Institutional integrity...June 2013
Three quarters of companies targeted in an investor engagement aimed at improving disclosure and understanding of companies’ anti-corruption risk management have significantly improved their transparency in the area. The results of the engagement will enable investors to better assess and manage their exposure to the financial, operational and reputational impacts of corruption risks in their portfolios.
The engagement was undertaken by a coalition of 21 signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment, a global body of investors who believe that ESG factors affect the long-term performance of investment portfolios.
The investor group, led by F&C Asset Management and Hermes Equity Ownership Services, collectively manages more than $1.7 trillion in assets, and began engaging with 21 companies across 14 countries in March 2010 to encourage them to demonstrate that they had appropriate anti-corruption controls. Each of the 21 companies were selected due to their poor public disclosure of anti-corruption risk management and high levels of corruption risk because of the nature of their businesses.
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