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Shareholder participation in the decision-making process at AGMs of Dutch listed companies was record high this year. While the average AGM attendance at blue chip ('AEX') companies was approximately 63% in 2013, the average attendance at the AGMs increased to almost 70% this year. The average turn-out at the AGMs more than doubled between 2004 and 2014. Shareholders are showing their involvement with the company’s affairs. This is one of the findings of Eumedion's evaluation report of the 2014 voting season.read more
The public equity market is gradually losing its function as a growth engine for Dutch companies Over the past eleven years, the number of Dutch companies, listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange, has fallen from 160 to just under 100. Targeted measures are necessary for attracting new listed companies, according to a recently published position paper by Eumedion.read more
Until 2013, the Eumedion Thesis Prize was awarded annually to the best doctoral thesis on environmental, social and/or corporate governance aspects of investing (ESG) and/or corporate social responsibility (CSR). This year, Eumedion has chosen for a specific theme within the ESG area. For the 2014 Thesis Prize, Eumedion would like to receive theses that examine the impact of engaged share-ownership.read more
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
More than three years after its submission, the Dutch Senate is still in debate about the so-called Claw Back Bill. This Bill is partly inspired by an excessive acquisition bonus, received by Jan Bennink in 2007. The same Jan Bennink recently demonstrated at D.E Master Blenders 1753 that the purpose of "his Bill" could easily be circumvented. The part of the Bill to prevent excessive acquisition bonuses has thus become pure symbolic politics. According to Eumedion Managing Director Rients Abma it would be better to delete that part or strongly to tighten it (in such a way as the proposed Swiss rules under which all payments related to a successful takeover, merger or acquisition to executives will be prohibited). Ineffective legislation will only lead to more social unrest. read more
International Accounting Conference
On 23 and 24 June 2014, the IFRS Foundation will hold its annual conference in London. Eumedion policy advisor reporting and audit Martijn Bos will participate in a panel discussion on disclosures. Click here more information on the conference.