Montreal, November 24, 2011 – Aegis Group plc (Aegis) has been recognized with the ICSA Hermes Transparency in Governance Award for Best Sustainability and Stakeholder Disclosure throughout the FTSE 250 list of companies.
Awarded on November 16 by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), a world-wide organization of executive administrators and advisors in corporate matters and a leading authority on compliance and governance, this honor rewards Aegis’ performance as one of the companies having met the highest standards of disclosure among 250 companies listed in the London Stock Exchange (FTSE 250).
Rewarding high standards for disclosure in company reports, the ICSA Hermes Transparency in Governance Awards are not open for nomination and are independently judged by the ICSA and asset management firm Hermes. Company and annual reports of all FTSE 250 companies are independently reviewed and only those which meet top standards of disclosure are shortlisted.
In awarding the Best Sustainability and Stakeholder Disclosure award to Aegis, judges commented that the Aegis Group 2010 annual report was chosen not just for its clear explanation of progress made over the year but also for its honesty and transparency on a range of sustainability topics and related challenges regarding its Future Proof programme.
Some of Aegis’ global accomplishments in sustainable development to which both Carat and Vizeum contributed include concrete in-office measures to reduce carbon footprint, participation in a variety of volunteer activities and the submission of local annual reports, consolidated by the head office on a yearly basis.
“We’re delighted to have received this award,” said Nigel Morris, CEO Americas and Chair, CR steering group said. “Our Future Proof strategy is about taking our responsibilities seriously and demonstrating to clients how ambitious we are.”
“It is testament to what has so far been achieved on our journey of consistently improving our sustainability disclosure and of taking positive action as a responsible corporate citizen,” concluded Morris.
The award follows a sector leading performance by Aegis in the 2011 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) review and its best ever rating and continued inclusion in the responsible investment index FTSE4Good.
The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators is a world-wide organization of executive administrators and advisors in corporate matters and a leading authority on compliance and governance. Chartered Secretaries are high-ranking professionals with a broad base of skills unique among the professions. Trained in law, finance, accounting, strategy and governance, Chartered Secretaries provide a focal point for independent advice and guidance on the conduct of business, governance and compliance.
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