Deutsches Aktieninstitut has commented on the revision of the German Corporate Governance Code proposed by Regierungskommission Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex. The determination of independence of Supervisory Board members by negative indicators is welcome. However, going further into detail, Deutsches Aktieninstitut is critical as to criteria put forward as indication for independence - such as the fixed term limit to a maximum of 12 years for recurring re-appointment as member of the ...

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In its proposal for a review of the EU supervisory architecture, the EU Commission significantely extends competences of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). In its position paper Deutsches Aktieninstitut compares the currently discussed EU Parliament`s draft report with the EU Commission proposal. Whilst we recognize improvements as to accountability and control of EU Supervisory Authorities by the EU legislator as well as stakeholders, the draft report ...

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In a proposal for a supervisory guideline ESMA is currently about to narrow down the right to delay the publication of inside information of listed companies. This is notin line with the text of the Market Abuse Regulation. Even worse, the ESMA proposal would de facto eliminate the possibility of a delay for a number of situations that currently constitute "a legitimate interest" in two tier board system. This position paper summarizes the concerns of the German listed companies.


The positiov of German listed companies for the trialogues on the Shareholder Rights Directive is summarized in two position papers of Deutsches Aktieninstitut. In a joint position paper with the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI) Deutsches Aktieninstiutt focusses on the provisions on related party transactions, remuneration and the topic of proxy advisors. Both associations stress that for the German industry it is of major importance that in particular the improvements on related ...


In this position paper Deutsches Aktieninstitut and the Federation of German Industries (BDI) criticize the far-reaching consequences of the German transposition act of the EU audit reform as it partially undermines well-tried corporate governance-mechanisms of the two-tier-system. This applies especially to the newly introduced rules on audit committees of which some threaten to cross the line between the management and the supervisory function.


This position paper comments on a draft code of conduct which has been presented in October 2013 by a group of proxy advisors to govern their transparency and business conduct. Deutsches appreciate the initiative as step forward in order to improve the transparency of the proxy advisory industry. However, the code should be improved. Deutsches Aktieninstitut is in particular calling for the opportunity to check the draft of a voting recommendation on factual errors before its ...

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Position paper of Deutsches Akteininstitut on a proposed German act on the representation of women in executive positions

Das Deutsche Aktieninstitut hält die geforderte starre Frauenquote weder für verfassungsgemäß noch für zielführend. Nur gemeinsame Anstrengungen des Staates, der Unternehmen und der Betroffenen können dazu führen, dass mehr Frauen Führungspositionen übernehmen.


Position of Deutsches Aktieninstitut in regard of the proposal of promoting equal participation of women and men in management and supervisory boards



Response of Deutsches Aktieninstitut in regard of the modification proposals of the Government Commission German Corporate Governance Code 2012



Position of Deutsches Aktieninstitut in regard of the government draft bill of the revised Stock Corporation Act 2012 (in German)



Comment of Deutsches Aktieninstitut on the regulation of the external auditor market


Institutional investors increasingly integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) into the assessment of business and strategy of portfolio companies. This trend is documented in this survey conducted by Deutsches Aktieninstitut and Rothschild & Co. It is based on interviews with institutional investors managing a total of 14.4 trillion assets. A high number of original quotes from different investors allows readers to form an own opinion.