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Welcome to the ICGN

International Corporate Governance Network

An investor-led organisation of governance professionals, ICGN's mission is to inspire and promote effective standards of corporate governance to advance efficient markets and economies world-wide.

ICGN Viewpoint:  Human rights through a corporate governance lens

The ICGN has just published a Viewpoint examining the issue of human rights through a corporate governance lens. Human rights continue to grow in visibility,  not only as a matter of business ethics - but also as a matter of risk management for companies with implications for investors. Our Viewpoint explores the issue of human rights in terms of how boards should address human rights issues, and also explores how  investors may wish to  monitor and engage investee companies on human rights issues. The Viewpoint includes an Appendix containing detailed references to human rights issues to build awareness among those new to this issue, including a summary of The United Nations’ “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework for Business and Human Rights and its “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”.

ICGN Annual General Meeting 2015

Our Annual General Meeting this year will be held on 3 June at 14.00 (BST) at the Guildhall in London, UK.  See Notice here.

ICGN Annual Conference, Hosted by City of London, 3-5 June 

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The ICGN Annual Conference is now set with 80 speakers from a dozen markets. Over 650 delegates are expected to join us for this special 20th anniversary meeting focused on lessons learned, unfinished business and priorities for reform. Read the agenda which includes:

• Sustainable capital market reform: what needs to be done?
• The board of the future: will it be fit for purpose?
• Share ownership in a global context – is stewardship working?
• Human rights: what are investors expected to know and do
• Driving accountability across the voting chain

Many delegates have already registered and click here to view the attending organisations. Scheduled over three full days, the networking opportunities include a Welcome Reception, Gala Dinner, Jazz Party and Lunch panels. 

Register or contact Richard Jones for more information (  or read ICGN Sponsorship Opportunities.                                                                                                                                                                             

ICGN Viewpoint:  Differential voting rights

Ahead of the early May vote in the European Parliament on differential voting rights, the ICGN has published a Viewpoint outlining its concerns about the proposed introduction of differential ownership rights in the revised Shareholder Rights Directive. While ICGN encourages institutional investors to adopt a long-term perspective in promoting sustainable value creation by companies, we believe the introduction of differential voting rights is a flawed tactic that has the potential to distort the rights of minority shareholders. This Viewpoint has been shared directly with senior members of the European Commission and European Parliament.

Read press release

ICGN responds to the European Commission's Green Paper on Building a Capital Markets Union

We are highly supportive of the European Commission's efforts to create a Capital Markets Union.  Read our response here.

ICGN responds to Department of Work & Pensions' consultation on the use of investment regulations

We have responded to the Department of Work & Pensions' consultation on the use of non-financial information, including environmental, social and governance (ESG) information, as part of an investor's overall stewardship and holisitic undertaking of company risks.  Our response makes clear that consideration of ESG factors is important for an investor's understanding of company long-term risks and to highight issues for engagement.

Read letter.

ICGN ESG Programme, hosted by Financial Reporting Council, 1-2 June 2015

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Join our highly acclaimed two-day ESG programme ahead of the ICGN Annual Conference in London. The course has been developed ‘by investors, for investors’ and equips you with the skills you need to identify, analyse and integrate ESG in investment decision-making. Modules include:
  • Managing your responsibilities as an ESG professional
  • ESG analysis and corporate valuation
  • Integrating ESG into the investment process
  • Strategies of stewardship and engagement
  • Managing proxy voting and the accountability chain
View the full curriculum and email to register (restricted to 25 people).

Member rate: £1,200 + VAT if applicable 
Non-member rate: £1,500 + VAT if applicable

Discounts available for attending annual conference + course.


ICGN and INSEAD join forces to provide Executive Education for long-term value creation

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ICGN and INSEAD are developing a new Executive Education programme for investors and corporates on how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors impact long-term value creation.  The first course will be offered at INSEAD's Europe campus in Fontainebleau, France in January 2016.                  

Read press release.    

Global Network of Investor Associations

The GNIA was established in June 2013 and convenes the largest national investor bodies from around the world.  We are pleased to update you with the latest corporate governance developments in the first of our monthly newsletters.  Click here to view.

ICGN Global Goverance Principles

The Global Governance Principles are the ICGN's primary standard for well governed companies and set the framework for a work programme focused around influencing public policy, informing governance dialogue and connecting peers around the world. First initated at the founding of ICGN in 1995, this is the fourth edition which reflects the views of the ICGN membership, the majority being institutional investors responsible for assets under management in excess of US$18 trillion.

ICGN Boston Event - 30 September

The penultimate event in 2015 is hosted by the Council of Institutional Investors (CII), a founding ICGN Member. Taking place at the beautiful Westin Copley Hotel, the event will be a full day of structured workshops around board selection, nomination and effectiveness and will be attended by global investors and US companies. The event precedes the annual CII Fall Meeting taking place at the same hotel.