Media releases

Year: 2014

  • New shareholder engagement guidelines clarify ‘who should be talking to whom’


    It used to be that the chief executive and or chief financial officer briefings for analysts and investors was the accepted means of engagement between ASX listed companies and their institutional investors, but that is no longer the case. New guidelines released today demonstrate the increasing complexity and sophistication of effective shareholder engagement and clarify what channels of communication and processes should be in place to ensure a genuine understanding between a company and its institutional investors.

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  • Scholarships open for postgraduate governance studies


    Governance Institute of Australia is inviting individuals interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in governance to apply for the Chant Legacy scholarship program which is open until October 2014.  

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  • Member rights must be governance ‘101’ for super funds


    It is disappointing that director independence is perceived as the foundation stone for the good governance of super funds when basic member rights are being ignored, Governance Institute of Australia commented today following the release of the findings of a survey on governance in super funds.

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  • CBA announced review — too little too late


    Governance Institute of Australia says remedies announced by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) to address fraud and misconduct in its financial planning division, while laudable, are not an overarching review of the financial advice industry and hence entirely unsatisfactory, and is urging the government to launch a royal commission to expose the full extent of the problem and report back with industry-wide solutions.

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  • AGMs dying a slow, excruciating death new survey confirms


    Despite only 10 per cent of large companies reporting that just 300 or more  investors attended the 2013 annual general meeting (AGM) — only 0.5 per cent of the shareholder base — costs per shareholder have skyrocketed by 38 per cent since 2011, Governance Institute of Australia’s Benchmarking Listed Company Secretarial Practice in Australia 2014 has found.

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  • Productivity Commission urged to make litigation funders accountable


    Third party litigators should be required to hold a financial services licence and meet appropriate ethical and professional standards, Governance Institute has told the Productivity Commission.

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