foran (Prudential Financial), Chris Hitchen (Railpen) Greg Smith (Colorado’s PEPS) and Mike McCauley (Florida SBA).

To register for the CII Meeting click here.


ICGN ESG Programme, Boston, 28-29 September 2015

Join our highly acclaimed two-day ESG programme ahead of the ICGN Annual Conference in London. The course has been developed ‘by investors, for investors’ and equips you with the skills you need to identify, analyse and integrate ESG in investment decision-making. Modules include:

·         Managing your responsibilities as an ESG professional

·         ESG analysis and corporate valuation

·         Integrating ESG into the investment process

·         Strategies of stewardship and engagement

·         Managing proxy voting and the accountability chain

For
more information and to register contact Beatrice di Dominica (evets@icgn.org).

Member rate: £1,200 + VAT if applicable 
Non-member rate: £1,500 + VAT if applicable

Discounts available for attending ICGN Boston conference + course.



London Annual Conference Highlights

This month, over 500 people joined us to celebrate ICGN’s 20 year anniversary, kindly hosted by the City of London. We have posted the keynote presentations from Bob Monks and Martin Wolf, along with the outcome of the audience polls and will provide more highlights over the coming weeks. View here.
                                                                                                                                               

ICGN Viewpoint:  Human rights through a corporate governance lens

The ICGN has just published a Viewpoint examining the issue of human rights through a corporate governance lens. Human rights continue to grow in visibility,  not only as a matter of business ethics - but also as a matter of risk management for companies with implications for investors. Our Viewpoint explores the issue of human rights in terms of how boards should address human rights issues, and also explores how  investors may wish to  monitor and engage investee companies on human rights issues. The Viewpoint includes an Appendix containing detailed references to human rights issues to build awareness among those new to this issue, including a summary of The United Nations’ “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework for Business and Human Rights and its “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”.


ICGN Viewpoint:  Differential voting rights

Ahead of the early May vote in the European Parliament on differential voting rights, the ICGN has published a Viewpoint outlining its concerns about the proposed introduction of differential ownership rights in the revised Shareholder Rights Directive. While ICGN encourages institutional investors to adopt a long-term perspective in promoting sustainable value creation by companies, we believe the introduction of differential voting rights is a flawed tactic that has the potential to distort the rights of minority shareholders. This Viewpoint has been shared directly with senior members of the European Commission and European Parliament.

Read press release
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ICGN responds to the European Commission's Green Paper on Building a Capital Markets Union

We are highly supportive of the European Commission's efforts to create a Capital Markets Union.  Read our response here.
                   

ICGN and INSEAD join forces to provide Executive Education for long-term value creation

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ICGN and INSEAD are developing a new Executive Education programme for investors and corporates on how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors impact long-term value creation.  The first course will be offered at INSEAD's Europe campus in Fontainebleau, France in January 2016.                  

Read press release.    


ICGN Global Goverance Principles

The Global Governance Principles are the ICGN's primary standard for well governed companies and set the framework for a work programme focused around influencing public policy, informing governance dialogue and connecting peers around the world. First initated at the founding of ICGN in 1995, this is the fourth edition which reflects the views of the ICGN membership, the majority being institutional investors responsible for assets under management in excess of US$18 trillion.