Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors are an increasingly prominent factor in determining the long-term value of a company. ESG data spans a range of issues, including measures of company carbon emissions, labor and human rights policies, and corporate governance structures. In this ViewPoint, we define different ways that investors can integrate ESG factors in the investment process, outline our views on how ESG factors contribute to long-term value, and describe the current landscape of ESG disclosure initiatives across organizations and regulatory bodies.
The Securities Commission Malaysia issued a public consultation paper inviting comments on the proposed changes to the Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance. Learn more in our submission. The revised approach aims to encourage progression and provide greater utility for companies, and their stakeholders.
BlackRock's fiduciary responsibility drives our commitment for shareholder dialogue in France. Direct dialogue between board members and long term shareholders would help to build trust and develop mutual understanding.
We provide tools, options and ideas for U.S. institutional investors on engaging with companies and policymakers on sustainability issues. The guide includes tactics and case studies from 37 engagement experts spanning six countries.
Sound practices in relation to the material environmental and social aspects of a company’s business can be signal of operational excellence and management quality.
Bursa Malaysia issued a consultation paper relating to proposed amendments to listing rules relating to sustainability statements in annual reports and the Sustainability Reporting Guide. Read our submission.
The Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited issued a consultation paper aimed to seek views and comments on proposed changes to the Environmental, Social and Governance Reporting Guide. The consultation paper proposed a number of recommended practices to "comply or explain". Learn more in our submission.
BlackRock released its fourth research piece on diversity at ASX 200 companies. The release of the research also coincided with the launch of the “30% Club in Sydney and Melbourne. While the research showed that ASX companies will reach 30% women before 2019, a number of issues still remained.
As the debate on differentiated voting rights is gaining momentum, it's important to understand the risks associated with this practice and the reasons why BlackRock supports the proportionality principle. We reviewed the common assumptions regarding differentiated voting rights and have proposed alternative solutions to reinforce long-termism.
Not a good year for gender diversity in Australian public life. Research has shown gender diversity, but real embedded progress is hard to find. We review the 2013 annual reports of their 200 largest firms, revealing 3 key findings.
The issue of gender diversity is receiving greater attention across Asia. Hong Kong business leaders have shown commitment to bring more women on to boards with new diversity reporting requirements. We review 35 firms and reveal 2 key findings.