Investigation of institutional investors’ responsible investment practices in UK

Posi Olatubosun

Research output: Working paper

Abstract

The focus of Corporate Governance is shifting from the role of directors to active ownership. Based on their fiduciary duty to other shareholders, it is believed that institutional investors have an important role to play in this regard. However, the Pension Funds and the Sovereign Wealth Organisations are not driven by the same set of objectives. In addition, Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) issues in investment decision-making are now becoming more important and they are capable of becoming the mainstream in the future. However, there are widespread variations in perception of fiduciary responsibilities, ESG issues appraisal, as well as the strategies adopted by institutional investors on shareholder engagement as responsible investors. Responsible Investment market is largely driven by institutional investors and they are expected to continue to lead the way. This research work investigates the role of the main asset owners and their advisors in responsible investment practices in the UK. It adopts a qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews, questionnaire and meetings observations. Gathered data is analysed using grounded theory and the findings highlight the perception of the various investor groups to corporate governance. The research work contributes to the body of knowledge by assessing the corporate governance perspectives of the various classes of institutional investors which may have practical implications for other countries.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRegent's University London
Pages1-18
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRegent's Working Papers in Business & Management
No.RWPBM1306

Keywords

  • corporate governance
  • responsible investment
  • shareholder activism
  • CSR

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