Voting this Week – April 23, ’21

Taken from Insightia’s ‘Activism and Voting this Week’ newsletter. As the first “say on climate” proposals are subjected to shareholder votes, it is clear that investors are less united over their voting strategies than the lightning quick rollout of the initiative suggested. While some early adopters of the annual resolutions, such as Canadian Pacific Railway… Continue reading Voting this Week – April 23, ’21

Nova Scotia criticized for excessive CEO compensation

Every week one of Rebecca’s stories from the Proxy Insight Online newswire is made available to non subscribers. The Bank of Nova Scotia faced significant shareholder dissent toward its remuneration report, shareholders criticizing a failure to align CEO compensation with company and share performance at the Canadian bank’s April 13 annual meeting. Nova Scotia’s “say on pay” proposal received… Continue reading Nova Scotia criticized for excessive CEO compensation

Voting this Week- April 16, ’21

Taken from Insightia’s ‘Activism and Voting this Week’ newsletter. Demands from investors for standardized climate-related disclosure frameworks are being answered in quick succession, as the U.S., U.K., and Japan have announced potential revisions to their corporate environmental disclosure policies.   U.S. President Joe Biden will reportedly issue an executive order requiring climate-related disclosure from U.S. issuers at the upcoming Leaders Summit on Climate, according to… Continue reading Voting this Week- April 16, ’21

Cigna shareholders seek gender pay gap disclosure

Every week one of Rebecca’s stories from the Proxy Insight Online newswire is made available to non subscribers. A shareholder proposal at Cigna has called on the company to apply its laudable gender pay gaps disclosures for its U.K. business to its U.S. arm. The proposal asks Cigna to publish annual, quantitative data assessing its gender pay gap, to… Continue reading Cigna shareholders seek gender pay gap disclosure

Voting this Week- April 9, ’21

Taken from Insightia’s ‘Activism and Voting this Week’ newsletter. Board diversity concerns are gaining traction in Japan, where diversity laggards are being subject to high levels of opposition in director elections. Trend Micro faced significant shareholder dissent toward its auditor election proposals at the Nikkei 225 software company’s March 25 annual meeting, following concerns over… Continue reading Voting this Week- April 9, ’21

Majority Action hopes to unseat climate laggard directors

Shareholder advocacy organization Majority Action launched Proxy Voting for the 1.5°C World on Tuesday, an initiative targeting companies in carbon-intensive industries that have not set emissions targets aligned to limiting global warming to 1.5°C. Majority Action recommends shareholders vote against the board chair and/or lead independent director at Duke Energy, Southern Company, FirstEnergy, Berkshire Hathaway,… Continue reading Majority Action hopes to unseat climate laggard directors

Voting this Week – 1 April, ’21

Taken from Insightia’s ‘Activism and Voting this Week’ newsletter. If the first quarter of 2021 is any guide, this proxy season will see companies vulnerable to new social concerns and a backlash against remuneration as companies recover from the impacts of COVID-19. One of the issues we’ve seen gaining fresh traction is political transparency. Of… Continue reading Voting this Week – 1 April, ’21

Transdigm’s ‘say on pay’ proposal faces shareholder dissent

Every week one of Rebecca’s stories from the Proxy Insight Online newswire is made available to non subscribers. Transdigm Group faced significant shareholder dissent at its March 18 annual meeting, shareholders expressing concern regarding the company’s failure to align pay with performance, as well as excessive pay rises for the chairman and executives. The technology manufacturer’s advisory “say on… Continue reading Transdigm’s ‘say on pay’ proposal faces shareholder dissent

Voting this Week – 26 March, ’21

Taken from Insightia’s ‘Activism and Voting this Week’ newsletter. The demand for standardized environmental reporting, providing investors with comparable metrics to analyze portfolio companies against, is heating up thanks to the publication of the Climate Action 100+ Net-zero Company Benchmark on Monday. The benchmark provides nine assessment criteria against which investors can compare portfolio companies, including greenhouse… Continue reading Voting this Week – 26 March, ’21

Voting this Week – 19 March, ’21

Taken from Insightia’s ‘Activism and Voting this Week’ newsletter. Banks are once again proving to be a microcosm for shareholder concerns, covering environmental, social, and governance issues. In April alone, 14 shareholder proposals will be subject to a vote at U.S. and Canadian banks, according to Proxy Insight Online data, with a further two on the agenda… Continue reading Voting this Week – 19 March, ’21

Voting this Week – 12 March, ’21

Taken from Insightia’s ‘Activism and Voting this Week’ newsletter. The Biden administration’s potential impact on public company disclosure rules is starting to become apparent, following multiple hints of changes from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). On February 24, the regulator announced a review of its 2010 guidance on climate-related disclosure, examining whether companies are complying with… Continue reading Voting this Week – 12 March, ’21

