European banking sector not yet adequately integrating environmental and social risks and opportunities into operations

Large European banks are not yet sufficiently aware of the business risks deriving from environmental and social developments, such as climate change, water scarcity or sustainable production, according to a KPMG survey conducted with the support of WWF. Ready or

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Cameroon: a case study of Chinese corporate social responsibility

When a continent as forest rich as Africa becomes the target of direct foreign investment – no matter what the origin – what are the risks and negative impacts on communities, agriculture and forestry? This question is considered at the micro-level

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Saudi Aramco launches ‘Umrah for the disabled’ program

Saudi Aramco has given new meaning to corporate social responsibility (CSR) by introducing an initiative for people of special needs. Called “Umrah for the Disabled — A Lifetime Experience,” the program reaffirms the company’s commitment to CSR. The initiative was

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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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