In January 2019, the FCA and FRC issued a joint discussion paper DP19/1 Building a regulatory framework for effective stewardship.
On 15 April 2019, we made a joint response from UKSA and ShareSoc on behalf of individual investors. In our response we make the following key points:
Investor stewardship must not let boards off the hook for their own stewardship. The Stewardship Code should be renamed the Investor Stewardship Code to better reflect what investors do and to better acknowledge the role of ...
RBS Shareholder Committee Campaign: Update 15 - Resolution has been accepted and is on the AGM agenda
The Shareholders Circular and notice of the AGM was sent out on 18 March to all shareholders on the register, along with a copy of the annual report (only 267 pages this year), headed “Building a simple, safe and more customer-focused bank”. You only get a paper copy of the annual report if you asked for it.
Those people who have invested in RBS shares via ...
The FRC is doing a survey of investors views of the topics that the Reporting Lab should look at over the next few years. The link to the survey is:
Please do respond if you can; it should only take about 5 minutes to complete (I just did it and it took me 7 minutes but I wrote lots of comments). The FRC runs an excellent investor engagement programme of which the Reporting Lab forms an important part. The FRC is very ...
Press release 109 - RBS Executive Pensions row as Board fails again to listen to its shareholders
RBS has again failed to engage effectively with its shareholders, this time over Executive Pensions. As a result, the company finds itself yet again in the headlines, for the wrong reasons.
RBS Shareholders’ concerns about lack of effective engagement are vindicated by yet another escalating row.
ShareSoc and UKSA have requisitioned a resolution at the April 25th AGM to establish a Shareholder Committee, with the ...
In January the FCA issued a consultation paper CP19/7 Financial Conduct Authority Consultation on proposals to improve shareholder engagement. This was a technical consultation on how to implement the EU Shareholder Rights Directive II in relation to its Stewardship aspects.
Today 27 March UKSA and ShareSoc made a joint response, on behalf of individual investors.
We made a number of points, see below, with further background in an Appendix. We think this is important context to our response to the FCA consultation as ...
ShareSoc has made a joint response with UKSA on behalf of individual investors to the consultation from the FRC on the revised Stewardship Code.
We believe that the proposed revisions to the Stewardship Code are a sound attempt to make the Code more meaningful and to give it teeth. However, we have concerns that in some areas the Code is seeking to set expectations on which it will be very difficult to deliver and which could ultimately result in the Code becoming ...
ShareSoc and UKSA’s joint response to the FCA Consultation on proposals to improve shareholder engagement is available here.
Many members have enquired about how they should vote their RBS shares. Our RBS AGM Vote recommendations are shown below:
Resolution 28. For. We have proposed this so clearly we support this resolution.
Resolution 2. Remuneration report. Against. Reasons.
CEO has pension of 35% salary. HSBC have reduced to 10%, so should Ross McEwan, RBS CEO. There is lots of press about this issue. RBS should listen to what is being said and act.
Male CEO has bigger pension allowance than female FD (35% v. ...
ShareSoc and UKSA’s joint response to the FRC Consultation on the Corporate Stewardship Code is available here.
RBS have now sent out the 2019 AGM circular to shareholders. This contains Resolution 28 requiring RBS to establish a Shareholder Committee, which was requisitioned by ShareSoc and UKSA members. If you own RBS shares, please vote for our resolution.
Sadly, the RBS Board will be voting against our resolution and have recommended shareholders to vote against it. Their rationale (which is full of spurious reasons and illogic) is as follows:
The concept of a shareholder committee was included in the Government’s Green ...