Voting this Week- 5 March ’21

Taken from Insightia’s ‘Activism and Voting this Week’ newsletter. On January 26, Ceres, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, and the Shareholder Rights Group wrote to the acting chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Allison Herren Lee, requesting the no-action process be revised to allow investors greater… Continue reading Voting this Week- 5 March ’21

Voting this Week – 26 Feb ’21

Taken from Insightia’s ‘Activism and Voting this Week’ newsletter. The topic of gender diversity on boards has received significant attention in recent years and efforts to boost female representation on boards are coming to fruition in Europe and the U.K. In the U.S., companies within the S&P 500 are taking similar steps to promote diversity… Continue reading Voting this Week – 26 Feb ’21

Reaching a Boiling Point

Taken from Proxy Monthly's February 2021 issue. The storming of the U.S. Capitol building by pro-Trump rioters on January 6 led many companies to pause donations to political action committees (PACs). As tensions increased in the lead up to Joe Biden’s inauguration, investors have been given a sudden wake up call to the risks PAC… Continue reading Reaching a Boiling Point

Voting this Week- 19 Feb ’21

Taken from Insightia’s ‘Activism and Voting this Week’ newsletter. The February edition of Proxy Monthly is now available to read online, featuring the latest in shareholder voting intelligence. In this month’s issue, Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s executive director of global stewardship, Drew Hambly, discusses the potential impact of the Biden administration on responsible investing, and… Continue reading Voting this Week- 19 Feb ’21

Voting this Week- 12 Feb 21

Taken from Insightia’s ‘Activism and Voting this Week’ newsletter. As this year’s annual meetings get underway, one particularly notable trend has been the uptick in shareholder opposition towards remuneration reports. Asset managers appear to have stronger views when it comes to executive compensation, expecting companies to take into account the difficulties of the pandemic and… Continue reading Voting this Week- 12 Feb 21

Staying in the Fight

Taken from The Activist Investing Annual Review 2021 by Activist Insight. The number of proxy contests held in the past year globally exhibited a subtle drop compared to previous years, with 88 proxy contests that went to a vote taking place in 2020 after a record 99 in 2019, according to Activist Insight Online. “Many… Continue reading Staying in the Fight

Voting this Week – 5 Feb 21

Taken from Insightia’s ‘Activism and Voting this Week’ newsletter. BlackRock CEO Larry Fink published his annual letter to CEOs last week, serving as a direct follow-on from 2020’s call for companies to report in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). In his… Continue reading Voting this Week – 5 Feb 21

An Uphill Battle

Taken from Proxy Monthly’s January 2021 issue. Asian markets are under growing pressure to step up their ESG efforts, with local investors frequently being criticized as ESG laggards. Issuers are similarly faced with threats of divestment, should they fail to sufficiently incorporate ESG frameworks. Data from Proxy Insight Online suggests ESG is not a priority… Continue reading An Uphill Battle

Voting this Week – 29 Jan 21

Taken from Insightia's 'Activism and Voting this Week' newsletter. The January issue of Proxy Monthly is hot off the press, and readers will notice the magazine has undergone an exciting transformation. As part of our merger with sister company Activist Insight to form Insightia, we are delighted to offer our readers a revamped magazine with expanded sections… Continue reading Voting this Week – 29 Jan 21

Proxy Monthly, November 2020

In October 2020, I decided I wanted a new challenge and joined Proxy Insight, a proxy voting and corporate governance intelligence firm. As their new Corporate Governance Editor, I manage their magazine, Proxy Monthly, as well as their news service for subscribers. Corporate governance is an industry I was unfamiliar with prior to this job… Continue reading Proxy Monthly, November 2020

Expert Topic: Chinese River Crab- International Aquafeed, November 2020

In my final Expert Topic for International Aquafeed, I discuss the Chinese river crab, commonly known as the Mitten crab. Farmed primarily in the East, this crustacean is a relatively new addition to the aquaculture industry, but growing to be remarkably popular. https://issuu.com/international_aquafeed/docs/iaf2011_w1/54

Nor-Fishing Digital- International Aquafeed, October 2020

On August 18-20th, 2020, Nor-Fishing 2020 took to the digital stage. Nor-Fishing, established and hosted by the Nor-Fishing Foundation, is one of the largest aquaculture and marine fishing exhibitions in the world, held bi-annually in Trondheim, Norway. As a result of COVID-19, the event took place exclusively online, but still showcased a variety of innovations… Continue reading Nor-Fishing Digital- International Aquafeed, October 2020

