Questioning by Counsel at the Hayne Royal Commission of Board Chairmen, CEOs and accountable executives has revealed the market’s expectation of the level of stewardship and scrutiny which shareholders and customers in particular might anticipate rests with the Board or the CEO in communicating strategy, financial results and breaches of company policy.
When it comes to executive remuneration there are multiple stakeholder commentators including government institutions such as ASIC and APRA, universities and think-tanks, remuneration consultants, proxy advisors, retail and institutional investors to name a few.
There has been a significant increase in the number of ASX 300 companies receiving a strike against their remuneration report in the 2018 AGM season, with fifteen companies overall receiving strikes compared with six in 2017.
The Banking Royal Commission’s Interim Report provided us with insights into two very different outcomes resulting from the activities of several financial services organisations.
Companies need to identify ways to make annual general meetings (AGMs) transparent, ethical, and effective.
One of the questions raised by Rowena Orr, QC in the Banking Royal Commission’s session which took place on 27th April 2018 was “How can companies incentivise good quality advice where the best advice is to do nothing?”
Our last research report dealing with the cost of governance was published in July 2014. Recent discussions arising from our advisory work and highlighted in Board responses from comments made by institutional investors and their advisers and issues recently arising in the Royal Commission into the financial services sector, have made several supplementary issues front and centre.
Senior executive’s fixed or come-to-work remuneration among Australia’s leading companies has been in decline over the last decade.
This article was triggered by an enquiry from Patrick Durkin of the Australian Financial Review, responding to comments by the former Treasurer, Wayne Swan, that Chief Executive pay is “out of control”.
Having reviewed the statement prepared by the ASX 200 Boards in relation to Director capability, incorporating skills and experience, we have noted indicatively two approaches.