About: corporate governance

$2 trillion investors challenge 55 companies on climate lobbying

Five weeks before a pivotal UN climate conference (COP24) starts, a group of investors led, by the Church of England Pensions Board and Swedish national pension fund AP7, sent a letter to 55 companies to challenge them on climate lobbying.
Economy & Jobs 25-04-2018

EU clamps down on letter box firms’ tax avoidance, social dumping

The European Commission on Wednesday (25 April) proposed new rules to clamp down on firms that relocate within the EU for the purpose of cutting their tax bills, setting up mere letter box companies.
Economy & Jobs 03-04-2018

EIB needs to commit to responsible taxation policy, NGO coalition says

On the second anniversary of the Panama Papers tax scandal, the European coalition of development and environmental non-governmental organisations Counter Balance calls the European Investment Bank (EIB) to develop a comprehensive and responsible taxation policy.
Economy & Jobs 02-10-2017

EU eyes corporate rules shake-up with law on seat transfer

The European Commission is preparing a new directive on the cross-border transfer of company seats, a move that could have far-reaching implications for other areas of corporate governance, including tax planning and cross-border mergers, EURACTIV has learned.

EU lawmakers back rewards for long-term shareholders

Long-term shareholders in companies in the European Union will be rewarded with extra voting rights or loyalty dividends if a draft law backed by a panel of EU lawmakers comes into force.

Commission accuses companies of ‘group think’, demands social responsibility

SPECIAL REPORT / The EU executive is due today (16 April) to accuse corporate Europe of lacking innovation and diversity as a result of “group think”, as it unveils new proposals requiring larger companies to disclose information on a range of environmental and social impacts.
Brexit 15-04-2013

UK threatens firms with gender quotas as women’s appointments fall

SPECIAL REPORT / The British government, which has staunchly opposed EU efforts to set gender quotas for corporate management, has warned it could introduce quotas if British companies fail to appoint more women to their boards.

Reding in uphill fight over corporate gender quotas

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding was in last-minute negotiations on Monday (22 October) to rescue her plan to boost gender diversity on corporate boards, officials said a day before she is to unveil proposals that face withering opposition within the European Commission and from some member states.
Trade & Society 09-05-2011

Germans reject Commission’s audit proposals

Key German decision-makers last week (5 May) rejected the scope and content of a planned radical overhaul of corporate governance rules affecting auditors, due to be launched by the European Commission later this year.

EU floats ideas to make companies more ethical, diverse

Enforcing gender quotas on company boards and making existing voluntary ethical codes binding are all options that may emerge from a European Commission consultation paper published yesterday (5 April).
Public Affairs 03-10-2007

Survey reveals future trends in EU public relations

Corporate communication is of growing importance to companies and will become the most important area of communication management within three years, according to new research from the European Public Relations Education and Research Association (Euprera).
Euro & Finance 11-01-2006

New voting rights for cross-border shareholders

The Commission is to legislate to improve shareholder participation in the running of European companies in which they invest outside their own member state.
Euro & Finance 26-10-2005

Financial industry must self-regulate for risk

A high-level conference in Brussels on 25 October discussed the issue of how investors and industry could best be protected from any future accounting debacles.
Euro & Finance 29-09-2005

EU steps up auditing rules of listed companies

Euro MPs have backed a proposal aimed at guaranteeing the independence of auditors against the management of major listed companies in a bid to prevent further Parmalat and Ahold scandals.
Euro & Finance 06-07-2005

US judge attacks ‘prescriptive mandates’ of corporate governance provisions

EP criticisms of an over-interventionist approach to corporate anti-fraud regulation have been fuelled by an attack by a senior American judge on the US legislative response to the Enron scandal.
Euro & Finance 29-04-2005

New expert group on corporate governance to be set up

The Commission has recruited a group of 20 experts to help formulate new rules on shareholders rights and company law.
Euro & Finance 19-04-2005

McCreevy visits US with corporate governance and accountancy agenda

Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy is visiting the US to discuss EU company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and international accounting standards.
Public Affairs 27-01-2005

NGOs top public trust ratings, poll shows

Public trust in Europe and in the US is higher for NGOs than for politicians, business leaders and the media, shows Edelman's annual "Trust Barometer" survey. Food for thought for Davos meeting?
Brexit 08-12-2004

McCreevy signals time out on financial services legislation

New Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy says that he does not envisage a further major programme of regulation in the financial services sector.
Public Affairs 28-10-2004

Commission urged to curb corporate lobby influence in Brussels

A group of over 50 European NGOs has urged the new Commission to "curb the excessive influence of corporate lobby groups" over EU institutions by tightening up transparency requirements.
EU Priorities 2020 19-10-2004

New forum to monitor corporate governance practices across EU

The Internal Market Commissioner has announced the creation of a European Forum comprising 15 corporate governance experts. Its role is to foster the exchange of best practice among Member States.