1. Companies criticised for 'paying lip-service' to shareholder complaints

    Companies criticised for 'paying lip-service' to shareholder complaints

    Some companies are simply “paying lip service” to their shareholders' complaints about boardroom bonuses and governance rules, according to one corporate watchdog. Despite several years of bruising rebellions from investors unhappy at directors, pay packets and business decisions, a few of Britain’s biggest listed firms continue to give vague or non-existent explanations for falling short of the rules.

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    1. Compliance with the principles of the UK Corporate Governance Code remains high; however, when boards choose not to follow provisions too many explanations are of poor quality.
    2. It is disappointing that so many of these disclosures provide little understanding as to why these alternative approaches were considered in the best interests of the company.
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