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Taiwan Stock Exchange launched a Corporate Governance Evaluation System on March 31, 2014. The evaluation system follows the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance (rights of shareholders, equitable treatment of shareholders, role of stakeholders, disclosure and transparency, and responsibilities of the board) with five corresponding sections and a total of 92 indicators. All TWSE listed companies will be evaluated in 2015 based on publicly available information, and the evaluation will be conducted annually. Companies which rank in the top 20 percent with the highest evaluation scores will be disclosed.

Today at Brazil’s BM&FBOVESPA and in nine other countries, the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) presented an international integrated reporting framework for companies. IIRC promotes the integration of financial, sustainability and governance information in corporate reports. The document will be available for consultation and suggestions (in English) for 90 days at the IIRC web portal. The Portuguese version will be published soon at the web portal of the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC).

On December 12, MICEX-RTS and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) signed an agreement that will strengthen corporate governance in Russia through a program called the OECD-Russia Corporate Governance Roundtable. The signing ceremony took place at the Russian Ministry of Economic Development as part of OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría’s visit to Moscow.

Business and investment leaders today call for a new approach to corporate reporting in a landmark Discussion Paper, called Towards Integrated Reporting – Communicating Value in the 21st Century, published by the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC).

Integrated Reporting will provide more comprehensive and meaningful information about all aspects of an organization‟s performance and position, presented in a much clearer, more concise and more user friendly format. In particular it will demonstrate the links between an organization‟s financial performance and the social, environmental and economic context within which it operates.

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Tokyo Stock Exchange Group Inc. (TSE Group) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in developing capital markets in emerging economies, helping protect investors through better corporate governance, ensure fair markets, and spur economic growth.

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The World Federation of Exchanges is an association of excellence. Included, of course, is the Johannesburg Stock Exchange which in the latest global competitiveness report of the World Economic Forum, was once again placed first in terms of market regulation. In this context of excellence it is indeed an honour that the WFE should make me the recipient of an Award of Excellence in recognition of the work I have done in leading national commissions on Corporate Governance, especially the South African commission, and for driving forward integrated reporting which is better suited to the changed world in which we live. I acknowledge the role of the many I have led in the various commissions, the GRI and the IIRC in promoting the ideal of integrated reporting.

our respective anniversaries come at a critical juncture for the world economy. The financial crisis has been the worst one in our lifetime. It exposed massive failures in regulation, in supervision, in corporate governance and in risk management. The crisis also resulted in a major loss of confidence by the public in governments, in business and in finance.

Egypt's stock exchange delists firms in a move to put quality over quantity. The Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX) delisted 14 companies at the start of the year. According to a statement on the EGX’s website, the firms’ shares were transferred to the Over the Counter (OTC) Board (Orders Market) for two weeks starting January 3. This move gave individual investors time to leave the companies before they were transferred to the OTC Market (Deals) two weeks later.

The contribution of stock exchanges to improving standards of corporate governance in recent decades has been manifest. Through participation in developing national codes of corporate governance, by setting listing and maintenance requirements consistent with high standards of governance and through monitoring and disclosure of listed companies’ corporate governance arrangements, exchanges have been at the forefront of a process of raising standards.

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(Paris, 26 September 2011). The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) announced that the recipient of the WFE Award for Excellence this year will be Professor Mervyn King, the incoming Chairman of the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC). South Africa native Professor King is designated for this Award in recognition of his work in leading national commissions on corporate governance reform, and for driving forward a financial reporting framework that is better able to accommodate the complexity and need for transparency in this period of financial and economic turmoil – an Integrated Report.

(11 October 2010, Paris) Chairmen and Chief Executives from more than 68 of the world’s leading exchanges gathered in Paris this week for the 50th General Assembly and Annual Meeting of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE ). This assembly represents the largest and most widely attended gathering of global exchange leaders.

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WFE Annual Meeting, Paris 2010 - Panel 7 Exchanges advancing environmental, social and governance (ESG) work

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