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  • 31/03/2021
    Dr. Hans-Christoph Hirt
    The revised UK Stewardship Code is far more demanding for would-be signatories.
  • 15/03/2021
    Dr. Hans-Christoph Hirt
    Dr Hans-Christoph Hirt, head of EOS, reflects on the pandemic and the stewardship lessons for companies and investors.
  • 15/04/2020
    Dr. Hans-Christoph Hirt
    The Covid-19 pandemic is a public health crisis. It is also a major threat to economic sustainability, businesses and individual households.
  • 15/03/2018
    Dr. Hans-Christoph Hirt
    Against the backdrop of rising populism and low levels of trust in UK businesses, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has been considering how to bring the voice of employees into the boardroom as part of its ongoing efforts to revise the country’s Corporate Governance Code. This follows on from the UK government’s work on the same topic as part of its corporate governance reform green paper in 2017. Unlike regulation in other European countries, UK law does not mandate board level employee representation. However, section 172 of the 2006 Companies Act requires directors to take into account the interests of employees and other stakeholders.
  • 01/03/2018
    Dr. Hans-Christoph Hirt
    The UK Stewardship Code was truly pioneering when it was introduced in 2010. It was designed to enhance the quality of engagement between investors and companies, thus contributing to long-term corporate success and improving investment returns for the ultimate beneficiaries. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC), which developed it, can be proud that the code’s introduction has been the catalyst for the proliferation of stewardship codes globally. However, with the code’s planned revision, on which the FRC has just undertaken an initial consultation, we must recognise that it has not yet completely fulfilled its purpose and that a market for stewardship remains a hope rather than a reality.