Corporate Governance Winners 2017 – Europe & Africa

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Today’s corporate leaders must not only deliver operational excellence and winning strategy, but have strong ethical and professional values, and a commitment to good corporate governance.

The new King IV Report on Corporate Governance, issued by the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA), brings the role of ethical and effective leadership to the fore. According to this latest version of the King code – released in November – while leadership starts with each individual director, it finds its expression through the board as a collective, setting the appropriate example and tone.

King IV explains the governance of ethics as the role of the board in ensuring that the ethical culture within the organisation is aligned to the tone set by the board through the implementation of appropriate policies and practices. Other important issues covered by King IV include the wage gap, shareholders voting on remuneration policies and their implementation so as to trigger engagement with the company and the composition of the governing body.

King IV now proposes that companies establish a clear link between performance and remuneration; it will be necessary for the remuneration committee to consult with the social and ethics committee when a determination is made on the fairness and reasonableness of executive remuneration.

The issue of shareholders voting on remuneration policies has also come under focus in the UK, with BlackRock – the world’s largest asset manager – threatening to unleash a wave of shareholder rebellions in the UK unless Britain’s largest companies rein in excessive boardroom pay.

Total pay for bosses of FTSE 100 companies has quadrupled over the past 18 years as repeated efforts by shareholders to control escalating remuneration awards have failed. BlackRock’s tougher stance on executive pay is detailed in a letter sent to the chairmen of more than 300 companies in the UK.

In it, BlackRock says it considers misalignment of pay with performance as an indication of insufficient board oversight, which calls into question the quality of the board, and that it believes that shareholders should hold directors to a high standard in this regard. Executive pay should be strongly linked to performance, meaning strong and sustainable returns over the long-term, as opposed to short-term hikes in share prices.

Ethical Boardroom is proud to announce the winners of “Best Corporate Governance” in their respective industry sectors across Europe & Africa for 2017. The awards recognise the outstanding leadership from boards of public companies who have raised the bar to ensure that strong corporate governance plays an essential part in protecting and enhancing long-term value for all stakeholders. Our awards program is a vital part of our continuing mission to elevate corporate governance standards globally.

For those who have made it to the top of the mountain in Europe & Africa for 2017, we salute you for leading the way

EUROPE

Best Corporate Governance Retail Next Plc
Best Corporate Governance Financial Services ING Group N.V
Best Corporate Governance Oil & Gas Royal Dutch Shell Plc
Best Corporate Governance Utilities Red Eléctrica Corporación S.A 
Best Corporate Governance Pharmaceuticals Novo Nordisk A/S
Best Corporate Governance Food & Beverage Diageo Plc
Best Corporate Governance Conglomerate Unilever Plc
Best Corporate Governance Mining BHP Billiton plc
Best Corporate Governance Telecoms Telecom Italia Group
Best Corporate Governance Leisure & Entertainment Merlin Entertainment Plc
Best Corporate Governance Automotive Daimler AG
Best Corporate Governance Construction Vinci S.A.

 

AFRICA

Best Corporate Governance Financial Services Guaranty Trust Bank Plc
Best Corporate Governance Oil & Gas Oando PLC
Best Corporate Governance Conglomerates The Bidvest Group Ltd
Best Corporate Governance Telecoms Vodacom Group Ltd
Best Corporate Governance Media Naspers Ltd
Best Corporate Governance Insurance Liberty Group Ltd
Best Corporate Governance Pharmaceuticals Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd
Best Corporate Governance Mining Kumba Iron Ore Ltd

Please note that the winners for the Middle East region will be announced in the Spring 2017 edition.