Astia CEO: AGM season is time for private investors to take note on diversity

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AGM season is upon us once again. While the perennial themes of executive pay and the state of the markets’ impact on future financial performance will remain at the forefront of shareholders’ minds, this year ESG (environmental, social, and governance) issues are also front of mind for shareholders, customers and employees alike.

Many see gender and equity as core to a global businesses' ability to assess both risks and opportunities. Unlike in prior AGM cycles, this time we are in the wake of a global pandemic and the war in Ukraine continues - both that have us reassessing priorities. The business imperative for diversity within FTSE boardrooms seems tantamount to the measure of a businesses' ability to navigate this current set of crises. A recent Harvard Law School publication said it quite succinctly, "ESG is now, without question, a mainstream lens through which companies are viewed and assessed by investor...

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