Expert Topic: Silver Carp- International Aquafeed, September 2020

My monthly Expert Topic column explores the Silver carp in September 2020. Considered an invasive species, Silver carp can now be found in over 88 countries world-wide and, as a result, have become an especially popular farmed fish within the aquaculture industry. https://issuu.com/international_aquafeed/docs/iaf2009_w1/52

Maintaining Hygienic Conditions in Grain Silos- Milling and Grain magazine, October 2020

Hygiene and sanitisation are buzz words in our current pandemic situation, but these terms have always been of utmost importance within the food industry. Silos used to store raw materials for both food and feed must be maintained to strict standards, to ensure that the population is fed safe and secure food. In this article,… Continue reading Maintaining Hygienic Conditions in Grain Silos- Milling and Grain magazine, October 2020

Expert Topic: Giant Tiger Prawn- International Aquafeed magazine, July 2020

The Expert Topic in International Aquafeed's July issue focussed upon the Giant tiger prawn, a popular prawn in the fish farming sector that is known for its resilient nature and adaptability to a variety of climates and conditions. In this article I touch upon optimal feeding solutions for Giant tiger prawns, how to distinguish them… Continue reading Expert Topic: Giant Tiger Prawn- International Aquafeed magazine, July 2020

The Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference 2020: Going Digital

In March 2019 I organised and hosted the Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference 2019 at VIV Asia in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference, a joint co-operation between International Aquafeed magazine and Texas A&M University, was a great success and featured eight expert speakers discussing how to optimise your feed processing solutions. The 2019 rendition of the Aqua… Continue reading The Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference 2020: Going Digital

Commodities Report- Milling and Grain magazine, September 2020

Raw material prices have been, unsurprisingly, subject to much uncertainty, following the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the globe. Times are especially challenging for producers, and extreme weather conditions have also provided additional difficulties for much of the US and Europe. In this report, I examine the current state of the raw materials market in… Continue reading Commodities Report- Milling and Grain magazine, September 2020

Agriculture in Japan- Milling and Grain magazine, August 2020

Japan is a country that has always intrigued me and been a place I hope to visit, and I regularly commission content for Milling and Grain magazine from Japanese milling solution providers. In this article, I chose to explore Japan's rich agricultural history in more depth, focussing not just upon rice, but also their extensive… Continue reading Agriculture in Japan- Milling and Grain magazine, August 2020

Expert Topic: Cormorant- International Aquafeed magazine, August 2020

In International Aquafeed's August 2020 issue we renewed our focus upon predators in aquaculture, discussing the cormorant and applicable bird deterrent procedures. Many species of birds can prove troublesome for fish farms, but the cormorant is one of the better-known examples of a problematic species. https://issuu.com/international_aquafeed/docs/iaf2008_w1/52

Antibiotic Reduction in the Poultry Industry- Milling and Grain magazine, August 2020

Many industries have witnessed a growth in webinars and online seminars, as a response to COVID-19, and the feed sector is no exception. Over the past few months I have attended (and hosted) a variety of webinars, seminars and exhibitions on a myriad of digital platforms. One particularly interesting webinar I attended back in April… Continue reading Antibiotic Reduction in the Poultry Industry- Milling and Grain magazine, August 2020

Sea Feed: Revolutionising Feed Technology- International Aquafeed, May 2020

In International Aquafeed's May edition, I explore the Sea Feed range of solutions, offered by Scottish fish farming experts Gael Force Group. Whilst I have covered Gael Force Group's technological solutions in the past, this time I explore their solutions for fish feed management, including their Sea Feed Pellet Detection Software, which provides users with… Continue reading Sea Feed: Revolutionising Feed Technology- International Aquafeed, May 2020

Expert Topic: Lemon Shark- International Aquafeed magazine, June 2020

In the second article for International Aquafeed's Predator series, I take a look at the Lemon shark, a species of shark which has a particular fondness for crustaceans, bony fish and shrimp. This species of shark can be found in the South-eastern Atlantic and Western Atlantic Ocean and can prove troublesome for fish farms in… Continue reading Expert Topic: Lemon Shark- International Aquafeed magazine, June 2020

Attending the IGC Grains Conference 2020

On June 10th, 2020 I attended the IGC Grains Conference, an internationally-recognised event for the raw materials and commodities industry that features experts discussing the forecast for the upcoming harvest year as well as various challenges the year may bring. The event is formally hosted by the International Grains Council, based in London UK. Milling… Continue reading Attending the IGC Grains Conference 2020

GRAPAS 2020: Exploring the Innovations

As some may have seen in my previous post about the GRAPAS Innovations Awards, we received nine brilliant entries into the 2020 awards! The GRAPAS Innovations Awards are a yearly celebration of new milling technologies, organised by Milling and Grain magazine and hosted by VICTAM International at their annual trade exhibition. In 2019, I was… Continue reading GRAPAS 2020: Exploring the Innovations