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Corporate governance

Corporate governance touches the very core of how companies are organised and how they relate to their key stakeholders and the outside world. Europe should aim at a corporate governance framework that allows capital markets to remain an attractive way for companies to access finance. Being listed should be a catalyst to creation of growth and jobs.

One-size-fits-all legislation is incompatible with the diversity and richness of corporate governance systems. These are the product of a long process of fine tuning and balance reached between legislation and self-regulation.

BusinessEurope seeks to promote good corporate governance through the exchange of best practices and increased transparency through a better application of national codes of corporate governance.

Publications

Position papers Date
Proposal for a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence (CSDD) - BusinessEurope comments 31/05/2022
Sustainable corporate governance - BusinessEurope's main messages 09/06/2021
Due diligence - BusinessEurope's main messages 09/06/2021
Sustainable corporate governance and due diligence - BusinessEurope reply to the European Commission public consultation 04/02/2021
Legal affairs strategy for the next political cycle 01/10/2019
The EU proposal on whistleblower protection - Comments 10/07/2018
EU company law upgraded - Reply to the European Commission consultation 26/07/2017
EU company law going digital 13/01/2016
Press releases Date
EU companies need workable rules on corporate due diligence 23/02/2022
Public letters Date
Upcoming sustainable corporate governance initiative - Letter to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission 01/02/2022
Upcoming sustainable corporate governance package: impact assessment concerns - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Maroš Šefčovič 30/04/2021
Vote on draft report on corporate due diligence and corporate accountability - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee 21/01/2021
Due diligence and sustainable corporate governance - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Didier Reynders 13/10/2020
BusinessEurope's concerns about implementation of the EU audit regulation - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to European Commissioner Lord Jonathan Hill 22/05/2015
Revision of the parent-subsidiary directive - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Ioannis Stoumaras in advance of the ECFIN Council meeting on 11 March 2014 25/02/2014
Last updated: 4 July 2016