With a global pandemic upon us, the world is a very different place, at least right now. However, just like there is no need to hoard cans of tuna and cases of toilet paper, we at GGA believe that it is not advisable at this juncture, to call off your organization’s executive compensation program plans for 2020. In fact, it is times like these that corporate governance, risk management, technology and innovation and board oversight are imperative to preserving shareholder value, while also and most importantly ensuring the health and safety of our employees.
Between January 24th and May 16th of 2016, a managing director at Jefferies International Limited, shared confidential client information with his peers through the popular instant messaging app, WhatsApp. The intel included but was not limited to the client’s identity, the mandate, and fees Jefferies charged for their involvement in the transaction. Consequently, this director was forced to resign from Jefferies and faced €53,140 in penalty fees.
Every organization has challenges that need to be addressed in order to be successful, yet some should take priority over others. Just like when building a house, a solid foundation must be laid first to ensure all other critical components fall into place. This blog aims to map out how embracing the challenges that come with the people in your organization, the processes put in place, and setting goals on individual and corporate performance can lay a foundation for a fruitful future.
Earlier this year, the regulations relating to amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act (“CBCA”) for diversity disclosure at publicly-listed corporations were released, which should have a large impact at TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”) and Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”) listed companies. These regulations will require all publicly-listed CBCA corporations to provide specific information on board and executive officer diversity policies and statistics beginning in 2020. While many Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) listed companies have already adopted some form of board and executive diversity policy disclosure within their annual proxy circulars, the new regulations go one step further and now apply to TSXV and CSE companies as well.
We at Global Governance Advisors (“GGA”) just completed work on our 6th annual Report on Governance Professionals Responsibilities & Remuneration, in partnership with the Governance Professionals of Canada (“GPC”), and observed the ever increasing impact that technology is having on the role of the governance professional in Canada. As part of our survey, we asked governance professionals to rate, on a 1-5 scale, the primary responsibilities in their role. Some of the highest ranked responsibilities included:
On November 12, 2019 Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) published their Americas Proxy Voting Guidelines Updates for 2020 for the Americas region, which includes the United States and Canada. While GGA has summarized updates directly affecting Canadian-listed companies in a separate blog post, we are summarizing the key updates affecting U.S.-listed companies as it relates to compensation and governance below. These updates will impact any shareholder meetings held on or after February 1, 2020.
On November 12, 2019 Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) published their Americas Proxy Voting Guidelines Updates for 2020 for the Americas region, which includes Canada and the United States. While GGA has summarized updates directly affecting U.S.-listed companies in a separate blog post, we are summarizing the key updates affecting Canadian-listed companies as it relates to compensation and governance below. These updates will impact any shareholder meetings held on or after February 1, 2020.
On November 1, Glass Lewis released its 2020 Policy Guideline updates for the Canadian market. These changes are expected to be effective for shareholder meetings taking place on or after January 1, 2020. They have identified several updates in the areas of compensation and governance as follows:
On November 1, Glass Lewis released its 2020 Policy Guideline updates for the U.S. market. These changes are expected to be effective for shareholder meetings taking place on or after January 1, 2020. They have identified several updates in the areas of compensation and governance with several covering Say on Pay votes. These include:
Idea. Check. Funding. Check. Business Plan. Check. Board of Directors? The beginning of any journey, especially in business, starts with an idea. Once that idea has been cultivated and a plan is in place, then comes funding, the board of directors, employees, office space, etc. It’s a misconception to leave the creation of the board of directors as one of the last to-do items. Whether you’re a big or small organization it helps to be proactive when it comes to forming the group of individuals who help to manage the activities of your business (i.e. your board). This board can be elected or appointed, and they are tasked with maximizing overall organizational value, while simultaneously protecting the interests of any key stakeholders.