New York – 17 April, 2015:The Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA), the only organization representing the corporate point of view on global corporate governance issues, today launched a Shareholder Engagement Position Statement and Practices for the Corporate Secretary, in a webinar co-hosted by Computershare and Georgeson.
CSIA’s new publication illuminates the corporate secretaries’vital role in ensuring that corporate boards and investors communicate with each other about significant performance and governance issues. CSIA believes that regular communication will enable companies to better understand investors’ expectations on governance issues. As communication is a two way process,CSIA’s Position Statement makes recommendations for both corporations and investors.
“Corporate Secretaries serve as an essential liaison between investors and corporate boards. The Position Statement we announce today envisions a routine, continuous process of engagement with investors, to facilitate communication about corporate governance issues throughout the year, not just during annual meeting season or a governance crisis”, saidKatherine Combs, President of CSIA, and former Chair of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.
Paul Conn, Computershare’s President of Global Capital Markets, noted, “As the founding sponsor of the CSIA, we’re delighted to be working with the CSIA executive committee to contribute our expertise to this forum and helping to spread CSIA’s recommended practical steps for shareholder engagement to our clients and contacts globally. We are pleased that CSIA is adding valuable focus to the global debate on corporate governance issues from the perspective of corporations.”
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About the Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA)
The CSIA is an international, not-for-profit federation of professional bodies that promote best practice in corporate secretarial, corporate governance, and compliance services.
It is the international federation of national bodies of corporate secretaries and governance professionals and represents those who work as frontline practitioners of governance throughout the world. It is recognized by the OECD as the global voice of this industry and its representatives sit on OECD corporate governance roundtables. For more information, visitwww.csiaorg.com
About Computershare (ASX: CPU) is a global market leader in transfer agency and share registration, employee equity plans, proxy solicitation and stakeholder communications. We also specialize in corporate trust, mortgage, bankruptcy, class action, utility and tax voucher administration, and a range of other diversified financial and governance services.
Founded in 1978, Computershare is renowned for its expertise in high integrity data management, high volume transaction processing and reconciliations, payments and stakeholder engagement. Many of the world’s leading organizations use us to streamline and maximize the value of relationships with their investors, employees, creditors and customers.
Computershare is represented in all major financial markets and has over 15,000 employees worldwide.
For more information, visit www.computershare.com.
Georgeson is the world's foremost provider of strategic shareholder services to corporations and shareholder groups working to influence corporate strategy. We offer unsurpassed advice and representation for annual meetings, mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests and other extraordinary transactions. Our core proxy expertise is enhanced with and complemented by our strategic consulting services, including solicitation strategy, shareholder identification, corporate governance analysis, vote projections and insight into investor ownership and voting profiles. Our local presence and global footprint allow us to analyze and mitigate operational risk associated with various corporate actions worldwide.
For more information, visit www.georgeson.com.
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