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Omdømme har større betydning end nogensinde: Ranking fra Reputation Institute placerer LEGO blandt selskaber med bedste omdømme: “Dyson, Aston Martin and Lego top the UK Rep-Trak® 150 ranking of the most reputable companies among the UK general public, Reputation Institute announced today, based on more than 35,000 ratings collected in the first quarter of 2017 from members of the UK general public (ranking below). A YEAR OF CHANGE The research reveals that corporate governance – perceptions of fairness, ethics and transparency – has a more significant impact on company reputation than ever before; the below table reveals a shift in how much different factors impact a company’s reputation according to the UK general public consumers . 72% are more likely to buy products from companies with excellent reputations vs. poor reputations. Crisis handling pays off: Samsung maintains its excellent reputation in the UK despite Galaxy Note 7 in 2017 poll.”

Derfor bliver der færre og færre børsnoterede selskaber – åbenhed og rapportering koster konkurrencekraft: I forskningspapir under titlen ” The Deregulation of Private Capital and the Decline of the Public Company ” hedder det, at ”While regulators may have hoped for both the private and public equity markets to thrive, they may instead be hastening the latter’s decline. Public companies benefit significantly less from mandatory disclosure than they did just three decades ago, because raising large amounts of capital no longer requires going and remaining public. Meanwhile, private companies are thriving in part by free-riding on the information contained in public company stock prices and disclosure. This pattern is unlikely to be sustainable. Public companies have little incentive to subsidize their private company competitors in the race for capital–and we are already witnessing a sharp decline in initial public offerings and stock exchange listings.”

Stigende betydning af ikke-finansiel rapportering for investorer. EY skriver i rapport under titlen ” The Importance of Nonfinancial Performance to Investors ”, at “institutional investors have developed a greater appreciation for the value of ESG factors in the past several years. Three years of survey data, interviews with investors, and recent events and global initiatives offer evidence that ESG information plays an increasingly infl uential role in investment decision-making. Analysis of ESG and other nonfi nancial information is not a fl ash-inthe-pan trend among institutional investors. While the broad change in investor sentiment cannot be attributed to a single incident or cause, it seems that we have reached a subtle but noteworthy infl ection point, and ESG investing has entered the mainstream. This is despite the global uncertainty on where ESG policy development is going. ESG analysis has evolved over the last decade, from an early emphasis by investors on governance issues to a broader interest in recent years on environmental factors, says Jennifer Anderson, who serves as the Responsible.”

Trump kan ikke påvirke flodbølgen mod mere focus på klimaforandringer og rapportering om samfundsansvar: I nyt forskningspapir hedder det, at ”climate Change and Sustainability Financial Reporting (CCSFR) is a complex, swiftly evolving, and now crucial area for issuers and capital providers globally. It has arrived front-and-center in global capital markets with the entrance of G20/ Financial Stability Board (FSB) oversight. The Trump Administration’s resolute efforts to retract, revoke, or otherwise invalidate the climate protection progress made by the Obama Administration, as well as Trump Executive Orders aimed at scaling back financial regulation, will not diminish or derail the global tidal wave of investor demand for “full and fair” CCSFR, nor will Trump Administration actions alter or impede the seismic shift of global governmental support for this disclosure.”

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