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  • 10-November-2022

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    Contributions to the public consultation on the revisions to the G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance

    A public consultation on the draft revisions to the G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance prepared by the OECD Corporate Governance Committee was held between 19 September and 21 October 2022. The consultation was open to all interested institutions and individuals. All comments received are made available below with the consent of contributing parties.

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  • 15-October-2022

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    OECD Review of the Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises in Viet Nam

    The Government of Viet Nam has made progress in recent years to improve its frameworks for the ownership and corporate governance of its state-owned enterprises (SOEs). This review assesses the corporate governance framework of the Viet Nam state-owned sector relative to the OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-owned Enterprises (SOE Guidelines). It then puts forward recommendations to help the Vietnamese authorities address remaining challenges and further professionalise the state ownership function.
  • 14-October-2022

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    The Swedish Corporate Bond Market and Bondholder Rights

    This report provides a detailed account of the Swedish corporate bond market. Based on original data, it offers an overview of how the market has developed in the past two decades with respect to, among other things, size, issuer characteristics, risk profile and liquidity. In particular, it documents how the market has changed since the 2008 financial crisis and explores the increasingly important role of real estate companies in the local bond market. It also offers a comparison of the Swedish market with selected peer countries (European and non-European), both in terms of market structure and relevant regulation.
  • 20-September-2022

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    Anti-Corruption and Integrity in State-Owned Enterprises

    20 September 2022 - After the first SOE Anti-corruption day in 2019, the OECD is holding the second SOE Anti-Corruption Day on September 20. This is a global, virtual event co-hosted with the Government of South Africa’s Department of Public Enterprises bringing together OECD and non-OECD country representatives, SOEs and private firms, business associations, academia and civil society.

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  • 20-September-2022

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    Enhancing gender diversity on boards and in senior management of listed companies

    As part of a global effort to address existing barriers to gender equality in leadership and employment, countries around the world are taking steps to enhance gender diversity on boards, which can also have positive effects on board dynamics and governance. This paper takes stock of progress and existing policies and practices to enhance gender diversity on boards and in senior management of listed companies. Covering 50 jurisdictions, it focuses on the implications of quotas and targets as the main instruments used to foster gender diversity on boards, and considers the importance of complementary initiatives to strengthen the pipeline for leadership positions.
  • 19-September-2022

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    Review of the G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance

    The OECD Corporate Governance Committee is reviewing the G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance. The goal is to strengthen the Principles, by adapting relevant elements to the post COVID-19 environment and taking into account any structural effects of the crisis on capital markets and corporate governance practices.

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  • 19-September-2022

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    Digitalisation and corporate governance

    This paper addresses the implications of digitalisation on corporate governance. It focuses in particular on the potential for digitalisation to improve market supervision and enforcement of corporate governance related requirements and the efficiency of disclosure; its use for remote and hybrid participation in general shareholder meetings; the implications of digital security risks and the role of the board in their management; and how digitalisation can encourage the development of primary public equity markets.
  • 19-September-2022

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    Corporate ownership and concentration

    This working paper documents the trends in the ownership structures of listed companies around the world and the rise in ownership concentration. It identifies three major trends in corporate ownership: the dominance of company group structures, in particular in a number of emerging markets; the growth of state ownership through various state controlled investors; and the re concentration of ownership in the hands of large institutional investors, in particular investors that follow passive index investment strategies. The paper also discusses the implications for corporate governance of corporate ownership by private companies, states and institutional investors in global public equity markets.
  • 19-September-2022

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    Institutional investors and stewardship

    The sustained growth of institutional investors’ assets under management, together with the growing use of passive investment strategies, raises the question of whether existing frameworks adequately address issues related to investor engagement and disclosure. There has been a growth in the regulation of institutional investors and market intermediaries to address conflicts of interest and to enhance their transparency. In parallel, the adoption of stewardship codes and the number of signatories to such codes has been increasing. Their proliferation and to some extent convergence offers insights on recognised good practices. The paper also explores the apparent increase in engagement among institutional investors with respect to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, their increasing reliance on ESG ratings and data services, and whether regulatory frameworks or guidance should evolve to take into account these new developments.
  • 15-September-2022

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    The role and rights of debtholders in corporate governance

    This paper provides an overview of developments in non-financial corporate bond markets over the past two decades with respect to their size and credit quality, as well as trends related to insolvency and restructuring. It then explores the role of bondholders in corporate governance, both in normal times and in times of financial distress, and the governance implications of longstanding increases in bond financing by the non-financial sector. In particular, challenges related to bondholder rights, corporate disclosure, the responsibilities of corporate boards, institutional investors and insolvency are discussed.
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