Wednesday 5 April 2017

UK: BEIS Committee publishes its corporate governance inquiry report

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee published its corporate governance inquiry report this morning: see here or here (pdf). A summary of the report's conclusions and recommendations is available here.

Some of the recommendations are addressed to the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and include, for example, suggested amendments to the UK Corporate Governance Code to require companies to report on how they ensure they meet section 172 of the Companies Act 2006; extending the FRC's enforcement powers; and reviewing the UK Stewardship Code to provide more explicit guidance on what constitutes high quality engagement.

Amongst the recommendations addressed to the Government is one advocating the creation of a target that from May 2020 at least half of all new appointments to senior and executive management level positions in listed companies should be women.

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