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2019 Dutch AGM season: large number of board proposals rejected by shareholders or withdrawn ahead of shareholders meeting

Shareholders of Dutch listed companies are increasingly voting against board proposals. In particular poorly substantiated proposals for exorbitant executive pay packages and proposals that would lead to a "carte blanche" for the board to issue new shares led to shareholder rebellion. This is one of the main findings in today’s released Eumedion analysis of the 2019 AGM season.

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Eumedion recommendations to make executive remuneration policies more stakeholder-oriented

An external, 'peer' group of companies should no longer be leading for the level and structure of executive remuneration. Supervisory boards must attach equal importance to the pay ratios within the company, the identity, the purpose and the values ​​of the company and the expectations of the relevant stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers and the wider society. Eumedion has embedded this principle in the today's updated principles for a responsible executive remuneration policy of Dutch listed companiess.

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Eumedion: reporting standards on climate risks should be incorporated in the EU Accounting Directive

Eumedion believes that the proposal to adopt the reporting standards on climate risks in the non-binding guidelines on non-financial reporting is not effective and is a proponent of incorporating those standards in the EU Accounting directive. This follows from today's Eumedion’s response to the call for feedback on the recently published report of the technical expert group on sustainable finance (TEG) on climate-related disclosures.

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Bring them on!; Public support from investors mounts for bringing leases on-balance

A disclosure only solution for leases is comparable with ordering lasagne, and instead of getting lasagne, you are supposed to be happy with the individual ingredients being served… thanks, but no thanks. Martijn Bos, Eumedion's policy advisor audit & reporting, on the ongoing discussion on lease accounting. read more


ICGN Amsterdam Conference 2019

The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) will return to The Netherlands for its first event of 2019.  To be held in Amsterdam, the  birthplace of shareholder activism, it will be hosted by Eumedion at the Beurs Van Berlage on 12 & 13 of February 2019. ICGN and Eumedion are currently developing the conference agenda and request that you save the date - we hope to see you in Amsterdam in February!

Seminar 'The added value of effective engagement'

On 5 March 2019, between 2pm and 5.30pm, Eumedion, NN Investment Partners and the University of Groningen will jointly organise a seminar on effective engagement. The seminar will be held at the headquarters of NN Investment Partners at Prinses Beatrixlaan 35 in The Hague. Tjerk Huysinga (Royal Dutch Shell) and Marian Hogeslag (DoubleDividend) will reflect on shareholder engagement and active ownership. Their views will be complemented by the findings of the PRI that recently published the report 'How ESG Engagement Creates Value for Investors and Companies'. These findings will be discussed by Jean-Pascal Gond (ETHOS, Cass Business School), Rieneke Slager (University of Groningen) and Kris Douma (PRI). Click here for free registration.