Exercising corporate governance at the annual general meeting.
Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, 10 (2).
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14720701011035666
Annual General Meetings are an essential aspect of corporate governance in the UK, although there is little attempt to monitor the process of accountability evident on the part of the directors. By referring to the original principles of corporate governance laid down by the Cadbury report onwards, past observation and evaluation have been used to pick out the best and worst practices of over forty AGMs attended in order to build up a picture of a successful AGM for shareholders and directors alike. Companies are assessed for aspects of best practice relating to their AGMs and the essential elements are discussed, including: a well balanced and independent range of skills and backgrounds on the board, accompanied by fair remuneration and reward schemes for the directors; awareness of long-term social, community and environmental issues incorporated in corporate social responsibility, alongside the more immediate matters of financial performance; and a real appreciation of the concerns of all stakeholders.
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