The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) has been at the center of a long term effort to focus research on a variety of aspects of corporate governance among advanced economies.
The conference series “European Company Law and Corporate Governance Conferences” was launched at a full-day public conference in The Hague on 18 October 2004 during the Dutch EU Presidency. In subsequent years, conferences have been held in several countries during their respective EU Presidency. Information about these conferences, if still available, can be found on various websites. The ECGI has collated documents into a single repository for the first time for the convenience of scholars, practitioners and policy-makers alike. (See EU Presidency conferences Repository)
The 12th Conference took place at the Convention Centre Dublin, on 16 and 17 May 2013, during the Irish Presidency of the EU. The Conference was organized around the publication of the European Commission's Action Plan on Company Law and Corporate Governance which outlines the initiatives the Commission has signaled it will likely take with the objective of modernizing and enhancing the current European structures of corporate governance and company law. (Communication From the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, The European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, Action Plan: European company law and corporate governance - a modern legal framework for more engaged shareholders and sustainable companies, Brussels, XXX, COM(2012) 740/2().
The ECGI organised two sessions on the first day on the theme of "short-termism," the impact of financial markets and the UK Kay Review. It also included the presentation of a specially commissioned conference research paper, Deridre Ahern and Blanaid Clarke, Listed Companies' Engagement with Diversity: A Multi-Jurisdictional Study of Annual Report Disclosures, ECGI Working Paper 221/2013. This post presents information about the conference (with links) and some thoughts about that conference paper.