Reason d’être

We were founded in 2002, in the midst of the reform of corporate governance systems as a response to a number of major corporate and accounting scandals. Consequently, corporate governance regulations and codes were being revised all over the world. A few prominent examples of these new regulations are Sarbanes-Oxley in the US, the Combined Code in the UK and the Code Tabaksblat in The Netherlands.

As a result, institutional investors reassessed their role as shareholder and started to incorporate corporate governance principles in their policies and their investment decisions, thereby fueling shareholder awareness.

The impact of these reforms led to significant changes for shareholders and companies individually as well as the relationship between these two. Today, the dialogue between principals (shareholders) and agents (management) is key within this new context of corporate governance. Good corporate governance is a key precondition for sustainable long-term value creation.