Tracy Stewart, Senior Corporate Governance Analyst for the Florida SBA, joins host TK Kerstetter to explain why the major pension fund got involved with the ISG. Once the Corporate Governance Principles go into effect on January 1, 2018, what does this influential group of investors expect from corporate boards?
“Some of this is ‘no brainer’ stuff—and the good companies out there are already doing this,” explained Stewart. “But there are a lot of companies that aren’t quite up to snuff. I think [the ISG Corporate Governance Principles] will snowball into pressure on them.”
Stewart explains how the roster of founding members—including BlackRock, Vanguard, State Street, CalSTRS, ValueAct, and more—originally came together to agree on a baseline of corporate governance principles, which the group can now present as a united front.
One of the most important pieces that’s in the ISG framework was the ability for everyone to agree that there should be one share/one vote. We see a lot of cases where there’s a mismatch between economic exposure and your voting power. That’s problematic.
Towards the end of the episode, Kerstetter asks Stewart for her opinion about one notable aspect from PwC’s latest Annual Corporate Directors Survey: Nearly half (46%) of directors believe that one or more of their fellow board members should be replaced.