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  • 25/04/2019
    Christine Chow
    Just over one year on from the launch of Climate Action 100+ at the One Planet Summit in Paris, what have investors achieved?
  • 14/03/2019
    Christine Chow
    Just over one year on from the launch of Climate Action 100+ at the One Planet Summit in Paris, what have investors achieved?
  • 01/11/2018
    Christine Chow
    China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, also known as Sinopec, is one of the major oil and gas companies in China. The company is a majority-owned subsidiary of the state-owned Sinopec Group. Its operations include the exploration, production, storage and transportation of petroleum and natural gas.
  • 26/10/2018
    Christine Chow
    Ahead of the Alibaba (“NYSE: BABA”) AGM on Wednesday 31 October 2018, Dr Christine Chow, Director of Hermes EOS, highlights the issues that Hermes EOS are raising with the Board of Directors and outlines voting recommendations to clients.
  • 16/10/2018
    Christine Chow
  • 18/06/2018
    Christine Chow
    China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, also known as Sinopec, is one of the major oil and gas companies in China. The company is a majority-owned subsidiary of the state-owned Sinopec Group. Its operations include the exploration, production, storage and transportation of petroleum and natural gas. The company has faced a number of environmental and social allegations on which we engage. Another important topic is the disclosure of the company’s environmental performance, which is a crucial step in the development of a strategy for the transition to the low-carbon environment.
  • 18/06/2018
    Christine Chow
    China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, also known as Sinopec, is one of the major oil and gas companies in China. The company is a majority-owned subsidiary of the state-owned Sinopec Group. Its operations include the exploration, production, storage and transportation of petroleum and natural gas. The company has faced a number of environmental and social allegations on which we engage. Another important topic is the disclosure of the company’s environmental performance, which is a crucial step in the development of a strategy for the transition to the low-carbon environment.
  • 23/01/2018
    Christine Chow
    Following the launch of bitcoin futures on 10 December 2017, it is a good time to look at the technology that has enabled their ascent and application in many sectors – blockchain. Bitcoins originate from Satoshi Nakamoto’s 2008 paper called Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System. The standardised, decentralised blockchain registration process serves as an ongoing cryptographic proof-of-work, providing transparency of the value chain.
  • 23/01/2018
    Christine Chow
    KB Financial Group is a financial services holding company headquartered in South Korea. Its activities range from personal and corporate lending to insurance and asset management. Over the past few years, the company has been diversifying its revenue sources by acquiring a non-life insurance company, enhancing its asset management business and developing its lending to small and medium-sized enterprises. It was one of the first conglomerate financial institutions to commit to the Korean Stewardship Code, which launched in December 2016.
  • 11/12/2017
    Christine Chow
    Shinhan Financial Group is a financial services holding company headquartered in South Korea. It provides consumer and corporate banking, credit card, investment and insurance services. Background Shinhan faced a series of allegations of fraud and corruption in 2010 and after accusations of embezzlement and breach of trust from prosecutors, its chair resigned. A new CEO was appointed in 2011 after the resignation of three top executives. He focused on re-building the brand and trust, concentrating on Shinhan’s commitment as a provider of what it calls compassionate finance. In 2017, another CEO was appointed, who supports the same commitment to compassionate finance through the company’s expansion in digital financial services.
  • 05/07/2017
    Christine Chow
    Infosys is the third-largest Indian-based IT services company and provides business consulting, technology, engineering and outsourcing services globally. It targets businesses specialising in insurance, banking, telecommunications and manufacturing. Background In light of poor performance in 2011, the company appointed its former chair and co-founder as interim chair in 2013. With support from employees and shareholders, a new CEO was appointed in 2014. Two years later, however, the increase in the CEO’s remuneration caused concerns among shareholders. We immediately pressured the company to improve the disclosure on its remuneration, which was validated by a proxy advisory company shortly after. However, we acknowledge that global technology companies and technology service providers have lagged other sectors in terms of remuneration disclosure, particularly in relation to performance-linked pay.
  • 29/06/2017
    Christine Chow
    China Mobile is a majority state-owned telecommunications company that provides mobile voice and related services in Mainland China and Hong Kong. It is the world’s largest mobile operator by network scale and customer base. Given the ownership structure, our engagement has focused on improving the transparency of the board and ensuring that the views of minority shareholder rights are taken into consideration, especially on issues such as capital efficiency, director nominations and board composition.