European Shareholder Activism in Global Markets Affecting Workforce IssuesJune 2009 | Motley Rice LLC
Workers’ rights, human rights and corporate governance are inextricably linked in today’s modern, globalized economy. In recent years, many institutional investors have come to the realization that it is in their interests as fiduciaries to seek to influence the corporate behavior of the companies in which they invest. This activism is motivated by the growing consensus that well-governed companies provide increased long-term investment returns.
Further, institutional investors increasingly recognize that a company’s stakeholders include not only its shareholders, but also its employees, customers, and any other individuals impacted by the company’s activities.