SWIPRA Corporate Governance Survey 2019

Corporate Social Responsibility –
Lack of mutual understanding, rethinking required

Zurich, November 6, 2019 - Results from the 7th SWIPRA Corporate Governance Survey show that institutional shareholders find it difficult to understand how corporate social responsibility is anchored in corporate strategies. For their part, companies often do not understand how their socially responsible actions influence shareholders' investment and voting decisions at shareholder meetings. Better disclosure and a broadly-based governance dialogue between shareholders and boards of directors will help to close these gaps in mutual understanding. This is important since a large fraction of institutional investors believe that boards of directors are not acting diligently enough in terms of corporate social responsibility. Contrary to previous years, a majority of investors expect to see performance targets related to socially responsible behavior to be included in the compensation framework. Many market participants will have to change their views, as the topic of corporate social responsibility cannot be treated as an abstract, detached issue by itself, but needs to become an integral part of corporate strategy and its implementation.

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