Investment stewardship

Guidelines, reports and
position papers

Reporting

Position papers

Exploring ESG: A Practitioner’s Perspective

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.

Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance 2016 – Securities Commission Malaysia

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.

Le dialogue actionnarial en France

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.

21st Century Engagement Guide

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.

Levelling the Playing Field on Sustainability Risk

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.

Sustainability Listing Requirements - Bursa Malaysia

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.

Review: Environmental, Social & Governance Reporting Guide - Hong Kong Exchanges

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.

Gender Diversity in Australia - The Ugly, The Bad and The Good

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.

Key Considerations in the Debate on Differentiated Voting Rights

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.

Australia's Gender Policies Need to be Wound into their DNA

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.

Gender Diversity Among Hong Kong Boards

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.

Statements on stewardship

UK Stewardship Code

Eumedion Best Practices for Engaged Share-Ownership

Japanese Stewardship Code:   English | Japanese