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Japan’s changing boardroom culture offers two-pronged opportunity

Baillie Gifford’s Donald Farquharson admits many investors are sceptical about the talk of improving corporate governance in Japan, but he believes the theme is very real and presents two sets of opportunities. The Japanese authorities have introduced a number of

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Well-governed firms prized by institutional investors

Philippine companies need to shift their approach to corporate governance practices, focusing on attracting investors, boosting capital and taking advantage of opportunities in the impending integration of Southeast Asian economies. The national government must also continue to take advantage of

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Changing Course on Boardroom Composition

Trust is a basic element of a well-functioning board. Directors rely on the judgment, knowledge, and support of fellow board members. But boards today face an increasingly long list of challenges, from strategy to social business and cybersecurity, and the

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US hedge fund galvanizes Korean shareholders to pressure Samsung, South Korea’s richest family

Thousands of South Korean investors are backing an American hedge fund’s bid to thwart a business combination between Samsung companies that they argue will only enrich the country’s wealthiest family. At stake: Billions of dollars for the Lee family that

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AIB creates €5m fund to invest in sustainable start-ups

AIB’s CEO Bernard Byrne has committed to a new €5m equity fund to assist start-up companies specialising in the sustainable technologies sector to address “a gap in the ecosystem here.” Byrne said the bank will work alongside the International Sustainability

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Pope’s climate talk a big step forward

Pope Francis called for collective action to stop climate change last week in his 184-page encyclical, which asserted that pursuing environmental sustainability is a moral imperative. World media outlets reported heavily on the document released Thursday, many saying the work represents

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Civilisation will collapse in 2040, apparently

Scientists predict a global catastrophe in the next 30 years if we don’t change our ways now — and Australia won’t be spared. With the world’s population set to hit nine billion by 2050, demands on the Earth to meet

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The Gambia’s external and fiscal sustainability are at a grave risk

A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Bhaswar Mukhopadhyay, visited Banjul from June 9-22, 2015 to conduct discussions for the 2015 Article IV consultations and to take stock of performance under the Staff Monitored Program (SMP) approved

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FRC Nigeria Sets New Dates for Public Hearing on National Code of Corporate Governance

The Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRC Nigeria) has set new dates for public hearing on the proposed uniform code of corporate governance in Nigeria. The new dates disclosed by FRC Nigeria’s spokesman, Mr. Mack Ogbamosa, in a statement are

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The Corporate Prof. Television berths here soon. Watch out!

The Corporate Prof. website is about to undertake a minor, but noteworthy extension of its offerings. With effect from July 1, 2015 videos would feature prominently as a mode of delivering the values the website has been known for over

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Organic farmers see green both in sustainability and profits

Organic farming is more profitable than conventional farming, according to a new report that analyzes dozens of studies. The analysis, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the premium organic farmers can charge for their

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Most Japan firms reluctant to unwind cross-shareholdings: poll

Nearly 80 percent of Japanese firms with cross-shareholdings do not plan to sell them this year, arguing they are important for business ties, a Reuters poll showed, which suggests a long haul for government efforts to improve corporate governance by

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